Walter White is Still a Douchey McDoucherson
Consider Us Officially (Maybe) Dunzo
This week showed me why I call Breaking Bad the best show on TV – if not the best show ever created. Because as much film freaks like me know about story, as much as we know about classic film and television and themes that carry across literature and make their mark on media – BB still manages to surprise a tired old lit-whore like me. I can maybe count on one hand the number of times that a film or show has actually caught me off guard with a story twist – BB blows all of those out of the water. For many of you that are reading this (because if my posts are anything, they’re a salon for the over-informed to wax their nerdity and go off about a show), movies, books and TV can sometimes be ruined due to the amount of classics we’ve read and watched, effectively spoiling every plot twist we’re ever going to see, like ever. To actually be surprised by a show is something that rarely happens to cinephiles and lit-snobs.
I watched the last ten minutes of “Dead Freight” with my jaw dangling on my Tufft pier table (making the coke snorting ritual of my BB viewings rather difficult) unable to process the awesomeness I saw before me. I thought after seeing the opening recap that the ever-helpful Todd would bite it trying to get off that train, only to be even more shocked and completely surprised when he took it upon himself to kill a child.
I’m going to forgo the usual full recap this week Lambkins, because it’s been utter madness at Arabella Manor. First we went to our favorite vacation spot, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, however when we found out they donate a portion of their profits to charity we promptly left. I got home and immediately watched last week’s episode on DVR to catch myself up but it was so late in the week I just decided to hold off and kill two dirt-bike boys with one stone and talk about our reactions to this new and um… improved? Walter.
When Vince Gilligan said in Rolling Stone a few weeks ago that Walter was the “New Scarface” I didn’t realize he was going to be taking that assessment so literally. What the hell is going on with Walter? I wrote a piece for HuffPo a few weeks back wondering if he was reaching the point of no return and I think I’ve sufficiently found the answer that yes, yes he is.
The cars he purchased for he and Jr. in “Fifty-One” are ridiculous and make him look shady. The watch he’s wearing from Jesse made Hank’s eyebrows raise a little when Walt visited him under false pretenses, feigning to be upset about the breakup of his marriage in order to plant bugs in Hank’s office. It was a ballsy move and he almost got caught.
And that’s what it seems his life has become. A succession of crazy schemes and decisions that show he’s lost almost all regard for human life – even the life of his own family. The man who initially got into this to provide for children he didn’t believe he’d be alive to see grow up has now thrown their safety out the window for the sake of keeping up appearances and the selfish need to keep them close to him. I’ve been bitching about Skyler’s attitude, fed up with her histrionics and desperately wanting this “new Skyler” to take a hike – but while her method of delivery is approaching harpy territory – her actual message is a valid one. Walt’s become reckless with no regard for consequences and he’s going to end up getting someone close to him killed. He’s so consumed with “being the king” and making as much money as he possibly can that he’s throwing the last vestiges of his humanity off a moving train. Literally, since this week he put everyone’s life in danger with that risky (but totally badass and awesome) train heist.
Is anyone else scratching their heads at Walter White this season like I am? I get that it’s ending and they need to go out with a bang, but Jesus. What the fuck happened to Walter? Gone is the family man, the caring man, the exhausted husband. He’s been replaced by a fucking douche bag and I don’t like it. Do I really mean that we’re done? Of course not – I can’t quit Walter White. None of us can quit Walter White, much like Skyler, I find him inescapable.