'Breaking Bad' Recap: It's All Over But the Vengeance
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Granite State.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Granite State" episode of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Walter White's descent into hopelessness has come fast and furious, and even though we all knew it was coming, and that it was deserved, that sure doesn't make it any easier to watch. In the end, or the near-end in this penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad," even with so much blood on Walt's hands, who among us is not crushed by every heartbreaking turn in his end times?
Whether it's his beloved son Walt Jr. yelling at him to die already, or the indignity of his DIY chemo treatment hanging from deer antlers and having to pay a stranger $10,000 to spend an hour with him, we can all agree: This is a fate worse than death, which is still coming to a physically deteriorating Walt, sooner rather than later.
After last week's devastating "Ozymandias," currently reigning as the best episode of TV drama ever, "Granite State" managed to take "Bad" fans to a whole other level of despair, as Walt accepted his fate, emotionally and physically, until he found one little thing worth hanging on for just a bit longer: revenge.
The way it unfolded:
It's not all good, man, for Saul. With tales of Walt's misdeeds becoming public knowledge, Saul had to lam it, too, and for a brief period, he and Walt share the basement hideout of Saul's vacuum-cleaner fixer until the guy can arrange new identities for each of them. Walt, still full of himself at this point, wants Saul's help in compiling a list of potential hitmen to take out Uncle Jack and the crew, but Saul tells Walt he's done with him.
Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 episode, 'Granite State.'
Saul advises Walt that the feds are going to go after Skyler mercilessly, and that her only hope of avoiding jail and maybe being able to keep her house is if Walt turns himself in. Walt refuses, telling Saul he's not giving up until he gets all his money back, kills Jack Welker, and gives his money to his children. "What I do, I do for my family," Walt still insists.