It's a little silly to speculate about what's going to happen in the final season of Breaking Bad because we've only got seven episodes left and, really, all will be revealed very soon and there's no way to be sure about anything until the final credits roll. That's not going to stop me, of course. I'm just acknowledging that this is silly and I should probably get a non-television-based hobby or two.
That said, I've combed the Internet for some theories on how the story of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and other assorted players will conclude by the series finale -- and man, do I have some doozies in this list. Read no farther if you want to avoid potential spoilers (and definite spoilers for the episodes to date); otherwise, let's consider the following 5 deaths that may shock the ever-loving crap out of us over the next two months.
Walt kills Skyler.
Someone originally shared this intriguing theory on Reddit, and it was reposted on a Straight Dope message board last October:
In Breaking Bad, Walt has a habit of taking on some little traits of the people he has killed. When Walt killed Crazy 8, he started cutting off the crusts of his sandwiches -- just as Crazy 8 had done. Gus drives a Volvo. After Walt kills Gus, at the beginning of Season 5 (at the Denny's), Walt is driving a Volvo (w/ NH plates). When Mike and Walt meet at a bar in an earlier season, Walt orders his drink neat while Mike has his on the rocks. After Mike is killed, and Hank offers Walt a drink in his office -- he asks for it on the rocks. At that same scene at Denny's, Walt arranges his bacon into his new age. Someone else used to do that. On top of that, he's using Skyler's maiden name on his fake ID. Based on his history of picking up traits from his victims -- I believe Walt is going to murder Skyler before the series is over, and it probably had already happened before he showed up at the Denny's in the Season 5 cold open.
Whoah. Some web sleuthing tells me Skyler did in fact arrange a "50" with veggie bacon on the morning of Walt's 50th birthday. Walt and Walt Jr. talk her into doing this for his 51st birthday, too. (From a recap: "She does so reluctantly -- and makes the '1' in '51' much smaller than the '5'. The message is clear: She's hoping this year of Walt's life will be a short one. When they insist she fix it, she swaps a full strip from Junior's plate with Walt's half-strip, a move that echoes Skyler's prime concern: The longer Walt lives, the more he puts his children in danger of having their own lives cut short.")
Is Walt's arrangement of the '52' just a mournful way to remember the loving family he once had -- or is there something more sinister going on here?
Walt's whole family dies, but he lives.
At a recent New York Times-sponsored TimesTalk, Bryan Cranston was asked if his character deserved to die. Check out his chin-scratcher of an answer:
There's a good case for that, that maybe that's the fitful end. And yet, what if the thing he wanted the most—which was the togetherness of his family—what if he lived, and they didn't? Wouldn't that be a worse hell to be in?
Just to keep us guessing, he added,
Or maybe he should die. I vacillate on this.
Walt will kill Jesse.
NOOOOOOO I hate this theory. But here's another tidbit from Cranston that makes me wonder who all he'll take out before his final moments:
I think Walt’s going to a place where he truly enjoys the empowerment that his situation has given him. And even though he knows he’s going out from lung cancer, he’s going to go out big. He’s going out big.
So big he kills the one character we're all rooting for, maybe? Has Jesse passed the point of redemption, so even death would be a mercy to him at this point?
Walt will kill himself.
This post at Uproxx points out that the final season may be tied back to the pilot in a number of ways. We've already seen Walt heading into the MRI machine in a callback to the first episode:
... so maybe we'll see something that echoes this scene from the pilot, too?
The same article has an interesting theory regarding the color green. Walt wears a light green shirt during the pilot episode when he tries to kill himself but there’s no bullet in the chamber, and later, he wears a lime green shirt after killing Gus Fring and phoning Skyler to tell her, “I won.” In the flash-forward scenes presented during season 5, we see Walter wearing a faded green jacket at the Denny’s where he appears to be on the run from someone or something. The green shirts are getting progressively darker, things are getting progressively worse.
Baby Holly will die.
The final and most uncomfortable possibility to consider: the death of little Holly. Here's what The Daily Beast writes on the topic:
Vince Gilligan has gone on record on numerous occasions about the importance of color in Breaking Bad, and how it’s used to foreshadow certain events. The color pink is important on the show because it tends to be associated with death. There’s the charred pink teddy bear, which served as a motif during much of the show—you know, the one that fell out of the 737 plane and landed in Walt’s swimming pool, losing an eye. Then, when Walt witnesses the plane crash, he’s wearing a hot pink V-neck sweater. And, after Jesse’s squeeze Jane dies, he finds a cigarette she left in his car covered in her pick lipstick. The most memorable image of Walt’s daughter Holly, meanwhile, is of her sitting in her stroller in what looks like a pink bear costume.
Let's just ... let's hope if that happens, it isn't shown onscreen.
I could toss out potential ideas all day and never feel confident I'm even close to having a correct prediction as to how this unpredictable show will end, but I like the idea of Jesse living, Hank dying (sorry Hank), and Walt living -- but just barely, as he rides out the final days of his cancer -- to see his family leaving him forever. Maybe Walt's in a wheelchair like Hector, reduced to ringing a service bell to try and communicate.
Do you think any of the above five theories sound plausible?
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