Breaking Bad: Last Predictions for the Last Season

Posted by Greg Akers on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

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I've done this once already. Most of my theories have been disproven — many of them in the very first episode of the season.

But that doesn't mean I'm not conceited enough to think that, once again, I've got this whole thing figured out. What's the end game for Breaking Bad? Don't ready further unless you want to know exactly how it will* unfold.

*probably won't

Spoilers if you aren't 100% current on episodes:

The most audacious thing about this season is that every episode is picking up immediately where the last one dropped off. How many days have gone by this season (not counting the flash forward at the beginning of the season's opening)? Less than a week, right? Rather than methodically executing an inexorable, drawn out end to the show, the season is is sprinting to the finish, plot-wise — however no less inexorable and painful to watch.

Each episode pulls the trigger on some long-delayed moment, most of it having to do with characters confronting each other at last in full awareness of what the other is capable of. Marie (Betsy Brandt) has been the MVP of the season. She's gotten arguably the two best scenes of the season: the confrontation with Skyler and suggesting Walt kill himself. A lot of this last stretch of episodes has been about how Marie has reacted to this news. Long a sidelined character, Marie has taken a central role in proceedings.

I think Marie plays a major role in the rest of this. More on that in a moment.

Hank and Jesse got their ultimate moment of victory, as Walt is Mirandized and handcuffed. At least we got to see that.

Here's what I think happens next.

The next episode picks up, once again, immediately where the previous left off. Gomie and Hank are killed. They take out a couple of the Neo-Nazis in the process, including Todd. Jesse has escaped into the desert. Uncle Jack seizes Walt and, since he needs a new cook, impresses him into service.

At some point, Marie finds out Hank is dead. Maybe Jesse tells her? When Marie hears, she goes to the White house and kills Skyler, or plans on killing her but finds Skyler already having killed herself (knowing that Hank is dead because of her own decisions to keep Walt from turning himself in.) I'm leaning toward the former. I would believe it if Marie killed Skyler.

Mixed in with the Neo-Nazis' need for Walt to cook is some leverage to make him do it. Walt's family would be a good bargaining chip. Does Walt Jr. get abducted/killed somehow in all this?

The season continues on a minute-by-minute basis, until it reaches a terminus and jumps ahead months to the flash forward scene where Walt buys the gun.

Walt's giant gun is to get ultimate revenge on Uncle Jack and the Nazis. He does it to even the score.

Then, when he has killed the Neo-Nazis who decimated his family, Walt smokes the Ricin cigarette to kill himself. Because everything/everyone is gone: family all dead or he's dead to them at least, money's gone. And he does it because he finally accepts responsibility that he puts off on everyone else, always. Calling Jesse a coward was the height of irony, considering Walt wouldn't try to kill Jesse himself.

And the last, crucial irony I predict: It's months later because Walt is beating the cancer again. He's still alive many months later. He smokes the cigarette to kill himself because the cancer couldn't, but he doesn't want to live anymore.


I've got some giant holes I can't figure out. What's Jesse's final fate? I thought there was no way he could live, but, strangely, now that he's in the midst of that desert shootout, I like his chances more than I have in a long time.

What happens to the money? It would be kind of lovely if it never gets dug up. Does Saul, Huell, and Kuby reunite in time for the TV spinoff? What about Lydia and the Euro drug dealers? Do they get in the middle of all this? Baby Holly becomes a ward of the state?

Three episodes to go. Next week's, titled "Ozymandias," is directed by Rian Johnson. Is it premature and foolish to say it will be the best episode in the entire series?

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Nice! Or does Jesse live and Walt lets the Nazis take Jesse as their cook because Todd is dead, and Walt still doesnt have the heart to kill Jesse? (Walt moves the money and buries all the dead in the hole,when the Nazis leave) is the big gun in the flash forwad for the DEA because Marie tells them everything and they still want Heisenberg and revenge for Hank and Gomez? Does Marie kill Skyler and then herself?

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Posted by Captain Cook on 09/09/2013 at 4:17 PM

My head was buried in couch cushions watching this last episode. I think Hank & Gomie get killed. The arians are about to kill Jesse but instead they take Jesse to cook for them Walt & family relocate-he comes back in the end Bc his cancers going to get him-trades himself for Jesse, but takes the ricin right before so the "blue meth" dies with Walt...selfless & selfish at the same time which fits with the overall theme of the show. Oh and Marie, grief stricken, kills herself.

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Posted by Sharilyn Boivin Patterson on 09/09/2013 at 6:42 PM

Marie does not kill Skyler.

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Posted by Really? on 09/09/2013 at 10:54 PM

The Nazis kill, or disarm, Hank and Gomez, and then they decide either Jessie or Walt could help them cook, and Jessie is less of a hot head, so they're ready to kill Walt (they ignored his plea not to come), and Walt gives up the money in exchange for his life. It takes them a while to dig it up, since they didn't bring tools, and after a while Marie gets concerned, calls DEA, and they track somebody's phone and show up in the desert.

That's my guess, and is it possible the big gun in the flash forward is one of the guns from the shootout? I don't think it's Gomez's...

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Posted by Bob Main on 09/10/2013 at 1:02 AM

I think from the next episode until the end of the show the Neo Nazi gang will become Walt's main enemy. Hank and Jesse had their moment of glory when they outsmarted and handcuffed Walt but i see them (or Jesse at least) working together now. The DEA case against Walt either dies there with the death of Hank and Gomez or if Hank survives he is kidnapped by the gang. If Hank dies it effectively ruins all relations with Walt's family as Marie and Skyler will never forgive Walt and Jr will be distraught and will come to learn the truth about his father. I do think Todd gets killed during the shootout which will make them desperate for a cook. This then leads them to take either Jesse, Walt or both of them hostage.

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Posted by Rom on 09/10/2013 at 9:20 AM

There is no ricin cigarette, only a vial of ricin.

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Posted by Seth Tornow on 09/10/2013 at 9:44 AM

My going out on a limb prediction is that Walt comes back to save Jesse from the Nazi's, who make Jesse be their new cook (Walt possibly gives them Jesse at first, but then changes his mind a year down the road for whatever reason.)

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Posted by Seth Tornow on 09/10/2013 at 9:48 AM

I would think that Walt would just shoot himself before poisoning himself. Seems easier. So not sure what the ricin will be used for.

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Posted by Seth Tornow on 09/10/2013 at 9:49 AM

Great point, Seth. In my mind it's been a ricin cigarette, but you're right, it's a vial. Does Walt Jr. accidentally sprinkle it on his breakfast cereal, thinking it's sugar? (That's a joke, not a prediction.)

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Posted by Greg Akers on 09/10/2013 at 10:38 AM

There was a scene shown with Walt getting attacked in jail in the previews before the last 8 episodes so you couldn't be right

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Posted by Brandon Portney on 09/10/2013 at 11:56 AM

Did anyone else find it kinda ridiculous that the auto-weapons assault delivered by the Neo's didn't appear to hit either Hank or Gomey, who were standing out in the open? Really? Turn in your NN card, dudes.

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Posted by mejjep on 09/10/2013 at 12:28 PM

I found it supremely ridiculous. I will be very disappointed (not because I want Hank to die, but for realism sake) if Hank and/or Gomie make it out of there alive. Also, is it just me, or has Heisenberg already died? I think that we now see Walt again every time we look at this man on screen. His screaming at Hank and then Jack from the car almost made me feel as gut wrenchingly sorry for him as I did at the end of "Crawl Space"

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Posted by Seth Tornow on 09/10/2013 at 12:57 PM

I found it supremely ridiculous. I will be very disappointed if Hank and Gomie make it out alive. Not because I want them dead, but for the sake of realism.

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Posted by Seth Tornow on 09/10/2013 at 1:01 PM

Todd doesnt die because they wouldn't have bothered with that semi smoldering scene between him and Lydia - the lipstick on the coffee cup that he traces with his finger. Somehow, a romantic relationship between them will be pivitol to how things go down. I predict that the Czech buyers will be involved somehow...ricin put in the meth poisons that whole market, czechs look for revenge?

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Posted by 3bears on 09/10/2013 at 1:09 PM

I don't see the "Todd/Lydia" thing progressing. He's just way too far out of her league. I think it was just a moment of "wishful thinking" on Todd's part. And if Todd survives the onslaught, I don't see him cooking if either Walt or Jesse are around.

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Posted by mejjep on 09/10/2013 at 2:22 PM

It would be odd to make the final confrontation be with secondary characters (Todd and the Aryans). They may serve as a catalyst for bring Walt and Jesse back together in a tentative alliance, but if the show ends with a confrontation with those guys, it would seem out of place to me.

Assuming Hank's dead - and he better be - the show pretty much has to end with the final resolution of the Walt/Jesse story, whatever that may be.

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Posted by Joey Hack on 09/10/2013 at 2:28 PM

Yes, hank and gomey are dead.. (unless the writers suddenly lost their balls) cuz if they get out alive, it will be reminiscent of every Ateam episode you've ever seen. 9 bad guys with assault rifles, the higher ground, and cover, are defeated by the good guys with a Beretta and a gauge. Not sure what else is next....but have a feeling Sol plays a part...

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Posted by Joseph Carreiro on 09/10/2013 at 4:37 PM

There is absolutely no way that Marie kills Skyler or that Holly dies. Holly will end up with Marie. Walt Jr. will end up dead, probably of a blue meth OD with Louis in a depression over the death if his mother and the disappearance of Walt Sr. Walt comes back to get revenge on Todd and the nazis for killing Skyler in an attempt to extort the recipe from him and In the process makes Jesse a hero for exposing the entire operation and bringing down blue meth and Lydia for good. Walt kills himself with the ricin after allowing Jesse to turn him in. The series ends with Marie tucking Holly safely into bed and Jesse, redemeed, knocking on his parents door and stepping into his father's embrace.

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Posted by Matthew Jordan on 09/10/2013 at 11:28 PM

My prediction:
In the final episodes, Gommie is killed and Hank is mortally wounded in the shootout. On his deathbed, Hank tells Marie about the trace on Walt’s phone as he dies, and she relays the info to the DEA. Walt is exposed and has to use Saul’s contact to move to New Hampshire before he can cook one last time for Todd’s uncle. A few months later, in New Hampshire, Todd’s uncle’s white supremacist network, whom have been looking for Walt for payback, start catching up to the White family. In the final episode, Walt returns to Albuquerque to kill Todd’s uncle. Walt succeeds in killing everyone except for Todd, who kills Walt in the series finale and is left to start his own empire.

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Posted by Homeslice06 on 09/11/2013 at 12:22 AM

I just don't see every last family member dying.

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Posted by Darin Z. Garcia on 09/11/2013 at 2:41 AM

Hank and Gomez will die at the beginning of the next episode and Todd will die towards the end when he tries to coerce Walt into coming back. Maybe by poisonous gas. Hank IMO is despicable for turning on Walt so I want him to die. I've come to hate both him and Marie, so I think Vince wanted us to hate them so that we'd be glad Hank died and Marie suffered his death.

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Posted by Oceana on 09/11/2013 at 5:59 PM

two of my thoughts: 1) Jessie had said regarding Walt "whatever you think is going to happen, the reverse opposite happens" (yes, double negative). That's why Jessie nixed the plaza meetup. But he proposed this alternate scenario to get Walt to the money. So don't you think that Jessie thought of a backup plan for this? He knew that Walt put a hit on him, and by calling Walt out to the desert and being there, wouldn't he think that Walt would have something planned to take out Jessie? And maybe Jessie wants Hank to be killed - after all Hank beat him up pretty bad. Yes, I think Jessie has something up his sleeve here.
2) secondly, is it possible the Nazis are NOT really trying to kill Hank and Gomie? Maybe disarm them by having them use all their bullets, tieing them up or sending them into the desert, and then Todd & Crew take and imprison Jessie and Walt, to cook for them.

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Posted by Betty on 09/12/2013 at 1:23 AM

A course correction on my prediction. I've been thinking and praying on this a lot, y'all.

I think Uncle Jack/Nazis die/get taken out of the picture, maybe in the desert. Maybe Walt kills them with poisonous gas. (I like your comment, Oceana, and agree Hank is complicit in his fate at this point, though I think hate is too strong a word, and Marie is still the most virtuous adult on the show.)

Without a cook, the Euros/Lydia come back in the picture to force Walt and maybe Jesse back into the business. They are the ones who knock on the door of the Whites and wreck things with finality. It's the Euros and Lydia that the big gun is for at the end.

Posted by Greg Akers on 09/12/2013 at 8:24 AM

The show has managed to fool us all along and the last episode was no exception. We *expect* that Hank was killed in the volley of gunfire, but the characters have relied on luck and intervention before and it will happen again.

Hank did seem to get behind the car to shield himself. (Maybe Gomez is doomed; he's sadly kinda expendable). I think there will be a cease-fire, and Walt will demand that the goons spare Hank and Jesse - or he won't cook for them. I just can't see Hank and Jesse being killed off with two episodes left. Walt *still* considers Hank as family and Jesse as a kid in over his head.

So the Aryans take Walt, and the last two episodes deal with, among other things, Walt's escape from them. And will he ultimately use the heavy artillery to wipe them out and then use the ricin on himself? Probably not! Because that's exactly what we expect, and this great show has been at least a step ahead all along.

Wishful thinking: A "few years later" epilogue where Jesse has become a high school teacher, advising smartass kids to wise up.

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Posted by Chip on 09/12/2013 at 9:18 AM

Don't forget Lydia's obsession with Stevia (the powdered sweetener). She pays the Nazi's, needs a cook, and probably would meet with Walt. Switching ricin with Stevia (a white powder) for a girl who's obsessed with drinking her hot herbal tea is a scene I've been waiting for....

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