Everybody wins. No one loses. Sounds like a pretty damn happy ending by "Breaking Bad" standards, doesn't it? Which is exactly why it's not going to happen, despite the wicked Walter White's words to the contrary.
On the latest episode of the AMC drug drama, "Buyout," Walt and his ragtag team of crystal meth crooks dealt with the fallout of Todd taking it upon himself to shoot a child who witnessed their train heist. While Todd was allowed to live and the boy's body was successfully disposed of, presumably covering up their involvement in the murder without any margin of error in the process (cough), the whole ordeal left a bad taste in Jesse and Mike's mouths. The two of them attempted to sell their share of methylamine off to an old connection of Mike's, but Walt, as he's wont to do, wouldn't have any of that. Indeed, the increasingly volatile chemist stole the whole supply and somehow managed to convince Jesse and Mike (maybe not so much Mike) that he has a plan in which everyone wins. (Somewhere in Aurora, Illinois, Wayne Campbell just shouted "Shyeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt!" at his television screen.)
While Walt was busy dealing in death, the toll of being
married to held hostage by Heisenberg continued to wear on Skyler, as she very nearly told Marie all about her illicit business. How much longer can she hold out before shouting about Walt's dealings from a mountain top? We're diving into all that and more in this week's round of Breaking Bad burning questions.
When Will Skyler Spill The Beans?
She's come dangerously close to tipping the big secret a few times now, but her most recent pseudo-confession to Marie that she and Walt are bad parents and people who have done unforgivable things was one more sentence away from giving away the whole thing. Only ten episodes remain before the lights go out on "Breaking Bad" for good. How much longer can she keep the secret?
Will Jesse Be Invited Back For Dinner?
Because I thought he was a lovely guest. And those green beans did sound delicious.
What Is Walt's Plan?
It's nothing good, I'm sure of that. Despite his claim that everybody wins, there's no way his latest scheme grants a happily ever after to all parties involved. Mike, specifically, I'm worried about. He's passed on one too many opportunities to put a bullet in Walt's brain. The two of them have butted heads a few too many times this season. Mike has gotten a lot of screen time this year. And don't forget that speech Walt made a little while ago about Victor flying too close to the sun; he was talking about Mike, no doubt about it. Add to that Mike's recent attempt to take Walter's empire away from him and it's looking like there's only one real outcome: Mr. Ehrmantraut is going to buy the farm, sooner rather than later.
Where Does Todd Fit In?
He's shown that his dedication to the cause goes as far as killing innocent children. So what won't Todd do to make himself a seriously considered business partner? That's probably a question Walt is asking himself. He likely sees the value in a man willing to kill whoever he has to in order to keep the wheels in motion and remain undetected. So if Walt finds value in Todd, how and when will he use him? Might the former Dillon Panthers kicker add a second body to the pile this season in the form of Mike?
How About That Spider?
If you thought that Mr. White and friends pulled off a murder consequence-free, think again. Don't forget that Todd held onto the boy's spider in a jar. Vince Gilligan made it a point to show viewers that Todd still has it handy and Vince Gilligan is nothing if not a deliberate man. That itsy, bitsy spider is going to climb up the water spout, and when the rain comes down, it'll wash poor Walter out. Just you wait.
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