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GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS Walt ties up all his loose ends.
Walt screams that Jack owes him Pinkman, and accuses Jack of partnering with Jesse.
"You think I'd partner with a rat?" Jack says angrily. "I'm going to show you just how wrong you are, and then I'm putting that bullet in your head myself."
Todd marches Jesse in on his leash.
"Does this look like a partner to you?" Jack says of the chained Jesse.
Jesse stares at his former mentor with hatred, but Walt is devastated at the state Jesse is in. (Gilligan revealed on Talking Bad that Walt did intend to kill Jesse, yet Walt changes his mind when he sees Jesse.) Walt lunges at his ex-partner, pushing him to the ground. Walt then presses his key fob, which activates the M60 that was rigged in his trunk. A shower of bullets kills most of the Nazis, save for Todd and Jack. (Walt takes a bullet himself, too.)
Jesse does the honors on Todd, strangling him with his chains as Walt watches. Walt picks up a gun, but it's not meant for Jesse. Jack lies in the corner, still alive. Walt shoots Jack.
Then, Walt slides the gun over to Jesse. Jesse points it at Walt, in a shot very reminiscent of Jesse aiming the gun at Gale in season four's "Full Measure."
"Do it," Walt says. "You want this."
"Say the words. Say you want this. Nothing happens until I hear you say it," Jesse screams.
"I want this," Walt whispers.
"Then do it yourself," Jesse says as he drops the gun, and walks outside.
Todd's phone rings; it's Lydia. Walt picks up, and explains that he killed everyone, and poisoned her with Ricin in her Stevia. "Goodbye, Lydia." He hangs up the phone.
Before Jesse drives away to his freedom, he stares at Walt one last time. From Jesse's vantage point, Walt is just a dark figure. His Mr. White has turned completely black.
As the cops raid the meth lab, and Walt lies dying from the bullet wound in his stomach, the camera pans away -- much like the shot in "Crawl Space. That's the last we'll see of Walt and Breaking Bad.
Gilligan, in my mind, made a brave choice. He didn't "fade to black" (which I joked about in our predictions story). Gilligan gave all his characters a fitting send-off in this episode. (Sure, Saul was short-changed in "Granite State," but he will have his own spinoff shortly, so I won't quibble over that.) Gilligan also didn't write a depressing ending. (Considering the last few episodes, it could have gone a much darker route.) The characters all got their just deserts. The White family has the money. Skyler and Marie made up. The Nazis and Lydia are dead. Jesse is freed, saved by his mentor. The anti-hero is dead too, but not before making everything as right as he could, in his last acts of penitence for his sins. Breaking Bad ended with everyone as happy as possible.
What did you think of the series finale? How does it rate amongst the pantheon of greatest TV finales ever?