Breaking Bad Episode (5×16) “Felina” – MVA Revealed


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Breaking Bad’s Walter White is Finally Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

It’s been five long years, but this week AMC’s Breaking Bad said farewell. The series had one of the best cast in television, and each one has given a fantastic performance over the past five seasons. While there are many actors on the show who have worked their butts off to give viewers a great episode each season, the series finale belonged to Bryan Cranston. His performance of a man with nothing left to lose who finally pays the piper has earned him the Most Valuable Actor Award for “Felinas.”

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Let’s Make a Deal… When the episode began, Walter had just arrived at the Schwartz home. It at first appeared he was going to murder them, but instead gave them the $11 million he had left so they could put it in trust for his children. Of course these are the same people who stole a company out from under him, so Walter made some moves to insure they didn’t renege on the deal. Watching how menacing Bryan Cranston portrayed the scene when Walter first arrived and was looking through Elliot and Gretchen’s photos while they were talking a few feet away was creepy at its best. His whole demeanor radiated violence, so I was surprised when it turned out that wasn’t why he had come.

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Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word… After Walter left the Schwartzes, he decided to go see Skylar one last time. The scene was brilliantly edited. While Sky talked on the phone with Marie, you didn’t know Walter was standing in the kitchen until after she hung up the phone and the camera panned over. Gone was the vengeful Walter we had seen earlier with Gretchen and Elliot. In his place was a broken man who had lost his family through a fault of his own, and wanted to make things right as best as he could before disappearing into the ether. Walter told Skylar what really happened to Hank, and where they could find his remains. He also finally admitted that he hadn’t built a drug empire and done all of the things he’s done for his family as he claimed, but instead had done it for himself. Cranston looked like a man who didn’t truly regret what he had done, but regretted how it hurt the ones he loved who paid the biggest price. Before Walter left, he gave Sky the coordinates of Hank’s body so she could barter a deal with the DEA, and be free to start her new life without him.

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive.”

Light ‘Em Up! Walter had used Skinny Pete and Badger to act as assassins when he threatened Gretchen and Elliot, and they told him that Jesse was still alive. With the meth market full of Walt’s blue meth, Walter put 2+2 together and realized Jesse must be cooking again. Of course this led him to Jack and his crew. Feeling not only cheated but betrayed, Walter rigged a machine gun to shoot up Jack’s place so he could kill them for stealing his $70 million and Jesse for being a DEA rat. It was apparent that Walter was up to something when he arrived at the compound. Walter was just too calm. The only thing I hoped was that Walter would learn the truth about Jesse’s situation and have a change of heart. The moment Walter saw Jesse come into the office bound in chains, you could see his heart melt. Here was someone he cared about once again in a horrible situation because of his actions. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul played the scene perfectly. They didn’t need to say any words, but Walter gave Jesse the choice to end his life in retribution for all the shady things Walter had done to him over the years. Besides, he was already dying from cancer and a gun shot wound to the abdomen. Jesse wouldn’t do it, and once he made that decision everything was settled between the two men. Jesse drove off into the sunset, and Walter died in the lab he and Jesse help design. The good-bye scene below is some of the best acting in the entire series and shows why Cranston deserved to be recognized for the final episode. (Aaron Paul gets an honorable mention.)