Now that we’ve all gotten the collective “Holy shit! Holy shit!” out of the way… WOW. What was looking to be a rather weak episode (what was I thinking? This is Breaking Bad!) turned out to be one hell of a cliffhanger.
a) If you’re wondering if Hank or his partner live… the odds are slim. Not only bc a group of about eight Neo-Nazis with guns aren’t going to miss… but because their deaths move the storyline in the way it is supposed to go. It all makes sense now — story-wise — why the writers had Hank avoid telling any higher-up’s about Walt (a move that many online questionned, including one attorney who wrote an entire article about this baffling error, noting how Hank DID in fact have enough evidence to present his case). The fact that Hank didn’t tell anyone… and that his partner likely hasn’t told anyone either… means…
the revelation dies with them.
Alternatively, if Hank and/or his partner DON’T DIE, what happens? The final 3 episodes are some sort of “Walt in prison”/Law-and-Order type of conclusion? No way. Not this show. It was never meant to end that way and it won’t, thankfully.
Of course it’s all so Shakespearean — just as Hank FINALLY prevails, just as he makes the emotional call to Marie… it all unravels.
So, my bet is that Todd’s uncle’s crew kills Hank and his partner — Jesse will live.
b) Other points: Does anyone understand my disdain for Jesse, FINALLY? A little rat, at the end of the day, who was always the loose cannon, whom Walt always had to bail out, who DRASTICALLY overreacted, and who went running to involve the authorities (“like a little bitch,” as he or Skinny Pete would say). Meh.
When Hank bellows: “Walt, come out!”, did anyone think Walt was going to pull the gun on himself? I did. (Pretty sure I stopped breathing for a few seconds.)
Lydia. Ugggghhh. I’ve said it before — I think Lydia is the one who gets away and with all the money. There is a certain tragic — and realistic — angle to that conclusion. The banality of it is simply reflective of real-life: how the latecomer, mundane, brought-nothing-to-the-table character may be the one who ends up with it all.