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Recap / Breaking Bad S5 E16 "Felina"

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Guess he got what he deserved.

And so, with a prayer to a higher power and Marty Robbins playing him off, Walt steals a car outside of a New Hampshire bar to face his destiny.

Upon arrival in Santa Fe, 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 appear 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 that should they renege on their agreement, his highly skilled and very expensive assassins will kill them both without any hesitation. 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. Meanwhile, Jesse is shown cooking in Jack's superlab, daydreaming about indulging in his hobby of woodworking, only to wake up to the stark reality of being chained to his workstation.


The next day is Walt's 52nd birthday. He goes to Albuquerque and then heads to a Denny's for a meeting with Lawson, where he gets the M60 machine gun, ammunition, and car we previously saw him purchase. He later drives back to his old home, now abandoned and in ruins, to retrieve the ricin he had hidden inside the bedroom switch plate. Before leaving Walt stops in the middle of the empty living room and reminisces about his 50th birthday two years ago, where his journey into the meth business began with Hank inviting him for a DEA ride-along.

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 spot, 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.


Now alone in the New Mexican desert, Walt is seen putting together some sort of contraption in the trunk of the car he got from Lawson, using the M60, a car battery, and a garage door opener. By a press on his car lock remote, the device springs to life and starts rotating back and forth. Walt smiles in approval at this, before he turns his attention to his wedding ring, still hanging from his makeshift necklace...

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 tackles him without warning 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 gang leader. 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. After seeing Jesse off, the adrenaline in Walt's system subsides, and he finally realizes that he is dying as he feels the pain from his gunshot wound. 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:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Walter in his last moments. He is now left a broken man desperately trying to make up for the damages he has caused. Throughout the episode, he ensures his family's future will be financially secured, makes sure his wife will be free from charges, takes out the remaining bad guys, and pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Jesse at the cost of his own life. He then dies in a meth lab, surrounded by the things he liked to do.
  • 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, unless Lydia took her tea cold. Additionally, she could probably have been saved by doctors if she rushed straight to the ER and gave the right info given that it had only been 12 hours.
  • 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.
    • Walt was a Jerkass to people throughout the series, but thanks to his partial redemption in this episode it's a Downplayed trope.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Between the Neo-Nazis as one of them holds Walt at gunpoint.
    Kenny: Where do you want it?
    Jack: Oh, I dunno, anywhere not my living room? Take him out back.
  • 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.
    • Hank briefly reappears through a flashback to "Pilot".
  • Backported Development: The only reason Walt suddenly decides to remove his watch Jesse gave him and leave it on top of a pay phone is to resolve the fact that he wasn't wearing it in the Flash Forward originally presented in "Live Free or Die".
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Walt confronts Jack and his white supremacist gang. Jack quickly decides to kill Walt, who then accuses him of having gone into partnership with Jesse. Instead of shooting him, Jack acts all offended, and then has the chained-up Jesse dragged into the room just to let Walt know how wrong he is. Walt then activates a home-made automatic turret in his car's trunk, which kills the entire gang (and mortally wounds Walt), leaving Jesse as the only survivor.
  • 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.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Walt dies on his 52nd birthday, with his drug empire wiped out for good.
  • 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, has had his reputation completely destroyed, and is 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 with a full head of hair 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, once again with a full head of hair, 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.
    • Walt's stated motivation for going into drug dealing, from the very first episode, was to earn enough money via the trade that his family could live comfortably without him. In this episode, the last villain of the series and the last distributor of the blue meth (Jack) tries to bargain with Walt by offering him his lost drug money. Walt completely ignores the offer and kills Jack anyway, finally ending the business.
  • 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:
    • Walt's ricin is once again juxtaposed with someone pouring artificial sweetener; before it was Marie, now it's Lydia.
    • Jesse briefly distracts himself by imagining he's making a wooden box in his high school shop class.
    • Walt recalls his 50th birthday party as he is walking through his old house, two years prior to the day, when Hank showed a news report on a drug bust he conducted. In particular, he remembers Hank quipping "It's easy money...'til we catch ya!" before offering Walt the fateful ride-along that would reunite him with Jesse and begin his career as a meth cook. Also a Tear Jerker.
    • The final shootout brings in mind two scenes from season 2:
      • When Walt and Jesse are held prisoners by Tuco, Jesse suggests that Walt attacks him while he goes for his gun, as Walt is dying from cancer and thus the best suited to make an Heroic Sacrifice. Walt is predictably indignant at the insensitive suggestion. Nearly two years and four seasons later, as cancer has definitely taken its toll on Walt and he's got nothing to lose anymore, he does end up Taking the Bullet for Jesse.
      • When they're stranded in the desert with their dead RV and at the end of their rope, Jesse frantically fires at Walt several ideas of things he could be MacGyvering to help them, amongst which a robot (they eventually go for the more sensible suggestion of a battery). In this episode, Walt does get to build that robot (a remote-controlled oscillating rig for his M60 machine gun), which results in him saving Jesse's life.
    • On three separate occasions, Jesse had Walt at his mercy, ready to strike (the third also with a gun), with Walt telling him to "do it". While on those occasions, Walt was goading Jesse with the hope that he'd back off (which he did), this time he genuinely offers him his life, only for Jesse to deny him once again.
    • Jesse clearly remembers the last time Walt tried to manipulate him into doing something "he" wanted, and he again instantly sees through the deception and tries to get him to admit the truth for once: that Walt himself needed this. This time, Walt has no reason to lie to Jesse anymore.
    • Walt again meets Lydia in her preferred meeting place with a ricin vial on hand.
  • Camera Abuse: Blood gets on the lens when Walt shoots Jack in the head.
  • Cathartic Scream: Jesse screams like a madman as he drives away from the neo-Nazi compound.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Walt's M60 and the ricin finally come into play.
  • The Chessmaster: Walter was fully in this mode in this episode.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Walter is about to be taken out back and shot by the Neo-Nazis at their hideout, which would screw his whole plan to kill them all with an M60. While they're grabbing him to take him out back, he starts screaming at Jack about Jack's promise to kill Jesse, alleging Jack partnered with Jesse instead. In doing so, Walt hits a MAJOR nerve Jack has (and Walt didn't even know about): his hatred of snitches. Jack is so incensed at the implication he's working with a rat (Jesse), he keeps Walt alive just so he can see Jesse is their slave, not a partner. This, however, buys Walt enough time to grab his keys off the pool table and trigger the M60
  • Cruel Mercy: Downplayed. When Walt asks for Jesse to shoot him, Jesse refuses; not because he wants to spare him, but because he's done letting Walt dictate his life. Plus, Walt had already been mortally wounded from his homemade machine gun turret, so he was going to die anyway.
  • Cutting Back to Reality: Jesse's first scene in "Felina" features him daydreaming of carpentry, putting the finishing touches on a beautifully handcrafted box. Satisfied with his work, he steps away from the bench with the box still in hand - and then we cut back to reality with a loud clank. He's still chained to the ceiling in Jack Welker's meth lab, bearded, scarred and traumatized for life; the "box" is actually the latest ingredient of the meth that the neo-Nazis are forcing him to cook.
  • 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 Feleena) and is fatally shot in the process — the episode directly parallels. In Walt's case it's not initially clear what the "Feleena" 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 receive 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 less than a year.
    • If Jack hadn't been stung by Walt's accusation that he partnered up with Jesse, he'd have taken Walt outside to be executed right then. His insistence to bring Jesse in to show him how mistaken he was gave Walt the opportunity to pick up his car keys (with the remote for his machine gun rig) on the pool table. Just like many of Walt's actions and mistakes over the course of the series were born out of pride, Jack shared this mortal sin with him, which ultimately caused his own undoing.
  • Dying Alone: Walt manages to ensure the last of his money goes to his estranged family, pays a final visit to his wife to make amends, and takes deadly revenge against those who wronged him, while saving his former partner at the cost of his own life. After Jesse denies him the Mercy Kill he requested and leaves, he ends up dying this way: bleeding out in the middle of a meth lab while waiting for the police to come.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Walter finally lets go of his pride and makes sure his children get the money they need despite knowing that his children will never know he was responsible.
    • He also wants to avenge Hank's death and does so by killing Jack and his goons.
    • He gives Skyler the location of the bodies of Hank and Gomez in the hopes she can use it the information to make a deal and be spared from prison.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The White family's financial future is secured, Jack, Lydia, and Todd got their thoroughly deserved punishments, Jesse escapes the drug compound, 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. Kenny doesn't even think twice when Walt parks in front of the clubhouse instead of the spot he indicated him.
  • 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Walt's final expression is one of faint satisfaction, as described by the script. Vince Gilligan confirmed that, while he wasn't quite happy, he died convinced that he did the best he could to atone for his mistakes.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After discovering his sorry state, Walt ends up Taking the Bullet for Jesse, when his initial intention had been to gun him down along with himself and the rest of Jack's crew.
  • 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 the Stevia powder she always takes to sweeten her tea.
    • 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. However, instead of closing his eyes, Heisenberg's eyes are kept open.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Walt finds out Jesse has been cooking Blue Sky for Uncle Jack.
    • Skyler finds out Walt really didn't kill Hank, it was Jack and his gang.
  • 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 Schwartzes 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.
    • Walt has a second sincere admission in that regard on Jesse's demand after the latter sees through his attempt to get him to shoot him.
  • 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 - one filled paranoia over being found by someone from his past.
  • Karmic Death: Just about every single killing here was very ironic and well-deserved:
    • Jack's whole crew are killed by the M60 machine gun rigged in Walt's car. Considering their specialty is in arranging surprise attacks and mass murders, them being gunned down all at once without warning is quite fitting for their end.
    • Todd, who had enslaved and tortured Jesse into cooking meth, and murdered an innocent kid and Jesse's ex-girlfriend right in front of him, 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.
    • And 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. Walt also treats Lydia's impending demise not with any (overt) hatred but with cold indifference, much like how Lydia reacted to all the murders she ordered.
    • Even Walt's death, bleeding out alone in a meth lab from a bullet shot by his own gun, can be seen as such, as the first verse of the song that plays over his final scene is "Guess I got what I deserved". As for the "bleeding out alone" part, Walt had alienated every single one of his friends and family through his crimes and sins; so it's rather fitting (and pathetic) that the only thing he still has left to give him company in his final minutes of life, is the infamous Blue Sky meth he created (and which sealed his fate).
  • 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.
  • Killer Finale: This is the final episode of Breaking Bad and is the one in which Walt, the Villain Protagonist, dies from being hit by a stray bullet from the M60 he used to kill the Neo-Nazis.
  • The Last Dance: For Walt.
  • Laughing Mad: Jesse as he drives to freedom, which it's hard to fault him for given all of the trauma he's been through and is now finally free from.
  • Mood Dissonance: When it is revealed the assassins aiming at Eliot and Gretchen were really Badger and Skinny Pete using laser pointers.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: see Wham Shot below.
  • Neck Snap: Todd gets garroted with a chain by Jesse until it cracks his windpipe, killing him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Gretchen practically jumps out of her skin when she sees Walt snuck into her home. Elliot, likewise, is similarly fearful.
    • Lydia, after Walt reveals what she really put into her tea.
  • One Last Smoke: Jack grabs a lit cigarette 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 and makes it clear he's done with Walt's manipulations.
  • 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.
  • Reveal Shot: Skyler seems to be sitting alone in her new home when Marie calls to warn her that Walt is back in town. After the call ends, Skyler states "You have five minutes" and the camera slowly leans in, eventually revealing Walt who has been standing there in the kitchen the whole time.
  • Series Fauxnale: The episode was originally written as the Grand Finale for the series, but not too long after, it turns out that the story isn't quite over for Saul Goodman or Jesse Pinkman, with these loose ends being tied up in Better Call Saul and El Camino, respectively.
  • Shoot the Dog: Averted. Walt asks Jesse to kill him. Seeing Walt's already mortally wounded and realizing this is just another instance of Walt trying to manipulate him, 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.
  • Spiteful Suicide: Walt intends to commit suicide to fulfill his boast to Hank that he will never see the inside of a cell. First, he tries to place himself in the firing range of the M60 as it massacres the Neo-Nazis, but ends up sacrificing that opportunity to save Jesse. Then he asks Jesse to shoot him, but his former student refuses to be manipulated anymore. Luckily for Walt, a stray bullet has fatally punctured his lung, allowing him to die just before the police arrive on the scene, getting the last laugh as he got away from justice for the final time.
  • 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: After spending months as a slave to the neo-Nazis and Todd, Jesse drives a car at full-speed through the gate of their compound to freedom, crying and laughing the entire time.
  • 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.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: 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)
  • Together in Death: With Jesse free and Todd dead, Walt has ensured that his beloved blue meth will die with him, and he chooses to go in the lab with the last batch ever made.
  • 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.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: The entire episode can be summed up as this.
  • Wham Line:
    • "I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive."
    • "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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the barrels of money? Where Jack put it and who eventually found it is never revealed.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Taking out a room full of people with a homemade sentry gun isn't the likeliest outcome, but who cares when the alternative is neo-Nazis not getting their comeuppance?
    • Subverted to the surprise of the fans, the Mythbusters and Vince Gilligan himself when they tested how the sentry gun would actually function, and it worked just like it did in the show!

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.