Aug 19 2013
As Walter White’s life starts to unravel, so do the lives of everyone else around him. This week we focused on the show’s favorite punching bag, Skyler, who despite being a much reviled character over the years, is integral to how everything is going to play out between Walt and Hank from here on out.
After their showdown in their garage, both Hank and Walt’s immediate reaction is to call Skyler. Hank gets to her first, and she goes to meet him at a diner. Hank, thinking this is all very cut and dry, wants to get admissible testimony from Skyler on the spot, while Skyler is suddenly realizing she could be in a very large amount of trouble herself.
I spent this entire episode trying to figure out what the hell Skyler was thinking, and by the end, I still didn’t have any idea. I don’t know what was going through her head in any of these scenes. At first, I thought that she was simply scared that she could get in trouble for aiding Walt in his criminal enterprises. Yes, she’s committed a laundry list of crimes herself, but isn’t it fairly obvious she could get immunity for testifying against Walt and turning over everything she knows? He would go away, and she could live in witness protection with her family, or something similar. Hasn’t this been what she’s essentially wanted all along?
Then I thought that maybe she was just so scared of Walt himself, that she didn’t want to turn against him for fear he may have her killed. That’s a good reason I suppose, until you question the fact that if that was the case, why did she agree to meet Hank in the first place? By ducking Walt’s calls and bailing on the car wash, that sent a very obvious signal to Walt was she was doing, so fear can’t really be a motivator.
Then…she loves him? I was incredibly confused by where we ended the night, with her saying things like “we should lay low.” Is she genuinely siding with Walt here even as the game is obviously up? And how does that jive with her past character progression where she’s wanted Walt dead and/or gone for a good long while now?
So really, none of these make sense. If she’s concerned about her own safety and the safety of her kids, her best bet would obviously be to throw her lot in with Hank, and get herself and her family somewhere secure. Her testimony could have Walt behind bars immediately, but now the situation she’s put herself in is the worst of both worlds. She’s being uncooperative with Hank and Marie, but Walt is already assuming she’s made a deal with them. What the hell is she thinking?
Hank, meanwhile, is being more rational. He recognizes the fact that once he brings this to his colleagues, his career is over. To do so he needs hard proof of Walt’s guilt so that once he is let go, at least he can be the one who finally took down Heisenberg. I respect his line of thought here, even if he is putting himself at risk by sharing this knowledge between only himself and Marie. Risky, considering how many people Walt has killed/ has ordered killed.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the night was Walt outright rejecting the idea of killing Hank as a solution to his most recent problem. I think we view him as such a monster now, it’s almost strange to see him actually not considering murder as an option, when I thought it would be a given. But “family is family” which theoretically means Hank, Marie and Skyler are safe. But I have a hunch this season is going to be all about getting Walt to break that rule.
There was death in the air, as Lydia had Todd’s uncle’s neo-Nazi crew take out the crappy meth cookers who had taken over for Walt and made the quality of the batches go to shit. So, what exactly is the plan here? Master Chef Todd who had cooked a handful of times with WW is now going to take over things? What could go wrong? I’m wondering how the current handling of the meth business will play into Walt’s new situation, as the two seem rather disjointed at present, but I guess that may change.
The episode concluded with Hank about to interrogate Jesse, who was caught by the police (how exactly? did he turn himself in?) for throwing millions of dollars out of his car into a neighborhood. That kind of cash only comes from serious drug connections, and Hank has likely pieced together that Jesse worked with Walt in some capacity. I have no earthly idea why Jesse wouldn’t want to turn on Walt at this point, as his current state of deep depression as a result of Mike and motocross kid’s death is directly tied to his former boss. Granted, he hates Hank, so that’s a bit of a hurdle, but if he has nothing else to live for, why not try to take down Walt? Perhaps Jesse will be more valuable to Hank than Skyler. Honestly, he’s the only character I really hope makes it out of this alive, which probably means he won’t.
Tense. Tense. Tense. These last few episodes are proving to be worth the wait. See you next week.
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