BREAKING BAD “End Times” Review

Breaking Bad “End Times”, Season 4 Episode 12 – After the chilling and brilliant end to last week’s episode, Breaking Bad returned this week with an equally brilliant installment in “End Times”.

We start off with Skyler and Walt packing up to be put into protective custody by the DEA. With Walt not having enough money to pay for Saul’s disappearing expert, this appears to be the next best thing. However, Skyler is in for a big surprise when Walt informs her that he is not coming with them. So we see all of the family, Walt excluded, gather together in Hank and Marie’s living room to discuss their plans. We thankfully get one of our biggest episodes thus far for Steve Gomez, as he starts to get even closer to discovering Gus’ super lab. Seeing Gomie pull a Hank and do a “Knock and talk” with the manager of the laundromat was a great scene for the character, as it’s hard not to root for a guy who has played second fiddle on this series for so long.

Luckily for Jesse and the rest of the Pollos squad, they were unable to find the lab on this visit, but they are getting much closer. As soon as Jesse gets out, he had six messages telling him to return to Saul. Saul ended up giving him his share of the money and said that he’s leaving. Like a fart in the wind, Goodman is outta here! I really hope he stays on the show, as his comic relief is very important to a show as dark and disturbing as this.

Speaking of dark and disturbing, what a powerful scene when Jesse discovered that Brock was poisoned by the Ricin in his cigarette box. Even more powerful, though, was Jesse’s reaction when he threatened Walt at gunpoint. Although we know Jesse was wrong about Walt’s direct involvement in the poisoning, watching him take out his anger on Walt was an incredible sequence. Only a few episodes ago we saw a climactic fistfight between these two characters, and now we get this. Walt breaking into laughter when he realized that Gus had essentially sent Jesse to kill him was incredible. Jesse leaving a mark on Walt’s forehead with his gun barrel was captivating. There were far too many great moments to mention in this scene alone, and we still have the last twenty minutes to discuss!

When Walt and Jesse find out that Gus was responsible for Brock’s poisoning, they team up to plan an attempt on his life by bombing his car. It’s unclear how exactly Gus finds out about it and decides to walk away from his car, but hopefully that’s something we’ll find out on next week’s finale!

Wow, I can’t believe I’m using the F word already! That’s right, everybody, next week is the finale of Breaking Bad for this incredible fourth season! With a show this consistently great, I don’t even have to hope that the finale will be amazing.

The only question is: What’s going to happen? Well, everybody try to predict what will happen! Sound off in the comments what’s going to go down on next week’s finale!

Random Thoughts:

– How many times do you think they tried shot where Walt spins his gun on that table twice, only for it to point back at him both times?

– What was up with the decor in the ER waiting room? Are all Albuquerque hospitals made up to look like a 50’s diner? You got your neon, your checkered tile floors, all that jazz. Pretty swanky.

– I think the music on this show is the most stressful soundtrack of any TV show ever. The menacing music playing when Gus was walking to his car was making my heart race!