We’re all anticipating the final episodes of Breaking Bad. Knowing we still have months ahead of us is nothing short of torturous. Still, we can discuss the series, where the characters have gone, and where we think they’re going while we wait. I’ve been thinking a lot about that first scene in Season 5, Episode 1, “Live Free or Die,” in which Walt spends a significant amount of money (a drop in the bucket, however, compared to the treasure trove in the storage unit) to buy a small arsenal of weapons. He has clearly obtained a fake I.D. and is obviously on the run.
What could possibly have put him in such a desperate place?
We know from the mid-season cliffhanger that Hank is on to Walt. The look on his face when he realizes the connection between Walt and Gale is priceless. We know that what is to follow can’t be good, and right now, the only thing we can do is speculate on just how bad it’s going to be. I’ve thought quite a bit about the possibilities, and here are what I think are the most likely:
Scenario #1: Hank isn’t smart enough to outwit Walt and ends up dead.
In this possible outcome, Walt would be on the run after a hasty murder of his brother-in-law. Hank knows who he’s dealing with now, but is he sharp enough to keep one step ahead of the brilliant mastermind who’s grown to become the great Heisenberg? If Walt doesn’t kill Hank in this scenario, he will end up killing Marie to cripple Hank—as I predicted a possibility in my recent article, “Who Will Get the Ricin?”
Scenario #2: Skyler turns on Walt and all hell breaks loose.
In this possible storyline, Skyler does what only few people have predicted: she stands up to Walt and puts him on the run. Whether or not she ends up dead as a result is anyone’s guess, but she has shown signs in previous episodes that she would be willing to do anything to protect her children from the criminal Walt has become—even die for them. If it comes down to the two of them, will Walt have the final word? Will he trick her back into complacency, only to strike back when she least expects it? Will a heated argument over Walt’s vast visions of empire mark the beginning of the end?
Scenario #3: Thugs from the past prove Walt’s demise.
Might Todd’s connections—or possibly an heir to murdered Cartel members—find out just how wealthy Walt has become and put his life on the line for his fortune? In the opening scene in “Live Free or Die,” Walt clearly has nothing left to lose; might his family end up caught in a deadly crossfire that sends him on the run? Might Jesse finally decide enough is enough and try to put an end to the madness? (And if so, will Jesse survive it?)
No matter what happens (possibly even a combination of all of the scenarios listed above?) there will be a death toll. Who do you think will end up the casualties in Walt’s wake?
Leigh M. Lane is a speculative fiction author whose works span from sci-fi to horror. Her most recent full-length works are The Hidden Valley Horror, Finding Poe, World-Mart, and Myths of Gods. For more about her work, go to her website at http://www.cerebralwriter.com.