Breaking Bad: “Confessions” Season 5 Episode 11 Review

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I realized something during this week’s edition of Breaking Bad: this thing is not going to end well.

Jesse and Walt aren’t going to be ok. Skyler and Walt aren’t going to be ok. Walt Jr. and Walt aren’t going to be ok. Skyler and Marie aren’t going to be ok. Hank and everyone aren’t going to be ok. But Breaking Bad‘s slow reveal as a tragedy is picking up in a big way. We’re down to the main characters and all that’s left is for them to duke it out over what is now just five episodes left.

We started tonight with Hank and Jesse, a pairing that has such a dark history. There’s no way this was their final conversation but it certainly could have been. Hank begged and begged for information while Jesse sat quietly before good ‘ol Saul could bust in the door and bail him out.

We then moved to Walt’s first real conversation with Walt Jr. since the show returned. Of course Marie was trying to get her nephew over to her house but Walt intervened knowing his son would stay after telling him that the cancer is back. It was a clever reminder of the lies Walt will tell to get his way.

Then we got the confrontation all these seasons have been building to. Walt, Skyler, Hank, and Marie all sat down in a diner and tried to work things out. Hank, for one, looked SCARY. But Walt has an ace up his sleeve, a taped video of Walt claiming Hank is the real Heisenberg. The irony.

The episode shifted focus after that to Jesse. His conversation in the desert with Walt was one of their best. I have no problem admitting the tears that ran down my face as Jesse asked Walt to just level with him for once, even going as far to suggest Walt might kill him right there. It was heart-wrenching.

So Jesse tries to leave town. But then the ricin is missing. Oh Walt, you couldn’t leave well-enough alone? Jesse races to the house to apparently burn it down and the episode cuts to black.

Breaking Bad is becoming a difficult show to critique. Everything is just so rich with history that every little moment is so loaded with emotion. It helps that the entire cast is killing it so far. But it’s hard to not be a fan of this series and look at it from a removed perspective. That’s how good at it is. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

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