Breaking Bad Finale Recap: The Unanswered Questions

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The Breaking Bad finale has come and gone, and there were relatively few unanswered questions left in its wake, at least in terms of plot points.

No one can say they were let down by this ending in terms of its finality. No Lost or Sopranos ambiguity here. At all. Bad was pretty much all tied up.

WARNING: If you haven't seen it, major spoilers below ...

Breaking Bad Series Finale Scene

Walt came home from the Granite State (Live Free or Die), ingeniously worked his way into Uncle Jack's compound and rigged a machine gun to kill his crew.

He ended up taking a bullet himself during that elaborate stunt, fittingly bleeding out by his own hand. But not before he found some level of redemption.

Walt used the Ricin on Lydia, a substitute for her beloved sweetener. How, logistically, did he pull that off? We're left guessing there. But it happened.

He freed poor Jesse, who we saw in a flashback crafting and caressing the wooden box he once spoke of fondly in therapy, from slavery under Todd.

He even, at least to a degree, made up with Skyler.

The night’s emotional high point was their final exchange in the dingy place she now calls home, when Walt admitted that he did it all ... for himself.

The fallen kingpin had finally come to grips with the violent egomaniac he had become, and the toll his reckless ambition had taken on all he loved.

No one who met Walter White was ever the same, nor did leave any better for it. Walt tacitly acknowledged this and did not even ask for forgiveness.

After so many lies, to others and to himself, that admission was perhaps the most significant moment in an episode that lacked for any major twists.

Walt was a narcissist, control freak, liar and manipulator who once hit nine of Mike's guys in under two minutes. But he was not pure evil like Jack.

The Neo-Nazi posse got what was coming to them, and it was hard not to root for the "good" guy Walt at that moment, especially as he took a bullet for Jesse.

The look Walt exchanged with him as the two parted ways was wonderful, too, Walt resigned to his fate and bidding his former protege farewell.

Has Walt been redeemed by his actions in the Breaking Bad finale? That's likely taking it too far, but for a man with his resume, he went out on a high note.

Breaking Bad Finale Scene

Will Jesse get his life together? That remains an open question, and his prospects are not good, given his fragile state. But if nothing else ... at least Walt is gone.

And Todd. And Jack. Maybe he can at least go chill with hit men posers Badger and Skinny Pete for awhile and go back to the man he used to be.

Speaking of gone, Walt appeared to be from the moment he got into the Volvo at the beginning. He was more ghost than man, a shell of his past self.

Walt walked in and out of gas stations, restaurants, even homes as if invisible. Yet he was secure in the mission he came back to ABQ to finish.

Never was this truer than when the finale circled back to Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz, whose Charlie Rose interview spurred Heisenberg's last stand.

Walt’s former partners at Gray Matter were terrified, and he relished in that, even as he laid out his plan to give Walt Jr. the money through their trust.

Will they honor his wishes? We'll never know, but the bigger unanswered question - perhaps the only one from a plot perspective - involves Walt's past.

The show never fully explained why Walt broke away from Gretchen and Elliott, and this seemed like the perfect place to do so. He was there for a WHILE.

There were hints throughout the series, many of them conflicting. Did they screw Walt out of his share? Did he leave out of arrogance then regret it?

Walt’s transformation from teacher to criminal mastermind made for the best show in TV history, but how he became a teacher instead of Elliott's partner?

That was perhaps the one big secret Vince Gilligan & Co. never truly spelled out in an otherwise air-tight finale bringing to a close this epic saga.

Follow this link for TV Fanatic's Breaking Bad finale review, then tell us:

Did Walter White redeem himself on the series finale?

 

Will Jesse get his life together after his dramatic rescue?

 

Walt using the ricin on Lydia: Did you see that coming?

 

Will Walt Jr. get the money in 10 months and 1 day?

 

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Best Moment of the finale was when walt was with her daughter and skyler was just standing behind... the whole scene was just heart touching...

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The author plagiarized this entire post from a NY Times article. Lame. http://mobile.nytimes.com/tv/2...

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Walt killed the Nazis to take his meth with him. The way he reacted to Badger & Skinny Pete telling him the blue meth was still on the streets, it was clear he was pissed at Pinkman. He also targeted Lydia, who was also still benefiting from "his" formula. He wanted to kill them all and take his meth with him to the grave. I think he decided to save Jesse in a moment. Even in the end, Walt left Jessie with a lie.

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They explained the Grey Matter thing a long time ago. Walt and Gretchen were a couple. They broke up and Gretchen ended up with Elliot, Walt's business partner. It was awkward or painful enough for Walt to want to leave. So he took a buy out. Later, it became clear that the buy out was a mistake.

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My understanding was that Walt left Gray Matter because of his affair with Gretchen, but that the company then cheated him out of both the recognition and money he had earned through his work in developing their product from the beginning. My biggest unanswered question is why Don Eladio didn't shoot Gus when he hand his partner first came to him -- the implication was that Gus had some sort of connections that made it a bad idea. I would have loved to know more about that. (Also to see more of Giancarlo Esposito!)

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Awesome awesome show over 5 seasons.only show better was Rescue Me

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One thing I noticed, and haven't seen anywhere is was Walts intention to die with the skinheads until Jesse came in the picture? I don't think he was expecting that

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I love the series. but currently, it is tied between bb (breaking bad) and pll (we all know what pll means.)

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I enjoyed the series very much. Walt was indeed a criminal mastermind. However, my all-time favourite series has to remain, Supernatural.

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