Who can forget that massive pile of money Skyler had stashed in the storage unit? With the final eight episodes looming, it’s hard not to speculate what might become of it all. I can think of only a handful of possible scenarios, although the writers could very easily have yet another unforeseeable twist up their sleeves.
If Vince Gilligan and crew decide to go the most obvious route, the DEA will find out about the storage unit once Hank sets his men on Walt’s trail. After all, it took little effort for them to track down the safe deposit boxes used to pay off Mike’s men, and although Skyler is shrewd when it comes to finances, she might not be able to erase every piece of the paper trail. Regardless of who ends up arrested or dead, the DEA agents will likely find their venture even more profitable than they could have imagined.
It’s possible that Skyler will find a way to set up the kids with college funds, but unless she has the money stashed under an untraceable false identity (or decides to bury it somewhere far out in the desert before the arrest warrants are issued), it is likely that neither will see a dime of it. There will be no question as to where Walt found the funds to buy two brand new sports cars, not to mention the money to pay for Hank’s rehabilitation, and as a result, the agents will keep digging until they find all of it.
There’s also always the possibility that Walt will remove as much as he can carry before going on the run. He does pay a large sum of cash for a small arsenal in “Gliding Over All,” and it’s not entirely impossible that Skyler and the kids end up on the run as well—with their own duffel bags stuffed full of money. Still, it doesn’t seem likely.
If the writers cannot find a way put the money in Walt Jr. and Holly’s hands, I would like to see them go for the most unexpected of outcomes. I think it would be as satisfying as it would be twisted to see Walt and Skyler both taken out of the picture—either in police custody or dead—and for the storage unit to go unpaid long enough for it to go to auction. How ironic would it be to see an uncountable mountain of money unpaid for and some nobody stumbling into instant wealth for a meager few hundred dollars?
What do you think will happen to it? Where would you have it go if it were up to you?
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.