Breaking Bad Series Finale: Can Walter White Be Redeemed?
During Breaking Bad Season 5, Episode 14: "Ozymandias," we couldn't help but feel like the writers were trying to remind us why we once found it easy to root for Walter White — and believe us when we say we haven't found him sympathetic in seasons. But are they really setting up a redemption arc, or is Walter too far gone to ever crawl back towards the light?
The episode opened with a flashback to the early days of Walt's mad meth plan, when it was just Walter, Jesse, the RV, and Walt's tighty-whities. Aside from a baby-napping incident and
a final twist of the screw to Jesse, the Walt we got in this episode was one who really did seem to care about his family. He was willing to bargain his fortune to save Hank's life, he was devastated when he realized he's lost his family for good. If anything, right now it looks like the final two episodes might involve Walt taking down Jack's White Power gang to save his family and/or Jesse from their wrath.
Can that really be right, though? Despite this episode's emphasis on Walt's better side, it wasn't all Kumbaya and roses. He let Jack and co. take Jesse to be tortured, and he had a literal knife-fight with Skyler (though she started it). Was it really setting up a finale where we'll see a bit of Walt's good side again, or was his desperation to keep his family together just a final reminder of who he once was before we head into a last bloodbath driven by ego and greed?
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Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!