What did you learn from Breaking Bad

We're watching Breaking Bad - Season 5, Episode 7

“Everybody wins”, Walter promised generously at the end of the last episode. It should be clear to fans by now that AMC's Breaking Bad always knows more losers than winners. “Say My Name” is still quality TV at its best.

No, the girl band Destiny's Child does not have a surprising guest appearance in the current episode of AMC's hit series Breaking Bad. Even if Jesse (Aaron Paul) could possibly even afford a private appearance by Miss Beyoncé Knowles for his next birthday with the five million dollars that the planned methylamine deal is supposed to bring him. But in Say my name only one person gets his well-deserved severance payment and he can't really enjoy the green bills for a long time. Whether everyone wins in this episode, as Walter (Bryan Cranston) promised last week, you can again in our recap for the seventh Breaking Bad episode Say my name read up.

What is happening
Without knowing the whereabouts of the 1000 gallons of methylamine, Mike (Jonathan Banks) has no choice but to let Walter negotiate personally with the potential buyers. In fact, Walt can impress the competition with his high-quality product and thus finds a new distribution partner for his planned empire. Of his two original partners Jesse and Mike, however, he only pays the latter. While Mike is busy securing the future of his granddaughter and the families of his former employees with his five million dollars, in order to then make a quiet life as a swing-swinging grandfather, Heisenberg tries one last time to get his old protégé Jesse back on board . However, he prefers to forego all the money in the world than to cook for a minute longer with the man he has now obviously recognized as the monster his former chemistry teacher Mr. White has become. Fittingly, Jesse's child murderer Todd (Jesse Plemons) takes his place, against whose scientific knowledge Jesse's knowledge might seem like that of a Marie Curie.

The three former business partners are brought together again by the never-getting tired Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), who this time backed the right horse with Mike after his surveillance bankruptcy. When Mike's attorney, Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada), is caught by Hank's right-hand man with too much cash (what a grin!), He evidently returns to his belief in American law and voluntarily delivers Mike to the DEA out. For the second time, deprived of a considerable amount of money, the ex-hitman and ex-cop meanwhile goes on the run. All that's left for him is that Outwith one last need of Walt's help. The meeting, which is supposed to secure Mike's freedom, ultimately leads to his end ...

All Hail the King
Is there actually still someone among you here who fully supports the figure of Walter White and hopes for his success? If so, the person should give serious thought to their morals, because at this point they are supporting a sociopath and egomaniac of the first order. The beginning protagonist of Breaking Bad is now something like the classic himself Big Bad, become the villain of the season, for whose demise the viewer looks forward to.

The meeting with crew boss Declan (Louis Ferreira) in the desert degenerates into a unique power trip of the self-proclaimed Kingpin with the code name Heisenberg. Not only is he inappropriately proud of the quality of his deadly product, but the murder of Gus now serves Walt as a legitimate means of gaining respect. As if the murder committed were an award that Walt would love to wear proudly on his chest around the clock. The fact that everyone then actually knows who the legendary Heisenberg is and that Walt can finally come out as this is the icing on the cake that you would like to have your estranged wife bake for your birthday. In addition, Jesse is again the victim of Heisenberg’s psychological terror, as Walt advertises him as an important part of the company and thus indirectly wants to force the dropout to stay in business. One more time cold-openingwhich truly deserves its name. When Walt finally got his counterpart to say his (new) name and Bryan Cranston the words You're god damn right! formally pressed out, the hairs on the back of the neck of many a viewer may have stood up. This man didn't win three Emmys in a row for nothing. After the current episode at the latest, he should also be on the upcoming nomination list.

Despite the successfully concluded deal in the desert, Walt has to learn very quickly that his words no longer sound like music in the ears of everyone around him. Walt takes Mike's departure more or less as an insult. Already here the later confrontation of the two characters begins. It was always Mike who held up the mirror to Walter when he did not want to recognize his own mistakes and when he refused to thank or apologize to Walt, Heisenberg had to put the garage door between himself and his ex in an effective setting -Bring partners so as not to let your inner anger run free. Nevertheless, Mike's departure from the operation is factored in, after all, his tasks will be taken over by the crew from Phoenix in the future. Much worse affects the meth chef the fact that his sous-chef has finally learned to see through his web of lies and psychological tricks. This is exactly why it seems so pathetic when Walter tries within a few minutes to get Jesse to continue working with him with praise, offers, allegations and finally threats. But when he no longer reacts to any of the irritating topics and leaves the apparent puppeteer perplexed, he has lost a large part of his power at the same time.

When Walter realizes that he has found a not particularly capable, but extremely loyal new partner in Todd, his level of frustration drops briefly, only to reach dangerous heights in the final confrontation of the episode. Mike, of all people, the professional, the dropout, who is tragically unable to say goodbye to his granddaughter in a heartbreaking scene, bursts his collar and rightly blames the megalomaniac Walter for his current misery. For a brief moment, Walt looks completely impotent as he stands there, without a bag, without the names of Mike's employees, only with allegations that weigh on him (just like before with Jesse). And once again he makes a fatal decision, only to regret it after a few seconds this time. When he remembers Lydia, who also knows the names of these people, Walt's rationalization tactics suddenly no longer work. From one moment to the next the old, insecure Walter White comes through again in this scene, who even apologizes for his act. Walt's realization together with the impressive landscape ultimately give Mike's death an ambivalent, almost Shakespearean dimension. Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmanntraut (RIP) - my second Emmy candidate for this year.

Family relationships
Little new on the Skyler front. Walt's still wife (Anna Gunn) continues to sip her wine calmly and is not impressed by Walt's small talk tactics over dinner. But what does this brief change of glance between Jesse and Miss White in the car wash mean? Could a new anti-Heisenberg alliance be formed here after Mike's departure? Both Skyler and Jesse are likely to have had enough fantasies of revenge against Walt.

It seems as if the family issue takes a back seat in some episodes due to the time pressure the makers are under (only 9 episodes). Too bad, I wouldn't have had anything against a season 6 and more Walt Jr. in the muscle car.

Breaking Bad as an audiovisual drug trip
The meth cooking montage (music: Goin ’down by The Monkees) with Walt and Todd unfortunately didn’t have the virtuosity for a long time as it did in Hazard Pay. But probably that was exactly the point. After all, this first attempt at collaboration between Walt and Todd may have felt more like a chemistry lesson than a Nobel Prize experiment. To compensate, there was the jazzy bank sequence with Mike's lawyer. Hach, fiddling around with $ 10,000 bundles must be a lot of fun.

Quote of the week
Shut the fuck up! Let me die in peace. - Mike

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