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My baby blue...
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Moments after leaving the bar in New Hampshire, Walt manages to steal a car and evades the police, driving back to New Mexico. Upon arrival he tracks down Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz's address under the guise of a reporter asking for an interview. After revealing himself to them, Walt demands that the couple deposit his remaining $9.72 million into a trust fund for Flynn which he should receive upon turning 18 — and that the money must look to be coming from them, not from him — to which they agree. As added motivation, laser sights are directed at the Schwartz' chests from afar, with Walt threatening the couple should they renege on their agreement. After Walt returns to his car, it is revealed that the "snipers" are in fact Badger and Skinny Pete with laser pointers. Walt learns from them that Uncle Jack's crew has taken over the distribution of Blue Sky and deduces that Jesse is still alive and is now cooking for them. As Walt retrieves the M60 and ricin, Jesse is shown cooking in Jack's superlab, daydreaming about indulging in his hobby of woodworking.

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Lydia enters her usual café to get her usual cup of tea and meet up with Todd, who awkwardly attempts to hit on her shortly after he arrives. Walt suddenly appears in the café and pulls up a chair to their table, telling them he has an offer. He wants to sell them an alternative meth recipe that doesn't require methylamine in exchange for $1 million. Lydia asks Walt how he knew to find them at the café and he points out that Lydia is a creature of habit and that they used to have this same meeting at this exact place the same time every week. Lydia tells Walt that he can meet with the neo-Nazis to discuss the subject of the new meth recipe further, asking Todd to arrange for the meeting to take place in the evening. As Walt leaves, Lydia tells Todd that they can't indulge Walt's request for their own safety. Lydia insinuates that the best thing to do is to kill Walt, which she claims would be doing him a favor, considering his physical condition. She then goes about drinking her tea, adding the packet of sweetener that she found on her table.

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Meanwhile, Skyler, who is living in a cramped apartment with Flynn and Holly, receives a call from Marie, warning her that Walt is back in town. As Skyler hangs up it is revealed Walt is already in the apartment, and she gives him five minutes to talk to her. Walt gives her the lottery ticket with the coordinates to where Hank and Gomez are buried, telling her to use it to negotiate a plea deal with the DEA, and tells her to claim that she got it from Walt forcing his way into the apartment and forcing her to make breakfast for him. Walt finally confesses that his involvement in the drug trade was never about helping his family, but because Walt enjoyed the power and prestige that came with it; it made him feel alive. Skyler agrees to his request to see Holly one last time. As Walt leaves he sees Flynn enter the apartment from afar, but only watches, not disturbing him.

Walt drives to Jack's hideout where he repeats his previous offer to Jack, which he rejects whilst ordering his men to kill Walt. Walt then insults Jack for betraying him and partnering up with Jesse, only for Jack to call for Jesse to be brought up to prove that they never agreed to a partnership. When Jesse is brought in, Walt without warning tackles Jesse and uses his keys to remotely open the car trunk, revealing the M60 rigged to his car. The M60 guns down most of Jack's crew and wounds Jack and Walt. Todd manages to get in cover and gets through the shooting unscathed, but Jesse uses the confusion to sneak up on him and chokes him to death with his handcuffs. Walt picks up Jack's dropped gun and he approaches the wounded gangleader. Jack attempts his darnest to play it cool and begins bargaining for his life, telling Walt he'll never find his money if he pulls the trigger on him. But Walt's only response is to nonchalantly shoot him in the head.

With Jack and his gang dead, Walt gives the gun to Jesse and says he knows Jesse wants to kill him. Jesse angrily replies that he'll do it only if Walt confesses it's he who wants Jesse to shoot, which Walt does. Jesse realizes Walt is wounded and bleeding badly, and refuses to indulge his final request, telling him to do it himself as he goes for Todd's car. Todd's phone rings, prompting Walt to answer the call, revealing a visibly ill Lydia who is calling Todd to confirm Walt's death. Walt tells her he is still alive and informs her that her business partners are dead and he spiked her tea with ricin (remember the sweetener?) during their meeting before hanging up.

As Jesse prepares to leave, he and Walt share one last look of gratitude as they bid each other farewell. Jesse then drives away from the compound, laughing and crying hysterically. With the police approaching the compound, Walt tours through Jack's lab, admiring some of the chemical equipment and Jesse's final product: A perfect batch of meth, a sign for Walt that he has succeeded as a teacher. Finally succumbing to his wound, Walt smiles at the knowledge that his family is safe and financially secure. He collapses, and dies as he stares serenely at the ceiling. The final scene showing the officers storming the lab and two officers standing over Walt's body, ironically, in the same kind of place where he felt so alive.

As is written in the script: They're too late. He got away.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Saul isn't even mentioned in this episode.
  • Artistic License: Walt administers the ricin to Lydia by placing it inside the Stevia bag that Lydia poured inside her chamomile tea. In real life it would not work that way since ricin, being a protein, would denaturate at once if put in hot or boiling water.
    • This was probably on purpose, given that this is the same show that's intentionally given us the wrong recipe for meth, and a generally incorrect way of dissolving a body.
    • Or perhaps it's this because it was made by Walt, who cooked THE purest batch of meth and has far more greater achievements than this.
  • Asshole Victim: Let's just say Jack, Todd and Lydia thoroughly deserved their fates. Also the rest of the Neo-Nazis killed by the machine gun.
  • The Atoner: Walter ends up being an extremely dark version of this; while he's unapologetic for his actions, he does his best to fix the consequences.
  • Back for the Finale: Walt tracks down Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz and forces them into an elaborate plan to get his drug money to his children. He also enlists Badger and Skinny Pete for the plan, after they had all but vanished from the show.
  • Brandishment Bluff: The "snipers" that Walt uses to intimidate Gretchen and Elliot into following through their end of the deal turn out to be Badger and Skinny Pete with laser pointers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Walt dies, having finally dismantled his drug empire and giving Jack, Todd and Lydia their comeuppance. Jesse is freed from the drug trade for good, Skyler has information on where Hank and Gomez are buried, implying she will use this info to avoid trial and Walt ensures that Gretchen and Elliot will help secure his family's financial future through Flynn's trust fund. However, everybody that survived the series still has to live with the devastation Walt caused by getting involved in the meth trade, and he remains unapologetic about his actions. Walt also still dies alone and hated by his family, meaning the White family will never know that the money from the trust fund came from Walt instead of one of the Schwartz's acts of charity.
  • Book-Ends:
    • The first scene of the pilot sees Walt saying goodbye to his family via video recording as he prepares to die believing the police have caught him. The last scene of the finale has him dying as the police surround his location after he has said goodbye to his family.
    • In the pilot, Walt attempts to shoot himself to avoid being caught by what he thinks are the cops, only for the gun's safety to stop that attempt. In the end, a bullet from his own gun ultimately did Walt in.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Jack, courtesy of Walt.
  • Brick Joke: Played for Drama. Walt has finally found the combination of words that would make Skyler understand.
    Walt: I did it for me.
  • Call-Back:
  • Camera Abuse: Blood gets on the lens when Walt shoots Jack in the head.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Walt's M60 and the ricin finally come into play.
  • The Chessmaster: Walter was fully in this mode in this episode.
  • Cruel Mercy: Downplayed. When Walt asks for Jesse to shoot him, Jesse refuses; not because he wants to spare him, but because Walt had already been mortally wounded from his homemade machine gun turret, so he was going to die anyway.
  • Death Seeker: After killing off Jack and his crew, Walt offers Jesse a gun and the chance to pull the trigger on him, outright stating that he wants death. He gets it from a stray bullet from his rigged M60 (which would've gunned him down with everyone else anyway if he hadn't made the snap decision to save Jesse).
  • Dies Wide Open:
    • Walt in the middle of the meth lab as the cops storm the place.
    • Also Todd after being choked to death by Jesse.
    • And Kenny who lays dead on the massage chair which is still running.
  • Double-Meaning Title:
    • "Felina" is an anagram for "finale".
    • It is also a reference to the Marty Robbins song "El Paso", whose plot — a wanted man goes back to the scene of his crime to see someone he misses (a woman named Felina) and is fatally shot in the process — the episode directly parallels. In Walt's case it's not initially clear what the "Felina" he's really after is, but given the last scene it's probably his blue meth.
    • And there's an unconfirmed but lovely little theory that it also stands for Fe (iron), Li (lithium) and Na (sodium) - blood, meth and tears. Lots of blood was shed, the blue meth production was stopped for good, and lots of tears were shed during the episode and Walt's death. It's also a pun for the phrase, "blood, sweat, and tears", used when describing how much hard work was put into something, as in, lots of blood, sweat, and tears were shed to make it happen. In this case, Walt's blue meth business.
  • Dramatic Irony: Thanks to the White family not wanting any of Walt's drug money, he decides to coerce the Schwarzes into setting up a trust fund Flynn will recieve on his 18th birthday with the remaining cash he has to make it look like the money came from a philanthropist couple's act of charity. Then during Walt's final meeting with Skyler, he claims he spent the rest of his money getting back to Albuquerque. This means that the White Family will believe that Walt's actions were All for Nothing, even though the audience and Walt know that their financial future will be secured in a year and a half.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The White family financial future is secured, Jack, Lydia, and Todd got their thoroughly deserved punishments, and the lottery ticket gives Marie and Skyler a chance to give Hank a proper funeral and keep Skyler out of prison. Walt dies, yes, but 1) he definitely had it coming, and 2) as Jesse's conversation with him makes clear, Walt welcomed it.
  • Ending Theme: Badfinger's "Baby Blue" plays in the final scene as Walt dies from his injuries.
  • Exact Words: When Skyler asks Walt if him being back in town means he's turning himself into the police, Walt says they'll be coming to him. After he kills off the Neo-Nazis, the police are alerted to the scene, and he dies just as they're storming the hideout, meaning the cops did come to him.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The Neo-Nazis didn't bother to check the trunk of Walt's car.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Doesn't it seem odd that the camera holds on a shot of Lydia adding that sweetener to her tea?
    • When Walt shows up at Skyler's apartment in order to say goodbye to her, she asks if this means he's turning himself into the police. She also tells him about the Neo-Nazis and Lydia threatening the family into silence in the previous episode. Walt says that the cops will be coming to him, and reassures Skyler that his former associates won't be a threat to her or the kids anymore, but he doesn't give her any details. Walt killing the entire Neo-Nazi gang with the rigged machine gun alerted the police to the scene, and Walt dies from one of the stray bullets right before they storm the hideout. Walt also poisoned Lydia before he went to talk to Skyler, guaranteeing all threats to his family are no longer alive.
  • Grand Finale: For the show, tying up all the loose ends and even allowing Walt to find a way to secure his family's financial future.
  • He's Back: Heisenberg is back one last time to atone for his sins, launder rest of his money to his family, and to avenge Hank.
  • The Hero Dies: Well, the Anti-Villain Protagonist does.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lydia, Jack, Todd and Walt.
    • Lydia is done in by the ricin in Stevia powder she always takes to avoid poisoning.
    • Jack spared Walt when he killed Hank and Gomez, which resulted in Walt killing him and his crew for vengeance against Hank.
    • Todd is garroted with a pair of handcuffs by Jesse, who Todd had held prisoner for months.
    • Walt was shot by his own rigged machine gun which killed the Neo Nazis except Todd and Jack.
  • Internal Homage: The final shot where the camera pulls up from Walt's dead body recalls the ending shot of "Crawl Space". Fans often point to that episode as the moment where Walter White died and Heisenberg was born, this episode represents the moment where Heisenberg died too.
  • Irony: Walt refused Eliot and Gretchen's offer to work at their company at the beginning of the series because he didn't want to depend on their "charity". Now the only way Walt can get the money he recieved through his crimes to his family without them rejecting it or the police confiscating it is to coerce the Schwartz's into taking the nest egg and giving it to Flynn once he turns eighteen so it looks like the money came from one of their philanthropic acts.
  • It's All About Me: Walt finally confesses to Skyler that he went into the drug business because he liked it and was good at it. Probably one of the few times the admission has ever been put in a positive light.
  • Karma Houdini: Of the show's main cast, the only surviving criminal who both evades legal justice and doesn't get emotionally scarred-for-life — not counting Badger and Skinny Pete, whose crimes were pretty low down on the scale compared to everyone else — is Saul, though he is technically absent from this final episode, and didn't exactly make it out of the series unscathed since he lost his highly lucrative law practice and was left with what was confirmed in Better Call Saul to be a much more mundane life.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Todd, who shot Drew Sharp, tortured Jesse to cook meth, and murdered Andrea after he tried to escape, is ultimately killed by Jesse himself (using the same chains that Todd used to enslave Jesse, no less).
    • Jack is killed by Walt in a very similar (if reversed) manner of when he executed Hank, even using Walt's money to try and barter for his life to be spared, only to be shot in the head mid-sentence.
    • Jack’s whole crew is killed by the M60 machine gun rigged in Walt’s car. Considering their speciality is in arranging mass murders, them being gunned down all at once is quite fitting for their end.
    • And finally Lydia, who had made it a habit of killing off loose ends, ends up being Walt's final loose end after it's revealed that he spiked her tea with ricin.
  • Key Under the Doormat: After a vain attempt to hotwire it, the car Walt steals in the cold open turns out to have a set of keys conveniently hidden in the sun visor.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Jack, by Walt. Fitting, as Jack killed Hank in the same manner two episodes earlier.
  • The Last Dance: For Walt.
  • Mood Dissonance: When it is revealed the assassins aiming at Eliot and Gretchen were really Badger and Skinny Pete using laser pointers.
  • Moral Dilemma: Jack tries to invoke this when Walt is about to kill him, saying Walt won't get his money back if he dies. Walt shoots him anyway, showing he didn't care about the $68 million Jack took from him anymore, not least because he wouldn't have lived long enough to use it.
    Jack: You want your money, right? You wanna know where that is? You pull that trigger, you'll never— (Walt shoots him in the head)
  • Oh, Crap!: Lydia, after Walt reveals what she really put into her tea.
  • One Last Smoke: Jack grabs a lit cigar and puts it in his mouth before attempting to convince Walt not to kill him.
  • Papa Wolf: While he was already going to kill Lydia and the Neo-Nazis for their role in Hank's death, Walt finding out from Skyler that they had threatened her and the kids into silence increased his rage and conviction when he did so.
  • Perfect Poison: The way Lydia dies.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: After killing Jack, Walt hands his gun over to Jesse and tells him to do it. Jesse forces him to admit that it would satisfy him, then declines after noticing he's already been shot.
  • Redemption Equals Death: For Walt, somewhat. While he dies being honest with people, having come to terms with, and admitting his mistakes and sins and fixing as much of the damage that they had done as possible, along with saving Jesse, he was also very unapologetic about them. He more regrets the consequences to himself and his family as opposed to the actions themselves.
  • Shoot the Dog: Averted. Walt asks Jesse to kill him. Seeing Walt's already mortally wounded, Jesse refuses.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: When Walt finds a car with the keys still in it and starts it up, the song playing on the radio is "El Paso". The episode is essentially a Whole Plot Reference to the song.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Todd's neck breaks with a loud and quite nauseating sound.
  • Sole Survivor: Jesse ends up becoming this with the massacre Walt performs on Jack's crew, and the only reason why that happens is because Walt made a split-second decision to do so. Then when Walt dies from a stray bullet, Jesse becomes the only one left in the world who knows how to make Blue Sky.
  • Taking the Bullet: Walt had rigged his M60 to kill everyone in the clubhouse, including himself and Jesse. When he sees Jesse reduced to servitude, he tackles him to the ground before activating it, shielding him with his body from the stray bullets, one of which hits him instead.
  • Taking You with Me: Walt's original plan was to use the rigged M60 to kill everybody at the bunker, including himself and Jesse. But once he sees Jesse was Made a Slave by Jack's crew, Walt tackles him to the ground to protect him from the bullets.
  • Tears of Joy: Jesse, whilst driving away from Jack's compound, free from the meth business at last.
  • The Unapologetic: While Walt finally admits to both himself and Skyler that his intentions weren't as noble as he tried to claim, he still never apologizes to anybody for everything he put them through, and it's implied that he would do it all over again if he was given the chance.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Badger and Skinny Pete, of all people, are probably the recurring characters (not counting Gretchen and Elliot) who make it best out of the series, since they don't appear to be appreciably worse off than they were when the series began, and end up with a nice payday from Walter for the task of shining some laser pointers through a window.
  • Wham Line: "How are you feeling? A little under the weather, like you've got the flu? That would be the Ricin I gave you, I slipped into that Stevia crap that you're always putting in your tea".
  • Wham Shot:
    • Walt slowly revealing himself to the Schwartzes and, later, Skyler.
    • The Stevia getting mixed in the tea.
    • The trunk containing the M60, which ends up killing Jack's gang.
    • Right as Walt is goading Jesse into killing himnote , Jesse glances downward and notices Walt's gunshot wound. Walt's profusely bleeding gunshot wound.

Guess I got what I deserved
Kept you waiting there, too long my love
All that time without a word
Didn't know you'd think that I'd forget, or I'd regret
The special love I had for you, my baby blue.
All the days became so long
Did you really think, I'd do you wrong
Dixie, when I let you go
Thought you'd realize that I would know
I would show the special love I have for you, my baby blue

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