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- Hank comforting Skyler, after her heated vent about Marie's troublemaking and other issues.
- Despite having a blowup minutes earlier, Walt offers Jesse breakfast in his own house in "Down". (And, one hopes, a shower.)
- Jesse's last line in "Peekaboo": "You have a good rest of your life, kid."
- In all honesty, "Peekaboo" could serve as one for Jesse in its entirety. This episode basically showed the audience that even though Jesse is a wannabe gang-banger and drug dealer, he's got a heart far too big to be in such a nasty business. Especially when it comes to kids.
- Apology Girl.
- Most of Jane and Jesse's moments in "Over", really. From the surprise breakfast he makes her (she has to discretely pick out a shell) to Jane going over the superhero sketches he drew as a kid ("Kanga-Man" and "Backwardo"), he's full on adorkable in this episode and she clearly adores him for it.
- The initiating moment of their courtship in "Negro y Azul" is also touching. They sit watching a TV that hasn't even been properly hooked up yet, so they just sit in silence. Then, slowly, they hold hands.
- Walt protecting Jesse from Tuco in "Grilled".
- Upon hearing that Hank has had a nervous breakdown as a result of the Tortuga bomb, Walt rushes over and manages to coax him into returning to work.
- Despite having just been scared shitless by Jesse and Walt trying to scare him to represent Badger (while not making a deal with the DEA), the second Saul recognizes Walt by his cough, he advises him to take off his hockey mask so he can breath better.
- At the end of "4 Days Out", Jesse reassures Walt that if anything happens, Jesse will give Walt's family their due money. Jesse's expression indicates that he figured out why Walt wanted to speed up the cooking production.
- Also Walt and Jesse high-fiving once they realise they've just cooked enough meth in 2 days to make them $672,000 each.
- The reactions of Walt's family when they learn the enlightening news of Walt's health.
- The way Walter treats Jesse in the final episodes of the season. Even though Walter can be a total Jerkass to Jess at times and rarely shows signs of truly caring for him as a person, those episodes show that he actually does care a lot for his partner.
- Similarly, Jesse's genuine happiness when during "Over" when Walt tells him that he's gone into remission. The two might have a fairly rocky relationship, but there is a mutual respect and care between them.
- Gus donating some money to Walt's lung cancer fundraiser. It's sort of a warped example, considering that he may have done it for the sake of good publicity, or to help keep him in the drug trade, but it can also show how much he respects Walt outside of work.
- Hell, the reveal of the fundraiser site itself. Walter Jr. has made a page full of pictures, gushing about a father he obviously adores. It visibly warms Walt's heart too (that is, until he sees the donate button), and even after that, he tells his son, with a smile and a hug, that he is really appreciative of the efforts.
- Walter and Holly. Any scene.
- Hank crying on Marie's shoulder in the elevator after having a very long and bad day in "One Minute".
- In the previous two episodes, Hank goes to track Heisenberg and finds Walt and Jesse's RV with them inside, but gets a phone call telling him Marie is in the hospital. After realizing it was a trick, he goes to Jesse's house and beats him unconscious. After being suspended from the DEA and told he he's facing serious charges, he finally sees Marie. And of course, it gets even worse because he gets shot by Leonel and Marco shortly thereafter.
- While the opening scene depicting Hector Salamanca's near-drowning of Marco is anything but heartwarming, it's hard not to feel a little fuzzy inside when Leonel leaps to his brother's aid. Despite having fought to the point of tears only seconds beforehand, the brothers' love for each other is real enough for Leonel to punch his uncle Hector, a feared crime boss, in the face just to protect Marco. Even Evil Has Loved Ones, after all, and there's something sweet about seeing these two cold-blooded killers as children doing whatever it takes to protect each other.
- "I See You":
- Walt comforting Marie in the hospital. She wonders aloud how "anyone could survive this deathtrap," to which Walt ultimately responds, "I survived this place. And I'm not half the man your husband is."
- It's only a brief scene, but the line of cops showing up to donate blood while Hank's in surgery. Can double as a Tearjerker for anyone who has family in law enforcement.
- When Skyler "reveals" the gambling tale to Marie, Skyler especially emphasizes that Walt only wanted to save his family from financial troubles when he's deceased, indicating that in spite of Skyler's understandable reservations about having a meth-cooking husband, she has come to see Walt's good intentions for his cooking.
- Skyler, knowing Marie's desperation in getting Hank readjusted and treated, decides that Walt's illegal money should be used to pay Hank's hospital bill, knowing that Hank was wrongly and indirectly affected by Walt's crimes.
- At the end of "Fly", Jesse takes Walt, who has fallen asleep in his chair, and lies him down on a sofa, putting a blanket over him.
- "Abiquiu": Jesse refusing to sell the blue meth to his new girlfriend after finding out that she has a son and calling her out when she asks him to get her some of it.
- "Half Measures":
- After Jesse yells at Walt for ratting him out to Gus about his plan to kill the dealers that had Combo killed, not knowing they work for Gus, Gus takes a moment to tell him that Walt is the only friend he has in the room at the moment, when he found out about the plan it wasn't from him, and if not for his respect for Walt, Gus would be handling the problem in a "different manner".
- "Run." Walter saving Jesse from two drug dealers by running them over with his car, shooting the one that survived, and telling him to escape. This is after Walter warns Jesse that he won't be able to protect him since he was stealing meth from the lab, and also spends the whole time lecturing Jesse how killing 2 of Gus' drug dealers would be disaster.
- "Full Measure": Walt is well and truly sorry for forcing Jesse into the position of needing to kill Gale.
- Walt telling Gus that he's his only hope to keep the meth business running, so Gus can't kill him, then adding that he also won't do the work if Gus kills Jesse.
- During his speech to Gus, he also puts Jesse's name first most of the time, making it clear that while he wants to keep his head, allowing Jesse to be harmed is not worth it.
- Jesse pays him back (though unfortunately not with Walt as witness) when Gus seems to be asking him if he could take over the lab if Walt were killed, and Jesse says that Gus will have to kill him too if that happens.
- "Bullet Points": Walt's anger towards Jesse for his neglectful behavior turns into anger for Gus' organization when Walt realizes Pinkman is missing. The expression on his face when he asks where he is to the camera in the meth lab makes it clear that Walter White is out for blood.
- "Shotgun": The first shot of the episode is a panicked Walt leaving Skyler a voice message on the answering machine to say he loves her. She doesn't hear it until after the two of them sign the paperwork for the car wash, but once she does, the two of them immediately have passionate sex. Following that scene features Skyler and Walt having a very warm conversation, including her playfully chiding him for a compliment about her new haircut, Walt Jr. getting grossed out once he realizes what his parents were doing, and Skyler gently pitching the idea for Walt to move back in with them. It is sweet, domestic, and very normal, in a way that it wasn't really before, and likewise never would be again.
- "Hermanos": The fact that Gus set up a scholarship in Max's name. It's even more poignant when you consider that this is a link to his old life that could very easily cause some problems for him if anyone decided to pursue it. It's the sort of loose thread Gus simply doesn't leave, except where Max is concerned.
- Jesse pleads with Gus to let Walt go. This, after Jesse proves himself to be more of an asset than Walt and even after their disastrous fight in "Bug".
- Walt Jr. in "Salud". He spends his day comforting Walt, who is in a pathetic state after his fight with Jesse, cleaning his house and fixes his glasses. The amount of devotion the kid holds to his obviously flawed dad almost reminds you of the times when Walt's crimes were justified.
- When Jesse is going off on the Cartel's drug manufacturers about how everything has to go his way, the camera shows Gus giving a smile at Jesse's action, quite impressed by the same boy he called a junkie.
- Saul is helping Walt set up his family's disappearance (before Walt is aware the money is gone), he ask Saul to call the DEA and tell them Hank's life is in danger. This comes after Gus threatens Walt's entire family if he warns Hank indirectly or otherwise. Capping it off, Walt gives Saul an actual thank you when their conversation concludes.
- Jesse spends the entirety of "End Times" at the hospital after Brock's poisoning, doing whatever he can to comfort Andrea and help the situation. Appropriately, he is absolutely horrified by the possibility that he was poisoned with ricin and he immediately races into the hospital past all of the security to tell the doctors his suspicions.
- Gus also visits him in the hospital and, after a long and tense conversation where Gus demands he come back to work and Jesse refuses to leave until Brock is fine, Gus decides that one batch can be forsaken and lets him stay with the only caveat being he needs to come in the next day. From someone as ruthless as Gus, it proves that somewhere deep inside him there is still some semblance of a decent man inside.
- Better yet, the reveal that Walt poisoned Brock and not Gus means that any ulterior motives he might have had are entirely off the table - Gus knew as little about the situation as Jesse did but he still let him stay.
- In spite of their strained relationship Skyler pleads with Walt to come with the rest of the family to Hank's and not let Gus Kill him.Walt refuses since it would put his family in danger and waits in his house, planning to let Gus Kill him to gurantee his family's safety.This was before Walt came up with the plan to poison Brock so his words to Skyler were sincere and it shows that he really is willing to die to protect his family.
- "Face Off". Walt showing up to rescue Jesse when he's chained up in Gus' lab. The cavalry's here, bitch!
- The framed picture Hector keeps in his nursing room of his nephews when they were kids.
- Mike with his granddaughter.
- Made even sweeter in season 5 where we find out he had a slush fund in her name with two million bucks in it. Mike isn't just working to support himself, he's doing it to ensure his granddaughter has a future (drawing a parallel between him and Walt) and it is the concern for her future that motivates him to go against his own judgment and work with Walter White.
- Mike leaving a giant load of cash for his granddaughter in a safety deposit box, to be given to her on her 18th birthday.
- Walt giving a hundred dollar tip to his Denny's waitress, as he apparently goes off to die in a blaze of glory.
- Jesse giving Walt a present for his 51st birthday.
- In "Gliding Over All" Walt shows up at Jesse's house and leaves him duffel bags full of cash after previously denying him his buyout.
- Hank playing with Holly in "Dead Freight". Holly also utters her first words, "mama!"
- Hank hugging Skyler at the diner when he finds out that Walt is/was a drug dealer.
- Jesse's first thought on what to do with his five million dollars: give half to Mike's granddaughter, and the other half to the parents of the boy killed at the train heist.
- Walt talking business with Skyler about where to put the air fresheners, before talking about buying a second car wash. Before laundering money comes up, they sounds like two people running an honest business, leading a normal life. Kinda of heads into tearjerker territory though, when you consider that Walt could have avoided ever being involved in the meth business if he had just taken that job at Grey Matter. Maybe he and Skyler could've opened up an honest business funded by clean money.
- Walt's moment of vulnerability after collapsing due to exhaustion with Skyler. He says that he knows Skyler must have went for a deal and that he'll make it easy and turn himself in and all he wants is for Skyler to not give out the money to the DEA, just sit on it and give it to the kids, just as he intended. It's heartbreaking to see the original Walter White for a moment there — a deeply flawed man who brought all of this on himself, but in the end just wanted to leave something for his children.
- Walt's Cool Down Hug to Jesse. It's no longer possible to tell if it was even a bit genuine, but it still a bit nice to see it, considering how hard Jesse needed something like this and how even Walt seems to be shaken by his plea not to jerk him around anymore.
- And it seems it actually was genuine given the next episode, where even after Jesse almost burns the house down, Walt insists on doing everything he can to resolve the situation without Jesse getting hurt.
- Walt giving Walt Jr. a heartfelt hug after his son gets upset over the possibility of losing his father to cancer.
- Walt's "confession" tape that he uses to incriminate Hank is unambiguously horrible, but it still manages to have several moments that show that, somewhere deep in the husk that is Heisenberg, Walt's conscience is still there (the show only shows part of it, but the whole tape can be viewed here:
- Despite everything that has happened between the two of them at this point, Walt still goes out of his way to never mention Jesse once, keeping him completely out of the feud between him and Hank.
- In a similar vein, he also manages to never mention Mike either. While it's not as much of a gesture as it is to Jesse, Mike is a confirmed criminal to the DEA and it would be easy to tie him to Hank in the video, so the fact that he doesn't can only mean that this is some form of repentance to the man he murdered so pointlessly.
- Walt also covers up his own wife's involvement in his empire as much as he can, saying that she only found out after Gus's death, was horrified by what he'd done, and never even implying that she was an active participant in his crimes. It's the exact same strategy he'll use later on in "Ozymandias" and shows that, despite everything, he does truly love his wife.
- Walt is finally cornered, caught by Hank with hard evidence as he, Gomez, and Jesse arrive to arrest him. His first instinct is to call Todd for a rescue, but then he looks at them again and realizes that even with as far as he's sunk, this is a step he can't take, so he tells Todd to forget it, and gets a look of absolute peace on his face as Hank calls for him to come out.
- Hank telling Marie that he loves her when he arrests Walt. What makes it very sad but heartwarming too that this was the last time he spoke to her.
- Walt leaving Holly at the fire department, after having taken her when fleeing from his house. At least it shows he still has some shred of a conscience.
- And in the process, making a call to Skyler, knowing the police are there, in which he portrays himself as a terrifying villain who kept Skyler in line through fear throughout the series, exonerating her of any related charges.
- This one is very Fridge, but the fact that he claims that he killed Hank is also one of these. He could very well keep telling her that he didn't kill Hank while only he would know he was telling the truth, but instead he chooses to lie, somehow making himself out to be more of a monster than he actually is, and in the process Marie can actually know that Hank is dead instead of holding out hope that he's just missing, giving her at least some closure.
- Walt offering Jack his entire money stash to not kill Hank, proving once and for all that underneath the ruthlessness, manipulations, and greed, Walt values his family more than his money. Dean Norris said that moment redeemed Walt in Hank's eyes, at least partially.
- Hank's way of telling Walt that his pleading is pointless — he says that even though Walt is the smartest man he has ever met, he still can't understand that Jack has made the decision 10 minutes ago. It not only points out how heartbreaking it was for Hank to learn that Walt is Heisenberg, but also underlining the large respect he felt towards his brother-in-law's intellect. It's also delivered in a surprisingly quiet and tender tone, showing a sign of that feeling of partial redemption Norris mentioned Hank felt Walt had achieved.
- It's an extremely dark example, but Walt collapsing in tears at Hank's death can be seen as one. Considering how far Walt had fallen by this point and especially considering the recent threats he had made to Hank to save himself, this moment solidifies the fact that he loves his family and hints that maybe, just maybe... there's still a flicker of goodness inside him...
- Even after everything that's happened, Marie still struggles to forgive Skyler, and tries to make what she thinks is Walt's downfall as easy on her and Walter Jr. as possible, letting Skyler be the one to tell him.
- One of the sole bright spots of Ozymandias is ironically Walter becoming the mask one last time in order to provide Skyler an alibi. Skyler slowly recognizes what exactly it is he is doing and goes along with it.
- In "Granite State" Saul's final bit of legal advice to Walt is for him to turn himself in to save Skyler from prosecution.
- In "Felina":
- While the relationship between Marie and Skyler is still pretty broken, the former calls the latter to let her know that the cops discovered Walt returned to Albuquerque. Marie, who believes now that Walt had abused Skyler into being his accomplice, also warns her sister to be careful on the slightest chance that Walt manages to get to her (not knowing he's already in the apartment waiting for Skyler to finishing the phone call).
- Walt giving Skyler the lottery ticket with the coordinates for her to use as a bargaining chip. This will also allow Hank and Gomez to receive a proper funeral, giving closure to their loved ones, and also allow Skyler to avoid being prosecuted for Walt's crimes and keep custody of their kids.
- Walt admitting he wasn't in the meth business for the family, it was for himself. That may sound oddly warped, but in truth, it was heartwarming because he had spent the whole show lying and he finally gave her the truth she and the rest of his family deserved to hear.
- Walt's last goodbye to his daughter Holly, just stroking her hair in silence.
- Walt watching Flynn return home from afar. He seems at peace knowing that his son will receive the money even though his son still hates him and will never know the money came from him.
- In a warped sense, Walt tackling Jesse to the ground so that he wouldn't get mowed down by the M60, thus letting him live. Word of God is that Walt was going to let Jesse die until the moment before the machine gun went off, as he just couldn't hurt the kid. Bonus points for Walter, if viewed a second time, is completely shielding Jesse from the side the machinegun is going off, makes the scene even more heartwarming.
- After EVERYTHING that's happened, Walt and Jesse looking at each other one last time... They can't bring themselves to fully get over what they did to each other and they know this is goodbye, giving each other final nods of understanding.
- Jesse, finally free, driving away, laughing and crying at the same time.
- Walt taking one final stroll through the superlab before dying, with the knowledge that despite his motivations, his family will be exempt from blame and provided for, and that they and Jesse will be safe.
- Walt died beating his cancer. Its reveal caused the entire series' events, and he still managed to beat it to the punch and die on his own terms, knowing that he did not die with nothing left for his family as he initially feared would happen.
- Actor Jonathan Banks' comments in regards to his departure from the show, and Mike's death qualify as this.
"This is a glorious end to a magnificent character, that I've been lucky enough to play. So now you know, I'm a cupcake. 46 years professionally, and this is as good as it's ever been. Thank you."
- For the band Badfinger, whose song "Baby Blue" closes out the series with Walt's death. After reaching the height of fame in the 70's, the band suffered a series of professional and personal misfortunes which culminated with two band members committing suicide, and went into relative obscurity. Following the use of their song in the finale, it was reported that online streams of "Baby Blue" have gone up astronomically.
- One devoted fan group put an obituary to White in the October 4, 2013 issue of the Albuquerque Journal:
White, Walter AKA "Heisenberg," 52, of Albuquerque, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, and a gunshot wound. A co-founder of Gray Matter, White was a research chemist who taught high school chemistry, and later founded a meth manufacturing empire. He is survived by his wife Skyler Lambert; son Walter "Flynn" Jr.; and daughter Holly. A private memorial was held by his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a drug abuse prevention charity of your choice. He will be greatly missed.
- Then on October 19, 2013, some people carried out a mock funeral procession (including a hearse and a replica of White's meth lab RV) and a funeral service was held at Albuquerque's Sunset Memorial Park cemetery. A headstone placed with a photo of Cranston as White read, "Beloved Husband, Father, Teacher & Entrepreneur: R.I.P. Walter White (September 7, 1959 September 7, 2011)".
- After his third Primetime Emmy win, one of the first things that Aaron Paul said was a request that everyone give another round of applause to the other nominees that didn't win. Aww...
- According to IMDb, the flashback scene at the beginning of "Ozymandias" was the final scene filmed for the series, meaning that after all the events that transpire, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul got to close their time working together on a beautiful, sunny day, in an emotionally much happier place than the last scene we see them in together in-universe.
- Almost five years after the end of the series, Vince Gilligan came out and admitted that, although he's not too keen as to what would've happened next, he personally believes that Jesse managed to get away clean and start a new life.
There could have been police right around the next corner. Or there could have been an unfettered, free future for him. I personally would like to think he got away, because he paid his dues tenfold. I like to believe he got away. I don't really know in terms of what he should be doing as a career. I just hope he would get away, and meet somebody nice, and not be a criminal anymore and not face those horrors that he faced. I always liked that character. I always had a soft spot for him.