Yet again, here’s fair warning. In case you missed Sunday’s episode of Breaking Bad, entitled “To’hajiilee” —which is the name of the Indian Reservation where it all goes down.
There will be spoilers from here on out.
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Now that that’s over with, for all who religiously watch the show, it is not uncommon for the final few moments of any given episode to send you falling to the floor in a sudden burst of consternation. There was no shortage of that in “To’hajiilee.”
What started as Hank’s most clever maneuver to capture his brother-in-law ended with gunfire, followed by the all-too-famous credits before the cliffhanger of a lifetime. Hank tricked Walter by forging a photo of one of his “money-barrels” in order to track Walt’s phone to the precise location of his buried treasure. Walt immediately recognized what was happening when he reached the coordinates and hid behind a rock. In the past Walt would’ve most likely made a run for it as soon as the van containing Hank, Gomez and Jesse showed up at the scene. But there was a look in his eyes, a look that said, “Well, this is it.” In an act of desperation he called Todd’s uncle, but in realizing who he was dealing with, called the hit off.
Walt emerged from the rock, dropped the thawed revolver, fell to the ground and let Hank handcuff him before reciting Walt his Miranda Rights. It was a moment all fans had been waiting for, some in want, some in dismay; finally seeing the king gives up his thrown. But it left a certain tension in the air. It seemed too clean.
Just as Hank was ready to drive Walt out, Todd’s uncle, along with a plethora of his neo-Nazi, machine gun-wielding cronies entered the scene, and so began the standoff. It lasted momentarily until shots fired off. Then the credits rolled without revealing the consequent results.
Trying to conjure what will happen on the next episode is nearly impossible. Though it doesn’t hurt to try, curve balls such as the firefight are all but predictable. All that can be noted—considering there are four episodes left—is that someone must’ve died. Someone important. Be it Hank, Jesse or Gomez—as with a few episodes back when it seemed inevitable for Jesse to burn Walt’s house down—too much has yet to happen for Walt to simply be arrested.
Having seen the opening sequence of episodes’ one and nine of the fifth season, Walt is out and about, bearded and seeking revenge. So, whatever happens next cannot happen cleanly. It’s painful to think of Jesse or Hank—or even Gomez for that matter—dying, but the writer’s may somehow showcase their paramount craftiness yet again to keep those three alive, while also allowing Walt to run free.