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Of course.Of course this batch of episodes had to end this way.How else could it?We've known a few things going into this. We knew that there would be eight episodes this summer, and then the last eight almost a year from now. (No exact premiere date yet, but figure on roughly the same time as this year.) We knew that these 16 episodes were being treated as a "season" at least on a contractual level (everybody gets raises if they're separate seasons), and the slow build of these episodes suggested Vince Gilligan and company weren't trying to cram 13 hours of plot into 8 hours of show, then do it again next summer. We knew from the first scene of the season that a lot of time by "Breaking Bad" standards would pass before we got to the end, and also that Walt had very, very far to fall on the way there.In hindsight, "Gliding Over All" is the only way this half-season could have ended, I think. It takes us nearly a quarter of the way to Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday with a free Denny's breakfast and a machine gun, but more importantly it takes us on the first big step to that moment.There wasn't enough time left in these episodes to plausibly build to some apocalyptic showdown like we got at the end of Seasons 3 or 4. There was, on the other hand, enough time to plausibly show Walt achieving his ultimate victory — wealth, power, respect, love and even fear — right before a man in need of bathroom reading is about to snatch it all away from him.Suddenly, Walt's Icarus speech to Jesse seems to be inadvertently pointing right back at Mr. White, no? He flew close to the sun, got to bask in its warmth and light and majesty, and now he's gonna come crashing down to earth.Whatever issues I've had with pacing and plot logic at times this season, "Gliding Over All" was an absolutely gorgeous piece of work, in both the visual sense and the way it brought us to the next, final phase of Walter White's story.Let's talk pretty pictures first. Director Michelle MacLaren has been behind the camera for the series' most exciting action sequence (the shootout at the end of "One Minute"), and arguably its most visually stunning episode ("4 Days Out"), and I think she may have just topped the latter. Every frame of "Gliding Over All" couldn't have been more beautifully assembled, from the many shots of the back of Walt's bald, evil skull to the quick, efficient violence of the skinhead assault on Mike's guys to the relentless, giddy montage of the meth business turning into everything Walt dreamed it could be way back when — efficient, bloodless and wildly lucrative — with one image bleeding seamlessly into the next. Even by the standards of this technically brilliant show, this was something.But I also loved how Moira Walley-Beckett's script turned "Gliding Over All" into a strange kind of series-finale-that-wasn't. Not only does Walt think he gets his happily-ever-after, but it comes in an episode overflowing with callbacks to important moments in his journey. Walt again tries to distract himself from the weight of his life by fixating on an ordinary fly. The painting in the motel is the same one he had in his hospital. The dented paper towel dispenser hasn't been replaced since he beat the hell out of it following an unexpectedly good diagnosis in the aforementioned "4 Days Out." And when Walt and Jesse reunite briefly, the only thing that eases the obvious tension is talk of all their misadventures in the RV that Jesse nicknamed the Crystal Ship.It's an hour so aware of the past, and yet so focused on the ending Walt thinks he's getting, that if we didn't know about the remaining eight episodes, it would be easy to look at the penultimate scene by the White family pool as an ironic conclusion to the series: Walt leaves a trail of bodies behind, but ultimately doesn't suffer for his sins of violence, or of hubris, and gets to enjoy it all. But because I knew there were eight more to go, and had seen Mr. Lambert make his bacon spell out 52, I spent that entire scene on edge. This was too happy, too peaceful. Something horrible had to happen in that moment. Would Walter Jr. leave Holly too close to the pool while getting the sunscreen? Would some previously-undiscovered pair of Salamanca relatives (the Second Cousins, perhaps?) suddenly enter the backyard, guns blazing? Would Jesse pick the wrong moment to swing by and thank Skyler for telling him about the splendor and majesty of the Albertson's deli counter?But no. It was much simpler and more effective than that. Like the ricin capsule that Walt didn't wind up using on Lydia, doom isn't coming for Walt in an obvious, instantaneous way, but in a more painful, time-released fashion. Hank has had the evidence in front of him all this time, but he couldn't see it because Walter White wasn't that guy to him. But now he is. Now Hank knows. He may not know it all yet, but he knows a lot — including Jesse Pinkman's past association with both Walt and Heisenberg. We've known for many seasons how fixated Hank is on catching the man in the black hat, and we were reminded tonight (in a great moment for Dean Norris) just how hard Hank has taken his inability to stop this guy and the violence associated with him. But we also know that Hank cares about his in-laws, and is just coming off a three-month stint of playing daddy to Holly.What's he going to do now?Whatever it is, it will in some way lead Walt to go on the run under another identity, and then lead him back to Albuquerque in search of heavy artillery. He may need to use that against Hank, or Jesse (especially if Jesse ever finds out about Brock and/or Jane), or perhaps Todd and his skinhead pals, or even some player to be named later.But we know where this man has been, and the many deaths he's sung. And we can only guess of how much more death there will be when the summer of 2013 rolls around.Can't wait. Don't want to wait. But this was a damn good note to go out on.Some other thoughts:* I keep pretty exhaustive notes of each episode, and I can't find any record of Gale giving Walt that autographed copy of "Leaves of Grass," though it fits with what we know of their relationship and shared love of the other W.W. Am I mistaken, or did that not happen on camera?* Okay, if I know the internet, not only will there be GIFs galore of Walt and Skyler standing over the pile of money (and there's already one of Hank on the can), there will be people extrapolating by the length, width and depth of the pile how much money is there. I almost feel like AMC should have set this up as a contest, like guessing the number of jelly beans in the jar.* Not a lot of Jesse in this one, but Aaron Paul was fantastic in his two scenes, with so much hurt and betrayal washing over Jesse's face as Walt closed the garage door on him, and then with the barely-suppressed terror he had throughout Walt's visit to his house.* Jesse flinging the unneeded pistol across the floor nicely echoed the earlier reveal that Walt had the ricin capsule with him for the meeting with Lydia, and was prepared to dump it in her coffee if she hadn't given him a reason to keep her alive. It's not paranoia if they're out to get you, right? And Chekhov's ricin lives to be used another day.* Not sure how Kevin Rankin (Devil from "Justified") got typecast as a white power type, but work's work and I'm always happy to see the guy on camera. Also funny to see Rankin and Jesse Plemons together, since I can't instantly recall Herc and Landry sharing scenes on "Friday Night Lights."* I was all ready to compliment Nat King Cole's "Pick Yourself Up" as the show's best montage song in quite some time, and then they had to bust out "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells for the meth montage. I'm trying to decide if the existence of a song with that title only recently came to the attention of the production, or if they've been keeping it in their back pocket for the absolute perfect moment — which this sure seemed to be.* For the most part, condensing three months of criminal activity into a montage worked for me — it's easier to pull that off when things are going well than to race through the tough times — but I do wonder if, when season 5.2 begins, we're going to discover that it wasn't quite as easy for Walt to walk away from the business as he suggests to Skyler. Too many people now depend on that blue meth, and who's going to make it if Walt doesn't? Todd? (Then again, that might be the perfect ending: Walt and Jesse wind up dead or in prison, while it's Todd who gets to be the new Scarface.)* In the flash-forward, Walt is taking pills, suggesting the cancer is back. Do you think that was the diagnosis he got in this MRI session (which might have triggered his decision to retire and enjoy his final months with a happy, cohesive family), or is that still to come?

This guy is horrible and needs to find a real job.
LOL. He has a "real" job. It allows him to travel the country - all expenses paid - to interview actors and directors.Let's see if you can write a better review.

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Another good take:http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/56724/breaking-bad-season-5-episode-7-gliding-over-all

Sepinwall wannabe.

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Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but we have no proof or reason to believe that Walt was actually back east other than what he told the waitress during a conversation in which he had zero reason to be telling the truth, right? I just assumed from that scene that he was just giving lip service to hide his whereabouts to a potential witness. If you're a meth drug lord and can get an M60 delivered to you, getting a car with out of state plates couldn't be that hard. Did anyone else think that New Hampshire was just a story, or are we accepting it as truth?

I've always assumed that was TBD for us viewers. Wouldn't surprise me either way.
Is that "to be determined," or is it something really dirty?

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Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but we have no proof or reason to believe that Walt was actually back east other than what he told the waitress during a conversation in which he had zero reason to be telling the truth, right? I just assumed from that scene that he was just giving lip service to hide his whereabouts to a potential witness. If you're a meth drug lord and can get an M60 delivered to you, getting a car with out of state plates couldn't be that hard. Did anyone else think that New Hampshire was just a story, or are we accepting it as truth?

I've always assumed that was TBD for us viewers. Wouldn't surprise me either way.
Is that "to be determined," or is it something really dirty?
This seems like entrapment.

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Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but we have no proof or reason to believe that Walt was actually back east other than what he told the waitress during a conversation in which he had zero reason to be telling the truth, right? I just assumed from that scene that he was just giving lip service to hide his whereabouts to a potential witness. If you're a meth drug lord and can get an M60 delivered to you, getting a car with out of state plates couldn't be that hard. Did anyone else think that New Hampshire was just a story, or are we accepting it as truth?

I've always assumed that was TBD for us viewers. Wouldn't surprise me either way.
Is that "to be determined," or is it something really dirty?
Whatever you want it to be big boy.

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I've always assumed that the New Hampshire thing was a ruse.

I also don't see any way that Walt makes Hank "break bad" in any real sense. If Hank is going to do anything for Walt, it's going to be because Walt puts him in a bad situation and Hank doesn't feel like he has another option (threatening Marie, Skylar and the kids or something similar). Despite his physical issues, Hank is pretty much the only person in Walt's life that isn't either physically or emotionally dead because of Walt's actions.

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I wish more music videos told stories like these Breaking Bad montages. I think my favorite one is still Jesse and his crew making it rain at da club.

Mine was Jesse being bored out of his MIND while driving to make pickups with Mike. :lmao:
I liked that one a lot too.

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I wish more music videos told stories like these Breaking Bad montages. I think my favorite one is still Jesse and his crew making it rain at da club.

Mine was Jesse being bored out of his MIND while driving to make pickups with Mike. :lmao:
I liked that one a lot too.

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Hank will have to choose on sending Walt to prison forever or he gives Walt a free pass because he will look like a total incompetent and his compassion for Walt having cancer.

That doesn't sound like a difficult choice for Hank. I don't think Hank will have any compassion for Heisenberg after all the damage he's done, including ten recent murders. Cancer won't enter into it. And I get the sense that Hank cares more about doing his job well than he does about appearances. If he's judged incompetent, that will hurt; but the prospect is no good reason for him to turn dirty.
I don't think Hank would be concerned about the appearance of incompetence. I do think Hank would be concerned about the appearance that he knew about it all along and was possibly helping Walt.
exactly...he's going to look like the village idiot at the DEA if this is revealed
I think WR is saying Hank won't care about looking like the village idiot. His bigger concern would be if they suspect him of actually being involved. He'd rather break the case and take down Heisengerg while looking like a buffoon than risk letting Walt walk and protecting his job/status.

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I think we're getting carried away with the speculation that the DEA would think Hank is involved. The DEA isn't even concerned about the Heisenberg case anymore. The only way they would get up to speed is if Hank volunteered the information. And if he's an accomplice, why on earth would he do that?

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I think we're getting carried away with the speculation that the DEA would think Hank is involved. The DEA isn't even concerned about the Heisenberg case anymore. The only way they would get up to speed is if Hank volunteered the information. And if he's an accomplice, why on earth would he do that?

Yeah. And I'm too lazy to compile this, but it seems like a lot of the thinks about Walt and Hank are only known by the viewers or Hank, so they wouldn't be incriminating to the DEA at large. I doubt anyone else knows about Walt and the stakeouts. More importantly, I don't think anyone else at the DEA even bothered to take a look at Gale's notebook so nothing in there is of interest to the rest of the DEA at this point.

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IF Hank bought the gambling story, I guess buying the car wash wouldn't be unthinkable.

But when he remembers that Walt had two cell phones, might that raise his suspicions even more?

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IF Hank bought the gambling story, I guess buying the car wash wouldn't be unthinkable.But when he remembers that Walt had two cell phones, might that raise his suspicions even more?

If he remembers the discussion about Gale's notebook this closely, I assume that he has reason to question everything about Walter including the cell phones and the gambling story.

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IF Hank bought the gambling story, I guess buying the car wash wouldn't be unthinkable.But when he remembers that Walt had two cell phones, might that raise his suspicions even more?

If he remembers the discussion about Gale's notebook this closely, I assume that he has reason to question everything about Walter including the cell phones and the gambling story.
...or the recent expensive purchases, Walt being MIA during Hank's lockdown/Fring's death, his marriage issues coinciding with the reemergence of the blue meth, Walt stumbling into the undercover operation, the ridiculous car accident just as they were about to show up at what was later confirmed as the superlab...the list goes on and on. At this point it is more than safe to assume that Hank KNOWS Walt is Heisenberg. Not enough to arrest or convict, but Hank knows.

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I wish more music videos told stories like these Breaking Bad montages. I think my favorite one is still Jesse and his crew making it rain at da club.

Mine was Jesse being bored out of his MIND while driving to make pickups with Mike. :lmao:
I liked that one a lot too.

:thumbup:
There's also Jesse bored at the lab:

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I wish more music videos told stories like these Breaking Bad montages. I think my favorite one is still Jesse and his crew making it rain at da club.

Mine was Jesse being bored out of his MIND while driving to make pickups with Mike. :lmao:
I liked that one a lot too.

:thumbup:
There's also Jesse bored at the lab:
:lol:

I see a spinoff: Bored Jesse

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Knowing there was only a few minutes left in the episode, I was totally on edge during that final pool scene. I kept waiting for something to happen. Haven't felt like that since the finale of The Sopranos.

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I think we're getting carried away with the speculation that the DEA would think Hank is involved. The DEA isn't even concerned about the Heisenberg case anymore. The only way they would get up to speed is if Hank volunteered the information. And if he's an accomplice, why on earth would he do that?

Yeah. And I'm too lazy to compile this, but it seems like a lot of the thinks about Walt and Hank are only known by the viewers or Hank, so they wouldn't be incriminating to the DEA at large. I doubt anyone else knows about Walt and the stakeouts. More importantly, I don't think anyone else at the DEA even bothered to take a look at Gale's notebook so nothing in there is of interest to the rest of the DEA at this point.
I don't think the DEA will already know about all of that stuff. But Walt can threaten Hank that he will tell them, and then Hank would be put on the spot.

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Knowing there was only a few minutes left in the episode, I was totally on edge during that final pool scene. I kept waiting for something to happen. Haven't felt like that since the finale of The Sopranos.

lolI thought everything from baby drowning in pool to a sniper taking out Flynn.When did Gale give Walt that book?What did we see Walt do with it? I find it odd that Walt would have kept it.

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What an awesome episode. So with 8 episodes left, I was thinking to myself last night on where BB stood with respect to GOAT. Now I've never watched the Wire, which I understand is very comparable...but I'd have to think BB is the best show ever (provided they don't screw up the last 8). I mean, has the show ever really slowed down? Just increadible.

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I was very un-easy as I sat down to watch episode 8. In my mind there were still so many loose ends and problems, and most of them had to do with pacing.

I've been waiting for the "science teacher to scarface" transition for some time now, and it seemed like with only 9 episodes left, it was just not going to happen in the timeframe I wanted it to.

But this past episode was PERFECT in terms of pacing, moving the story, etc.

First the assassinations of the 9 people....They didn't waste a single second on that storyline. It could have filled an entire show, but instead it came quick. When Walter basically told the guys that they would do the assassinations HIS WAY, they immediately cut to him in a room looking at his watch, and the killings happened in 2 minutes. Just like that it was over.

Then Walter White finally made his money.

So when we saw him at the pool at the end, with the family happy again, with tens of millions of dollars, we know that he finally made it. Like Tony Montana, he has the multi-million dollar empire, he took out ALL his enemies and he feels unstoppable.

But the crack in the empire is a big one, and the final revealing was Hank's face finally getting it. And when you think about it, isn't it a perfect way for the season to end? We know it's coming. Now finally we get to see the Hank/Walt scenario play out.

I for one don't feel Hank will have ANY compassion for Walt if he knew everything Walt did, from the killings, to the fake-crying/bug installing, (although that one scene of Walt in Hank's office that looked like a video recording could come back to play) to the manipulation.

But how much does Hank know? It's enough to make me want to re-watch all 5 seasons and write down every little thing Hank could have been suspicious of. Right off hand, there are a bunch. The wreck in front of Fring's laundry. Walt being inquisitive. Walt making money. But Hank has always, right since episode one, considered Walt a bit of a loser. Whether he can believe that Walt is 100% Heisenberg is the question. And we know he has sympathy for the kids, who have just spent 3 months with him, and of course for Skyler.

But I don't think Hank knew about the bills being paid for by Walt, and I don't think he will immediately put together the fact that he could look very complicit in the whole matter. That's a huge loaded gun that Walt has, and I fully expect him to use it after Walter begs him to look the other way and Hank refuses.

I can almost see the scene now. Hank puts it all together, confronts Walt, Walt shivers, cowers and cries begging Hank for mercy. Hank refuses and tells Walt he's coming after him. And then Walt realizes that he's got Hank, and fires back with the blackmail scenario that Hank honestly will have no answer for.

I have no idea how it will play out except for one thing: It won't be handled in the court of law. I just don't think it can be. We've seen foreshadowing to that effect for awhile. Hank has continually been fixated with this case. But Hank is too close to the matter, and will look guilty as sin so this can't play out through arrests and through the legal system.

In the end, it's an "outside the law" battle between Hank and Walt that could be more vicious than any of us are ready for. Hank for being lied to and manipulated and used, Walt for having the last obstacle to his perfect career finally rear it's head.

And still I think Jesse is the wildcard.

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Was it just me, or did they seem to focus on the fact that the outlet cover that the ricin was taped to was pretty loose?

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Was it just me, or did they seem to focus on the fact that the outlet cover that the ricin was taped to was pretty loose?

I think they might be screwing with us. If I had to wager, I'd say that never comes into play.

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Was it just me, or did they seem to focus on the fact that the outlet cover that the ricin was taped to was pretty loose?

I think they might be screwing with us. If I had to wager, I'd say that never comes into play.
I'll take that bet. Way too much attention paid to the ricin for it to just go away.

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Was it just me, or did they seem to focus on the fact that the outlet cover that the ricin was taped to was pretty loose?

I think they might be screwing with us. If I had to wager, I'd say that never comes into play.
starting to think that as well.I have a hard time thinking someone could accidently stumble upon that.He his it perfectly, and is behind a night stand.Almost starting to think Jesse never finds out about Walt poising Brock.

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will the dead boy by the train come back in the mix?

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Knowing there was only a few minutes left in the episode, I was totally on edge during that final pool scene. I kept waiting for something to happen. Haven't felt like that since the finale of The Sopranos.

lolI thought everything from baby drowning in pool to a sniper taking out Flynn.When did Gale give Walt that book?What did we see Walt do with it? I find it odd that Walt would have kept it.
I think Gale have him that book one day in the lab. Obviously, in season 3. One of the later episodes.

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Maybe Walt wanted Hank to find the book. Is he that familiar with his post-meal purging habits?

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Was it just me, or did they seem to focus on the fact that the outlet cover that the ricin was taped to was pretty loose?

I think they might be screwing with us. If I had to wager, I'd say that never comes into play.
I'll take that bet. Way too much attention paid to the ricin for it to just go away.
Could be wrong, but I think he meant the loose outlet cover will never come into play, not the ricin itself.

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When did Gale give Walt that book?What did we see Walt do with it? I find it odd that Walt would have kept it.

We don't actually see Gale give Walt the book. In season 3, episode 6, "Sunset", we meet Gale, and he shows Walt his coffee making setup. Then they cook together, and Gale feels like he's seeing true master at work. At the end of the cook, Gale recites "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" and talks about his love for Walt Whitman. The next scene is the next morning, with Hank staking out Jesse Pinkman's house. Frustrated with how slow it's going finding the RV, Hank calls Walt for help since he "knows" Walt "bought weed" from Pinkman before his fugue state, and asks if Walt ever saw an RV when meeting Jesse. When he calls Walt, he's in his condo reading "Leaves of Grass". Presumably Gale gave it to Walt the night before.

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.

Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

:goodposting: Unless with Mike and his gang out of the way, she is not so worried?

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

Mike and the 9 guys dead eased her worries

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

She didn't want Walt to kill her. And by involving herself in his operation, she puts her ### back on the line, making her less likely to rat.

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

I think she's afraid if she didn't offer Walt something useful he would just kill her. Before they showed the Ricin I was kind of expecting Todd to take her out immediately after she left the restaurant.

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.

Was she really eager to get back in or did she see it as the only way to avoid getting killed by Walt? If she had just given him the names and said she was out, he would have killed her.

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will the dead boy by the train come back in the mix?

I was reading the BB wikia page on that kid yesterday and Todd took the tarantula for whatever that's worth.

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

She's trying to stay alive. If she wants out, she's of no use to Walt, and he would have slipped her the ricin.

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Maybe Walt wanted Hank to find the book. Is he that familiar with his post-meal purging habits?

Hank seems like the kind of guy who is just ####ting constantly.

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Did Lydia say the same thing to Walt when he sat down as what Mike said to her when they met at the diner? Something like "you should order something so it doesn't look suspicious"

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Anyone else find it a little odd that Lydia would be so eager to get back into the meth business? She was completely mortified of everything the first time around.Wouldn't surprise me if she already flipped.

She's trying to stay alive. If she wants out, she's of no use to Walt, and he would have slipped her the ricin.
yeah, I wasn't even sure if she could back up her plan thinking it was just a way to prevent being killed. Apparently she could.

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if you've been paying attention the last 5 years, you'd know that in Breaking Bad, women LOVE money and stuff. I mean LOVE it

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Not sure how I'm feeling on the finale.

I remember when seeing clips from episode 2 of this season and Hank's boss was explaining about how Fring was a meth mogul right under his nose the entire nose and someone in here thought Hank was figuring out Walt during that scene.

Just didn't happen.

I think the book very likely came from Gretchen and I could see her maiden name being "Black" as Walter's last name is "White" and hence you have "Gray Matter".

Obviously, it still may have been a trigger for Hank, but I don't think Episode 1 next summer starts with Hank immediately having it all figured out 100%. We're going to waste 4-5 episodes with Hank still trying to piece it together which would suck in my opinion. I'd prefer the entire season be a showdown.

I don't know. Would have preferred something a bit more concrete in the way of Hank finding out Walt = Heisenberg. I hope they don't #####foot around Hank being 100% certain for half of next season.

Edited by John Bender

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I think the book very likely came from Gretchen and I could see her maiden name being "Black" as Walter's last name is "White" and hence you have "Gray Matter".

I think the handwriting matched what we had seen of Gail's writing.

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I think the book very likely came from Gretchen and I could see her maiden name being "Black" as Walter's last name is "White" and hence you have "Gray Matter".

I think the handwriting matched what we had seen of Gail's writing.
You're right. I just took a second look at Gale's notebook vs. the inscription.Looks like the "Y"'s are made in the same odd way on both.I guess it could give Walt some temporary plausible deniability while he goes and uses a magnet to steal Gale's notebook from headquarter (ETA: or go on the LAM and purchase an M60 before Hank cross references with Gale's notebook). Edited by John Bender

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I think the book very likely came from Gretchen and I could see her maiden name being "Black" as Walter's last name is "White" and hence you have "Gray Matter".

I think the handwriting matched what we had seen of Gail's writing.
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I think she's afraid if she didn't offer Walt something useful he would just kill her. Before they showed the Ricin I was kind of expecting Todd to take her out immediately after she left the restaurant.

Was she really eager to get back in or did she see it as the only way to avoid getting killed by Walt? If she had just given him the names and said she was out, he would have killed her.

:goodposting:I thought that scene in the cafe demonstrated Walt's hubris in a big way too. Lydia is not a hardened criminal and I have a tough time believing Walt wouldn't see her as a liability rather than a reliable business partner.

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Maybe Walt wanted Hank to find the book. Is he that familiar with his post-meal purging habits?

Hank seems like the kind of guy who is just ####ting constantly.
:lmao:

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Knowing there was only a few minutes left in the episode, I was totally on edge during that final pool scene. I kept waiting for something to happen. Haven't felt like that since the finale of The Sopranos.

lolI thought everything from baby drowning in pool to a sniper taking out Flynn.When did Gale give Walt that book?What did we see Walt do with it? I find it odd that Walt would have kept it.
I was waiting for Jesse to show up.

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