'Breaking Bad' Recap: 'My Name Is Walter Hartwell White... This Is My Confession'
Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Confessions.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Confessions" episode of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.
For all those "Breaking Bad" viewers who like to keep meticulous stats on the many plot twists in the series, answer us this: Exactly how many times have Vince Gilligan and his writers seemingly painted themselves into a corner — a corner from which you could not possibly imagine how they would emerge — only to gobsmack us with another twist we couldn't have seen coming if it had been one of Tio Salamanca's gun-toting nephews standing right in front of us?
Add another pair to the tally, because they did it again in "Confessions," a deliciously game-changing episode that means there are now just five "Breaking Bad" episodes remaining.
"Never. Gonna. Happen."
Oh, Hank. Why didn't you listen to Marie? Man, we know, a person that obsessed with the color purple might not seem like the voice of reason, but she was spot-on in insisting that you needed to tell your DEA cohorts, immediately, what you'd discovered about Walt.
Now it may be too late. Because Walt is prepared to tell the DEA about you.
After Marie tries to get Walt Jr. to come to her house under the guise of needing his computer assistance, Walt and Skyler invite Hank and Marie to a restaurant to ask them to leave the children out of the family feud and stop trying to "lure" Junior to their house.
"There is no drug empire!" Walt insists. "What do I have to do to make you believe me?"
Marie has a thought: "Why don't you kill yourself, Walt? Kill yourself. This whole thing dies with you, right? That's what you're saying here, is that Hank should just let it go and wait for you to die? Well, maybe you should just go ahead and die, then."
Skyler, who, lest we forget, not so long ago told Walt she was waiting for that very thing herself, tells her sister, "That is not a solution."
Hank agrees, telling Skyler, "No, that is not a solution. He's not getting off that easy. And the same goes for you, if you stick with him. Both of you think you're just gonna walk away from this thing? Never. Gonna. Happen. You're not gonna negotiate your way out of this thing. There's only one solution. Step up, be a man, and admit what you've done. That's it. There is no other option."
Well, except for that CD Walt slides across the table to Hank before he and his missus exit the restaurant.
"That's the Last Nail in the Coffin"
Aware that Hank's discovery of his Heisenberg activities comes without concrete proof on Hank's part, Walt sees his last big play as this: Yes, he was involved in the drug trade, using his chemistry expertise to cook meth, and yes, he made the bomb that killed Tio. But he was forced into this life… by Hank! Like Nino Brown on the witness stand at the end of "New Jack City," Walt confesses, sorta, but shifts the blame to Hank, saying it was his DEA agent brother-in-law who was in charge of the meth trade!
He records his tale, a brilliantly convincing laundry list of half-truths and coincidences that, neatly, perfectly, can be flipped to make Hank appear to be the one who has broken bad, or at least, the baddest.