'Breaking Bad' Recap: Times Are Getting Hard, Boys
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Ozymandias.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Ozymandias" episode of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.
It's OK if your brain just imploded, if you cannot yet speak about that episode of TV which you have just watched, if you feel the need to crawl into a corner and rock silently for a while. That's where we all are right now.
But just so you have the corroboration of another witness that you did in fact see what you just saw — everything that you saw, the whole episode's worth of reveals, shocks, and heartbreakers, an episode so packed with big moments that it would have taken any other series at least half a season (or half a series) to unspool them — we'll run down the events of "Ozymandias."
1. The episode opened in To'hajiilee, but not with the climax of last week's cliffhanger shootout. Instead, a flashback showed Jesse and Walt (in tighty-whities, for those who didn't think we'd seen the last of that look) sniping at each other about their meth-cooking session in the old RV. Walt wandered off to make a phone call to a pregnant Skyler (lying about why he would be home late), and that's when they first discussed naming their baby girl Holly. Simpler times.
2. Then, present-day To'hajiilee. The gunfire ends. Uncle Jack and his men are all standing. Pan to a bleeding leg… it's Hank. Pan to a dead body sprawled on the ground… it's Gomez. Jesse is MIA, and Uncle Jack and his minions move towards Hank. Walt has made himself heard, finally, that he doesn't want Hank to be killed, because he's his brother-in-law. "No, he's family! He's my family," Walt says. But it's too late. Jack knows Hank is a DEA agent. Walt offers him $80 million to spare Hank, but even Hank knows it's too late.
"You're the smartest guy I ever met, and you're too stupid to see: He made up his mind ten minutes ago," a resigned Hank says to Walt, right before Uncle Jack puts a bullet into his head.
Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Ozymandias.'
Uncle Jack, Todd, and company don't need Walt to give them his money, anyway. Uncle Jack deduced that Walt's very specific coordinates led to more than just his location; he guessed the money is buried there. He and his men dig it up, take all but one barrel, and are about to leave Walt with that barrel of cash ($11 million)… until Walt reminds Jack he agreed to kill Jesse.