How I think Breaking Bad will end
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In a previous article I stated that Breaking Bad was the greatest TV-series of all time, with The Wire running a close second.
Here follows is an almost certain explanation of what is going to happen in the finale, based on my own scientific analysis of hundreds of hours spent on the couch watching it.
What is Breaking Bad about? A dying and nutty chemistry teacher, gone troppo with power? Sure, but it's not the bones I want to hang my theory on.
Breaking Bad is a metaphor for the destructive power of addiction. Look at the evidence.
First, the show is about manufacturing crystal meth. This is the lynchpin. They say that the addict is either reaching for God, or the intoxicant, and until they have to close the gap between God and themselves by getting wasted. The God hole has to be filled with something.
Every character of any note in Breaking Bad is a bona-fide addict, and instead of reaching for God, they're reaching in some twisted way towards the crystal meth.
Jessie is a bona-fide meth-head, as are his pals. Walter cooks meth because he is addicted to the power it gives him. His wife is his co-dependent, addicted to being Walt's enabler. Hank is addicted to his job, trying to bust Walter. Interestingly, any characters in Breaking Bad who aren't addicts have already been killed.
What do we know about addiction? It takes everything from a person until there is nothing left, except the husk. Shrivelled, demented and broken, the drug fiend bottoms out.
Now any addict worth his salt knows one thing, until the drugs run out, the enabling stops, or they end up in prison or have another seismic catastrophe in their life, they can't reach bottom. And they can't reach bottom until they stop digging. Until they become sick and tired of being sick and tired, they continue to use - despite adverse consequences. All the hallmarks of addiction.
Every player on Breaking Bad has continued to chase the powder despite adverse consequences.
Now, at this stage in the show, Walter has become a metaphorical God to each and every player. He's the juice pumping the chemicals into the other characters' swollen veins.
But Walter has bottomed out. He has had his come-to-Jesus moment. His cancer has returned, and all the power, all the money, won't save him now, and he knows it. He has to save himself for a shot at redemption because as he says, hell is waiting for him.
Now suppose that Walter wants to save himself? If you're God, who can kill you? Only another God. Or yourself.
Enter his stash of ricin. It is the perfect way to end a show about addiction. The drug lord kills himself with metaphorical hemlock, like an evil Socrates in a modern-day Roman dudgeon. Resigned to his fate he realises that dying is just dying, but living in hell is for all eternity. And a coward dies a thousand deaths, and we know Walt's no coward.
By doing himself in, he can in one fall swoop, destroy the chain of addiction for the other players in his celestial orbit.
By destroying the chain, he compels the others to face their own addictions, and in doing so, cast them off, and by proxy, save himself.
There's one thing I can't quite work out though...why is he carrying around a sub-machine gun? Hey, every theory has its problems.
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