I think most of you know that I am out for most of this week, but I couldn't help but take a few moments to escape with an episode of Breaking Bad and share my thoughts. It's not going to be as long as usual, and will be edited to the best that my overly emotional and exhausted brain can handle, and I couldn't format photos on this old computer, so please excuse the lack of them and any typos/errors in this one.
I loved this episode and not for its action, but I felt it was an episode that we really needed this season that dealt with Walt's family life and especially Skyler. I'm glad we finally got to see the conflict between Walt and Skyler come to a head, since it has been building since the beginning of the season, and we haven't seen her do much more than lay on her bed staring with a blank look on her face. It was also nice to see some emotion in her and most of all for her to yell at Walt, because goddamned he deserves it.
It was a fascinating way to begin this episode that ended with their huge blow-out of a fight, because in the beginning, Walt was more happy than we have seen him, possibly, well...ever. He bought himself a new car; he and Walt Jr. were joking around; and he just seemed genuinely happy and excited for his birthday. It is so astounding that he still is so delusionally that he really does believe that everything is alright and in, fact good. In his first discussion with Skyler he even goes so far as to ask "What is wrong with the kids environment? Life is good". The scariest part is that Walt actually believes that is true. He sees no danger coming from the DEA, rival drug cartels, random meth addicts that just want one more hit of the blue rock, or even, one of the people closest to him...Jesse (which I will get to in a moment).
(One side note I do have - I really could have done without the incredibly loud dub-step montage in the opening scene, but since it is Breaking Bad, I will forgive it.)
However, this episode really was all about Skyler. Of course there were a few business matters they had to handle, and the return of Lydia, but as a whole it was about Walt and Skyler's relationship, and really how it has changed. As I mentioned before, this entire season, we have seen Skyler on a downward spiral. She has been depressed and hasn't been able to get out of bed, and we can really see all of Walt's drug dealings and the situation with Ted Beneke reflected in her actions. She seems to have completely disassociated and now truly has a hatred and disgust for Walt. This is brought to a head in the swimming pool scene, in which it looks for a moment like she really might be attempting suicide. Then, we realize that it not only provides glaring symbolism that she is in over her head and can't see a way to get back to the top, but finally allows her to have a catalyst to get the kids out of the house. However, the way she looked at the bottom of that pool was pretty creepy and I do wonder if this also was some foreshadowing about Skyler's actual death and the fact that she just may end up dead at the bottom of a pool.
Which now brings me to Walt and Skyler's fight, and one of the most chilling sentences uttered in the series so far, seriously. It was interesting, because as they began talking about what Skyler could do to help the children, I felt the same helpless and trapped feeling that she did. For every plan that she had, Walt had an answer as to why that wouldn't work and I begin to think and realize, she really is stuck and these innocent children are screwed. The way in which he doesn't really care and really is just obsessed with having his children around is so terrifying it's unbelievable, but then Skyler tells us she finally knows her way out. She is a coward and won't do anything, so she has to wait, hold on, bide her time and hope for the cancer to come back. Chilling. I think I literally got goosebumps. It's so fucked up, but so true, that the only way that she and her family have any chance of getting out of this situation clean and unscathed, is if Walt were to die of something completely unrelated and become incapacitated by the cancer. I have no idea if this is actually what is going to happen, but to imagine the pain Skyler must feel as she sits around waiting and hoping for her husband once again gets a life-threatening illness is unimaginable.
However, there is an indication in the final scene that Walt's life, truly is a time bomb waiting to go off. If we look at the symbolism there, I suspect that his ultimate demise, might come more from his relationship with Jesse, not Skyler. Walt walks out and shows Skyler his watch and tells her that the person that gave him this watch wanted him dead too, and almost killed him, yet he changed his mind about him and so will she. The screwed up thing about this, is the fact that we(the audience) know that Jesse didn't kill Walt because he did so many things to deceive him and pretend he was not responsible for the reasons Jesse wanted him dead. Yet, if he were to realize what Walt did, I'm sure he would be right back there pointing the gun to his head again. It could be only a matter of time before Jesse finds out that Walt actually did poison Brock, which could be the end of all of this. The watch ticks at the end, and we don't know what it is counting down to, but I think the one thing we do know, is that reign of King Walt, is likely going to crash and come to an end in some way, the only question now is why and/or how.