'Breaking Bad' Recap: 'Leaves of Grass' Leaves Us Hanging

(Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!) I know tonight wasn't technically the season 5 finale of Breaking Bad, but come on, it might as well be. I mean, we don't get to see what happened after tonight's episode until NEXT SUMMER. There's a special kind of frustration to a split season, don't you think? Way to hook us up with the blue meth then TOTALLY CUT US OFF, AMC. Jesus, I feel like I need to start attending Jesse's recovery meetings from season 3.

Ahem. Anyway, now that I've voiced my general unhappiness that this is all OVER for a year … let's talk about tonight's show.


Ok, so we start out with a buzzing fly, Walt's gimlet eyes trained on the greedy, hand-rubbing creature -- a nice metaphor for so many things, and yeah, anyone feeling a sense of familiarity here? Hi, season 3, and here goes Walt into the MRI machine. Something is definitely up, but there's no time to focus on Walt's potentially metastasized cancer because here he is talking to Lydia, who helps arrange death after death of Mike's imprisoned partners (stab stab STABSTABSTABSTAB, guy lit on fire, etc).

Marie talks with Skyler and gently points out that it's been, like, 3 months now. Could you maybe take your kids back, Skyler? Not that we're sick of them! Babysitting is awesome! We love it! We're just saying, Skyler.

Skyler takes Walt to a storage facility where she's been carefully piling up stacks of money (and occasionally spraying it for silverfish). "It's more than we can spend in ten lifetimes," she tells Walt.

"I'm out," Walt tells her.

Ahhhh, but who believes him? Certainly not Jesse. Certainly not Hank, who after all this time stumbles onto Heisenberg via Whitman's Leaves of Grass:

Gliding o’er all, through all,
Through Nature, Time, and Space,
As a ship on the waters advancing,
The voyage of the soul—not life alone,
Death, many deaths I’ll sing.

Isn't it SO HANK that he finds this while he's taking a dump? Anyway, here's this book, given to Walt by a mysterious someone who goes by G.B. Gale Boetticher, natch, Walt's onetime assistant, and whoah, Hank understands so much now. Not everything, but enough. Enough to crack Walt's life wiiiiiiiiiidde open. And -- closing credits.


What do you think will go down during the end of the season on Breaking Bad?

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