If you aren’t current on ‘Breaking Bad‘, you might want to wait until you are before reading this. Also, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? THIS SHOW IS AMAZING.
As season 4 of Breaking Bad races to a close, we are left with a feeling that there will be a fair amount of blood shed not only in Sunday’s season finale, but in the subsequent 16 episodes, which are to be split over two truncated seasons.
With the expectation of death and mayhem right around the corner, it’s hard to know who to throw your weight behind in this free-for-all. In a show this gray, there are no audience favorites, as allegiances change as quickly as the characters themselves do. So, rather than track the evolution of these characters to see where and how they end up (if they make it through the next episode), let’s take a look at where they all stand right now to figure out who we want to live and who we want to die. Let’s get going. We don’t have much time before Sunday’s finale
Saul’s been a very nice spice used throughout the show, a very unexpected voice of reason and advice to both Jesse and Walt. Remarkably in his line of work, he hasn’t screwed any of them over and has stayed true to his word when no one else has. Despite having teetered on the verge of becoming drug kingpins, Walt and Jesse still rely heavily on Saul for his criminal connections.
Beyond Saul’s practical applications, he’s hilarious. A sleazy lawyer who flirts with the stereotype without becoming a caricature. Does Saul deserve to die? Maybe. But I hope he doesn’t.
Unequivocally, the one guy that does not deserve to die is Hank. Sure, he started off the season as a miserable, self-pitying bastard, but it fortunately proved to be a brief phase as he found renewed purpose and satisfaction from his calling, even if it meant going rogue for the second half of the season.
He’s been both friend and family to many on the show, even suffering through Walt’s…well, just suffering through Walt. He’s a dork, but he’s proven to be killer detective with more than a little courage and determination. Sure, it might prove to be his downfall, but he’s the one principal on this show that doesn’t deserve to die for one reason or another.
Jesse seems to be the only character that is learning from his mistakes on this show. Granted, he’s had a lot of help from virtually every character in doing so, but while everyone else seems boxed in by the decisions they’ve made, Jesse seems to (at least for now) control his own destiny. His arc has taken him from an ineloquent child to a still-ineloquent professional criminal with a moral code superior to anyone else’s on Breaking Bad.
Let’s get beyond the fact that Mike is pretty much the only likable guy on the show. Even if it wasn’t for that fact, Mike does most of the heavy lifting, so we keep following Mike for the action and the inherent comic relief that follows. That’s not to say that criminal activity would stop if Mike was rubbed out, but the little asides with Mike’s errands always to me feel like their own little vignettes. Like “The Adventures of Mike and the Asian Couple Held Hostage” or “Mike Vs. The Two Men Hijacking the Truck.”
Additionally, Mike is a free agent, so there’s no way on knowing what his allegiances are, beyond the almighty dollar. As long as Mike’s in play, you never know if he’ll be representing Saul, Jesse, Gus, Walt, or maybe even his own interests, though we have little to know idea what those could be. As the power shifts, a big piece of the puzzle is “Who gets Mike?” so I’m in no hurry to see him go away.
And, as I said, he’s pretty much the only likable guy on the show.
Gus’ presence on the show is indicative of the masterful restraint that allow Breaking Bad to pull us back and forth like so many willful marionettes. I don’t want Gus to die due to this fact, but I feel like Gus must for the show to make its next evolution. He’s put himself in a situation which, barring some sort of crazy-unforeseen diplomatic action, will result in either his death or the deaths of Walt or Hank. Since I like Hank, and am hoping that lung cancer eventually does in our protagonist, that leaves Gus on the chopping block. He’s had a hell of a run, but it’s pretty clear that he’s painted himself into a corner.
Now, I don’t out-and-out hate Tyrus. I like his silent presence in so many scenes, in fact. But I want blood, dammit. Lots of blood. And since there are a few people who I badly want to see through this mess, that leaves a few on the bubble. Tyrus is a bubble boy. I’ve spent the past five minutes debating whether or not it’s illogical to want Tyrus dead because he seems to lack compassion. Does Gus lack compassion? Do Walt or Mike? I think they do. But so far, Tyrus has been little more than a robot without Mike’s charm or even his gruff demeanor.
If I don’t care if he lives or dies, that means I want him to die.
Does she deserve to die? I can safely say that, yes, she is so annoying that she deserves to die. While she has proven herself more helpful during Hank’s incapacitation, I can’t just let go of the stink she made over the whole “Walt smoking weed” theory in season one. It was downright painful. Further, she’s a thief. Granted she only steals stupid things like tiaras and vacation photos from open houses, but that’s somehow worse in my book. Because it’s just so damn annoying.
She’s in harm’s way just being close to Hank, so I’m prepared to see her taken as leverage. Then shot twice in the head.
That’s right. I want Walt’s baby girl to die. Not for the shock value of it all (though it would probably be the most shocking moment of television ever), but because Breaking Bad CAN do this. Gus is a stone cold animal, and he’s proven himself capable of killing children, or anyone who gets in his way, before. Holly hasn’t contributed shit to the show, Gus caused Walt to miss her birth, so her untimely death would serve as a very fitting bookend to this era of Walt’s life, making both he and Skyler victims of their own bad decisions.
Only then will the bad truly be “broken.”
I have no idea what that means, but it makes for a nice little bow on the piece, doesn’t it?