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October 03, 2013

The ending episode of Breaking Bad

If, like me, you thought--counter to the mountains of praise it received--it was logically and physically extremely implausible, know that we're not alone. Two commenters have offered a persuasive case that the whole episode, after Walt finds the car keys a couple of minutes in, is actually his fantasy. Norm McDonald's take. Emily Nussbaum's.

I feel better.

My wife says this explanation reminds her of Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge".


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Doh! Of course. It was all just a dream! That's the only way everything, I mean EVERYTHING, could fall so neatly into place. Walt was a genius all right, but he certainly never demonstrated the ability to accurately anticipate every move everyone else would take, especially Jack and crew.

Furthermore, maybe I missed it, but where did he get that gun and ammo, anyway? A big bomb would seem to be the preferred weapon for a suicide mission.

Now that I think about it, the scene in which his ring slips off his finger in his sleep should have gone at the end. He wakes up, reaches for it, gasps, then stops breathing. Close up on his open, unblinking eyes. Camera backs away slowly out the door. Down the road. Snow starts falling. Fin. But that's why I'm not a script writer.

P.S. Loved the Ambrose Bierce connection.


People take TV too seriously. And have you been watching the show? The finale was no more implausible than the ENTIRE five seasons.

I don't remember any popular show ending where everyone or even most people are happy/satisfied with the finale. Inevitably, people think it sucks. Well, get over it.

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