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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.83
I thought we were going to go to a darker less satisfying place. Instead everything got tied up, but almost too nicely. I was less than impressed with Walt's Go-Go Gadget Trunk and would have been more interested in seeing it fail. I liked the Ricin bit, but is Lydia always there on Tuesday at ten and if so how do they not know her order by now or is there that much turnover there? If it's only some Tuesdays than good job Walt with picking the right one. Jesse I guess drives off to turn himself in or to his next movie.

Great show, great build I was underwhelmed by the ending, but I didn't walk away feeling angry with how things turned out either. I was hoping for more of a life's not fair and you don't always get what you want ending but we've got Game of Thrones for that.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.11
I too was hoping for a darker ending, but in the end, I was happy with the finale.

The twist with the Grey Matter couple was good. I thought the Ricin was for them, but Walt had bigger plans. Right there I knew there would be no loose strings.

I think in the end what the finale showed that even as he was dying, Walt was the smartest man in the room. He tricked Grey Matter into making sure his family was secure financially. He snuck by the cops - IN BROAD DAYLIGHT - to get in to say goodbye to Skylar and Holly and for one last look at Flynn. He tricked Lydia into poisoning herself and to having Todd get him to the Nazi compound. He fooled Jack into holding off shooting him long enough to make sure he had Jessie and then killed them all. In the end, he died the smartest man in this whole mess. And he died in the place he loved the most - his lab.

If I had one issue with the finale, it would be that as Jessie was driving away, he should have let out one last "YEAH BITCH" as he drove through the compound gates.

I am sad to see Breaking Bad go, but I am glad it left on top. I can say with no hesitation that I have never seen a series that was this good for this long without a lull in it and I do not think I ever will.

A final tip of the cap to all involved with Breaking Bad. Job well done.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.45
Loved it. I think the threat of the dark finale was always there, so it made sense to go the other way and keep it simple and tie up all loose ends. They still did it in a smart way.

If there was one flaw that's prevalent in the whole series, even from the first episode, it's all of Walt's implausible bargain-making to make sure his sometimes-also-implausible plan goes down. Even though that was prevalent in this episode, it was consistent with everything before it, so it's hard to have a problem with Walt's plans going through. At least he had to stumble to earn the execution.

But if I was underwhelmed with anything, it was how contained everything was to that one compound room and how the whole series wound up ending there, but they still hit all the right beats and it was probably for the best to keep a locked-down cast.

One thing that had to be pointed out to me was that the way Walt died was the same way Mike died. Wounded (I think in the same spot) then walking over to a more soothing place to die in peace. I thought for sure he was going to blow up the meth lab, but that was a great tease.


Best part for me, though, was the whole Skyler/Walt Jr. sequence. I loved that Walt was able to clear the air about some things, and that scene where Walt is just watching his son with no dialogue was to me the emotional climax. It really felt like the end there.

Also, when the red lasers came up at the Schwarzes.

I also like how open-ended Jesse's ending was. Does he help raise Brock, who's probably in child services or living with a relative? Does he write a book? Does he take up woodworking as a trade? Maybe all of those things, but he's free and Walt died before he ever got caught. Probably for the best.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.76
Yeah, I loved it.

The Finale made last weeks episode that much better. I fell for it hook, line and sinker. The whole Grey Matter thing had me believing that this was where Walt's ego was going to get the best of him. A weak ending was coming. Nope! Instead we just got an excellent scene and perfect utilization of Walt's manipulative abilities.

I can't wait to watch this series front to back again. I got hooked in on the first Netflix run then paid for every episode of season 4 to stream on my TV. This is a must buy series for me on Blue Ray.

Vince Gilligan often credits Netflix as the reason why the show was successful. He just did it again with the Emmy. I am one of those Netflix viewers for this show.

After Season 3 I was hooked hardcore. I got to hitch a ride for the 4th season with Amazon/Smart T.V. Then I got to feel what it's like to go along for the ride for the past two years. The anticipation week after week, just fun.

Looking forward to the extra stuff on the blu ray's, watching again with commentary, then again without.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.74
This is exactly what it should have been. This is the ending the show has built to for five years. It was perfect. The best TV drama, start to finish, or all time.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.11
I was in the no Happy Ending camp, but I think that was the twist to everything. Everything has been darky darky for so long, the fact they ended with Walt giving hope to everyone in some weird ways was nice. I have to say this was as close to perfect as they could have got. Wish they had Saul one more time, but Badger and Skinny Pete was a nice touch as well as the Hank cameo.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.14

Yeah, 'I loved it' as well. While I know some were hoping for a darker resolution, all of these people have fallen pretty far throughout this season.

I don't know if there was ever a more satisfying death on television than Jesse off'ing Todd with the very chains that bound him. I liked Aaron Paul's description of that scene - it would not be satisfying to have Jesse shoot Todd. Todd had to fight, and Jesse had to *take* Todd's life.

    Originally posted by Wpob
    The twist with the Grey Matter couple was good. I thought the Ricin was for them, but Walt had bigger plans. Right there I knew there would be no loose strings.


I keep thinking that part of the reason Walt used Gretchen and Elliot to distribute the money to his kids is so he can have some control over them after all. They're going to be living in fear for their lives for some period of time, so his parting gift to them was showing that he was the boss after all.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
Sad as I am to see it go, I doubt they could have kept this show going any longer and maintained this quality. It was the exact right length for the characters, for a semblance of realism, and for fan and critical interest. I wouldn't say Greatest Show of All-Time because for that in my opinion you need to change the entire landscape forever (Sopranos, All in the Family, etc). But it's damn close anyway.

I was fine with the "Happy Ending". It's more bittersweet than happy, if you think about it. Walt died with his family, his son in particular, hating his guts. The Shwartzes will give the money to them presumably but they'll always hate Walt, certainly as long as Marie is alive to remind them of what he did. He got Hank killed, get Jesse put through hell, and had not one person in the world who loved him at the end of his life. Just the chemistry. Yes, he established a degree of redemption, but that's big stretch to call it "happy". People nowadays aren't satisfied unless everyone is completely obliterated in the most soul-crushing manner possible.

This was perfect.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.14

In reading a few of the recaps and reviews of the finale, I agree that, if people wanted the ending to be darker in tone, then the 'story' finale was really "Ozymandias". Nearly everything to which the show had built was resolved in that episode, and the remaining episodes really deal feel more 'epilogue' in nature.




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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.72
It's kind of weird that Walt's actual final line on the show was "Goodbye, Lydia." It probably didn't need to be spelled out that he poisoned her, I think most viewers were smart enough to pick up on it -- Walt could've just said "feels like you have the flu, doesn't it?" and then hung up.

Todd, to the very end, was still a blank slate. His uncle and gang have been massacred, Todd looks out the window to see the machine gun setup, and instead of being enraged, he just musters a "geez, Mr. White" before Jesse chokes him out.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.88
I liked that Walter finally admitted outloud to Skylar that he did what he did for himself, not trying to justify it with providing for his family (who still do not want his drug money and hate him). There were several times his ego got them in a deeper hole when they could've gotten out of the meth business scott free.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.72

I really don't know how this could have been done more perfectly.

The scene with Walt & Skyler, along with Walt seeing his daughter one last time & watching Walt, Jr. one last time, was one of the finest I've ever seen on TV.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/tv/225839181.html

NEW YORK — AMC says Sunday's "Breaking Bad" finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series.

The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale airing a year ago.

The network says an expanded one-hour version of its "Talking Bad" discussion after-show delivered 4.4 million viewers.

The drama's popularity has soared during its five-season run, while it reaped acclaim and awards. At last week's Emmy Awards it collected a best-drama-series trophy and a supporting-actress statuette for Anna Gunn, who played the wife of teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White opposite series star Bryan Cranston.

The series' previous record was set last Sunday, when 6.6 million viewers tuned at the same time as the Emmys.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.98
My only quibble was with the nod between Jesse and Walt. The last time they saw each other Walt handed Jesse over to the Nazi's and told him he killed Jane. Having them then part with some level of understanding seemed a stretch and I'd rather their last interaction had been Jesse telling Walt to "do it yourself".

Other than that I thought it was pretty damn perfect. When does Better Call Saul start already?
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
Damn. I was so wrong on my call that rumors of a "Better Call Saul" spinoff was a red herring to distract from his inevitable demise.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.55
    Originally posted by dMr
    My only quibble was with the nod between Jesse and Walt. The last time they saw each other Walt handed Jesse over to the Nazi's and told him he killed Jane. Having them then part with some level of understanding seemed a stretch and I'd rather their last interaction had been Jesse telling Walt to "do it yourself".

    Other than that I thought it was pretty damn perfect. When does Better Call Saul start already?


Jessie noticed Walt was wounded. He also doesn't want to do anything for Walt anymore. He killed Todd for Drew and Andrea and putting him through hell, but he isn't a killer. Gale was done against his best wishes and was only done to keep them (Walt mainly) alive. Why shoot Walt and live with another death on his conscience when he could let Walt bleed out.

Walt let Jane die. Jessie let Walt die. I like the symmetry.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.98
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    Walt let Jane die. Jessie let Walt die. I like the symmetry.


I had no issue with this, just the nod and half-smile of understanding/forgiveness that was exchanged between them as Jesse got into the car that and seemed highly unlikely and designed purely to give Walt a more redemptive end.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.75
Walt's the only father figure that ever cared about Jesse. Families fight.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.98
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    Walt's the only father figure that ever cared about Jesse. Families fight.
I'm guessing you're mostly kidding (most families don't kill/poison loved ones or bring in Nazi hitmen) but we're given good reason to believe that Jesse's parents cared deeply about him and that he'd abused their trust numerous times. It looked like they had their faults to be sure, but I don't think not giving a shit was one of them.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by dMr
      Originally posted by Zeruel
      Walt let Jane die. Jessie let Walt die. I like the symmetry.


    I had no issue with this, just the nod and half-smile of understanding/forgiveness that was exchanged between them as Jesse got into the car that and seemed highly unlikely and designed purely to give Walt a more redemptive end.


Let's not forget Walt came back for Jesse (granted, he needed him to execute the Nazi crew and he obviously saw Jesse as his 'in') but the fact remains he tackled Jesse prevented him from being collateral damage and is the reason Jesse is freed. He also created Jesse's chance to get Todd.

I think that deserves at least a nod.



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