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TV Show: Breaking Bad Season 5 Ep. 8 "Gliding Over All" Discussion

Updated on January 15, 2014

Spoiler Alert! This hub will contain spoilers on the Part 1 finale as well as previous episodes. Do not continue if you aren't completely caught up with Breaking Bad.

When they first announced that Breaking Bad Season 5 was going to be split into two parts, with the first airing during the summer of 2012 and the second part airing in the summer of 2013, I couldn't really understand the reasoning behind this. It seems like they were just trying to prolong the end of series, which was kind of annoying to me. I kept thinking to myself that they should have just let the series run for its full 16 episodes at once, not split between two summers. Now after watching the part 1 finale I understand why they did this.

It appears as if the tone of Part 2 will be completely different than the tone of Part 1. The first 8 episodes of Breaking Bad Season 5 followed Walt, Jesse, and Mike as they tried to restart their Meth business following the death of Gus Fring. With the death of Mike (something I was not to pleased about), Walt was forced to contact Lydia in order to tie up loose ends, getting from her the names of Mike's prison associates and ordering a hit on all of them. This was something quite necessary since he would not longer be able to pay for their silence.

The moment Skyler shows Walt the pile of money sitting inside of the storage unit it seems like a switch is flipped inside of Walt's head. Maybe actually seeing the pile of money makes him realize just how much hes actually made ( not just numbers on a piece of paper), just how successful his Meth business has become, and just how easy it would be to hang it all up and return to living a somewhat normal life. I feel that the death of Mike also plays a hand in this change that comes over Walt. The way the episode begins, with Walt sitting in the office alone, makes me believe that Mike's death is weighing heavily on him, thought this is never really explored in the episode so its just speculation.

Screen shot of Walt and Skyler in Breaking Bad
Screen shot of Walt and Skyler in Breaking Bad | Source

When Walt shows up expectantly at Jesse's house I had my fingers crossed that Walt was not there to kill him. The tension during this scene ran at an all time high, and you could tell that Jesse was really unsure of Walt's motives. Their moment of reminiscing brought me back to the first season of Breaking Bad when these two amateurs were cooking Meth out of an RV. It was such a relief when I realized that Walt wasn't there to kill Jesse but was there to drop off Jessie's portion of the money. I don't know about you, but if Jesse was killed I don't think I would have been able to watch the show anymore.

It's the ending that's going to have everyone talking. Walt reveals to Skyler that he is out of the Meth business, the kids return home, and Hank and Marie come by the house for a little family get together. Hank heads to the bathroom, picks up Walt's Walt Whitman book, and on the first page sees the same inscription on the inside of this book as the one he found in Gale's journal. Both inscriptions are directed to a W.W.. It appears as if Hank will finally connect the dots and realize that W.W. stands for Walter White.

I'm not to sure where Part 2 will take us. Will Hank kill Walt? Will Walt kill Hank? Will Walt finally be caught? How is Hank going to react to piecing it all together? Is Walt now going to be on the run from the DEA, forced to leave his family behind? If so, what happens to all the money? What's going to happen to Jesse? To Saul? To Lydia? To Skyler and the kids? Is Walt's cancer back? There are so many questions that we are left asking, and with a little less than a year to wait for the second half of this season, the suspense is going to be torturous.

I feel that the second half of the season will feature Hank grappling with the fact that his brother-in-law might be the notorious Heisenberg that he's been looking for. The DEA is going to breathing down Walt's neck, while Walt and Jesse try to clean up all ties to the Meth business. We are going to see the return of Walt's cancer, and the death of Lydia. I couldn't imagine anything happening to Jessie but I don't think Hank dying is out of the picture. I guess we'll have to see what happens next summer.

What did you think of the part 1 finale of Breaking Bad Season 5? What do you think is going to happen to Walt next? How do you think it's going to end? Discuss the finale and what you think could happen next below!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent review. I recently wrote one on the finale. I believe that "Breaking Bad" is one of the finest dramas in television history.