AMC's dark drama "Breaking Bad" returned to television last night, Aug. 11, in the first episode of the second part of the last season, entitled "Blood Money." The highly-anticipated episode showed what the future holds for Walter White, and provided some answers to long-standing cliffhangers. Beware of spoilers below.
"Blood Money" begins with a telling flash-forward. We see Walter's house empty, indicating that he's been forced out, with telling graffiti. "Heisenberg" is spray-painted across the living room wall. So it seems that at some point he was been publically identified by the moniker of the infamous drug kingpin.
Jesse and Walter's strained relationship is strained even further in this episode. Walt tries to tell Jesse he's out of the crystal meth game and moving forward. He recommends Jesse does the same.
"Son, you need to stop focusing on the darkness behind you. The past is the past. Nothing can change what we've done, but now, that's over. You're out, and so am I," Walt says to Jesse. But not being able to change the past isn't a particularly helpful point for Jesse. The past weighs heavily on his conscience.
But perhaps the most powerful point of "Blood Money" occurs at the end, in a showdown between Hank and Walt. It was satisfying to see the confrontation right away, instead of having to wait several episodes. Hank comes in strong and accuses Walt straight out.
"It was you. All along, it was you. You drove into traffic to keep me from that laundry. That call I got, telling me Marie was in the hospital? That wasn't Pinkman. You had my cell number. You killed 10 witnesses to save your sorry a--. You bombed a nursing home. Heisenberg? Heisenberg! You two-faced sack of s---! I will put you under the jail," Hank yelled furiously.
Walt responded almost without emotion, seemingly unaffected by Hank. Walt cites his returning cancer as a counter to Hank.
"In six months you won't have anyone to prosecute. I will never see the inside of a jail cell. I am a dying man who runs a car wash. What's the point?" Walt said in response.
It's unlikely that Hank will back off or let Walt's returning cancer deter him, as he is a particularly strong-willed DEA agent. But it does seems as if the final season of "Breaking Bad" will be full of action and emotion.