Once you break bad it is damn near impossible to break away from the life you chose. The words “I’m out” do not grant immunity from previous choices. Complications arise, loose ends remain untied. Meth kingpin Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, seems oblivious to this in the final “Breaking Bad” episode of 2012, “Gliding Over All.” He has piles of cash that would make Scrooge McDuck envious, a healthy family, and an international drug distribution ring (i.e., everything he’s ever wanted).
Such is White’s ego that he believes when he says “I’m out” he is really out. Show creator Vince Gilligan showed through the plights of White’s co-conspirators Jesse and Mike that is not how the game works. It won’t work that way for Walt, either. He just doesn’t know it yet.
“Gliding Over All”‘s final scene destroys Walt’s myth that he will make a clean break. How will Hank use his newfound knowledge his brother-in-law is Heisenberg? We’ll have to wait until 2013 to find out. Thank the TV gods the NFL and “Boardwalk Empire” are coming to fill the Sunday night void.
Here are more thoughts from “Gliding Over All”. Shout-out to Robert “Silver Fox” Zullo!