A Comprehensive Guide to Breaking Bad Finale Theories

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When AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad ended the first half of its fifth season last month, it was announced that fans would have to wait an entire year to resume watching the final season of the series. With a final cliffhanger that rivaled the famous “Who Shot J.R.?“ campaign from the TV show Dallas, fans were left in disbelief as to what the future of Heisenberg and Walter White would be. However, with a fan base as bright as Breaking Bad’s, the year wait will provide a prime opportunity for predicting the ending of the show until it reconvenes in Summer 2013. Here are some of my favorite theories for the ending of the show so far.

Ending scene replicates the Pilot episode: 

At the beginning of the pilot episode of the series, main character Walter White makes a desperate and emotional video to his wife and son, fearing he is about to get caught after hearing what he believes to be police sirens in the distance. He says goodbye and prepares to make a Scarface-esque last stand with the cops. However, it turns out the sirens were of the fire department, who ride right past Walter to answer a separate call. The ending scene of the series could be reminiscent of this moment. Walter White could pull out the video camera and record a sincere message to his family. Yet when he puts the camera down, Heisenberg, his meth cook alter ego, would be the one to die. Another potential aspect to the ending could be Walt’s failed suicide, which is also in the beginning of the pilot. In the last scene of the show, Walt could make the same attempt at his life and succeed. In the show, any character that has pointed a gun at Walt has ended up dead over the course of the show, excluding two characters. Those two characters are Jesse, who will be talked about later on, and Walt, who points a gun at himself at the beginning of the pilot about to commit suicide. If Walt were to kill himself at the end of the series, this would consolidate the pattern.


Jesse is killed by the ricin:

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The ricin poison has also been a theme that keeps re-appearing in the show. It even showed up in the last episode after Walt met with Lydia. He appears to have come to the meeting with the intent of killing her, but changes his mind and hides the ricin back at his house. As explained in the previous theory, every character that has pointed a gun at Walt has ended up dead except for Jesse and Walt himself. If the pattern were to continue, Jesse would inevitably end up dead. Since the ricin was initially given to Jesse, his death by the ricin could be a brutal reminder of what comes around goes around.


Jesse kills Walt:

Another pattern that has shown up in the show has been the spinning gun. In Season 4, Walt spins a gun on a table in his backyard and when it stops it is pointing at a Lily of the Valley plant in Walter’s garden. The same plant is used to poison Brock in a later episode. In the last episode, when Walt finally gives Jesse his last cut of the meth money, Jesse sits on the floor after Walt leaves and throws his gun. When it settles after sliding across the ground, the scene turns into an overhead shot and the gun is pointed at a beanbag chair in the corner of the room. If the show follows the lethal trend that it has established, Jesse could potentially use the chair in some way to kill Walt.


Walt Jr. becomes addicted to the blue meth:

The Walt Jr. character has been widely neglected this season, but there is a potential for a major development involving him. The most extreme circumstance would be that he becomes addicted to the blue meth. When he requested his name to be changed to Flynn during Season 2, it foreshadowed bad behavior on his part. This ended up with his arrest after attempting to bribe an off-duty police officer to buy him and his friends alcohol. During Season 3, when Walter Sr. moves out of the house, Flynn took on the name Walt Jr. again. However, in the past few episodes while staying at Hank and Marie’s house he appears to want to be called Flynn again. Due to his parent’s neglect for him while they handle the business, acting out wouldn’t be hard to imagine for Flynn.


Todd takes over the business:

When Todd was introduced this season, his character’s involvement in the meth business appeared to be little more than happenstance. However, after Jesse deserted Walt and got out of the business, Todd seemed primed to take Jesse’s spot. As Walt descended further into Heisenberg it was clear his judgment was becoming more and more impaired. Introducing Todd to his recipe and teaching him the ins and outs of the cooking process further consolidates this. It has been made clear this season that Todd has little to no common sense, and because of that could easily try and cross Walt. With the idea to start producing his own meth using Walt’s recipe, it wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to kill Walt or capitalize on the DEA chasing Walt to take over production of the blue meth. Todd has shown bad judgment as well as the fact that he has no problem killing others if they get in his way. He did that exact thing when he shot the little boy on the motorcycle who witnessed them robbing methylamine from the train. If Todd were to take the recipe for blue meth, he could work out a deal with the Mexican cartel to produce the meth for them. Todd’s furious note taking during the cooking process and the fact that he didn’t accept Walt’s money for his work supports this.

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