"End Times" Review
The episode starts with Walt ensuring his family’s protection. The best he can do at the moment is put them under the same roof - a roof being guarded by the DEA, of course. This works well, and is a best-case scenario after the disastrous conclusion of “Crawl Space.” Still, things are uneasy and we know that Walt’s not safe. He’s a dead man, and that knowledge makes “End Times” uncomfortable at times. Just hearing a car drive passed the White house makes Walt hide behind a curtain.
But then we’re given a new, out-of-nowhere plot point. Season 4 has been tragic enough so far, so I didn’t expect another dire circumstance to arise. But that’s the beauty of Breaking Bad: nothing ever goes according to plan. We find out that Andrea’s son, Brock, has been poisoned with the risin meant for Gus.
In a brilliant, frightening scene, Jesse confronts Walt, aiming a gun to his head. I like that Walt’s morality has become so twisted over the course of the series that Jesse has to question whether or not Walt would murder an innocent child. In the end, Jesse realizes that Gus is the culprit (I’m still questioning if that’s true… did he really know about the cigarette?) and decides it’s time for revenge. And Walt offers his assistance.
In a surprising move, Walt decides to use a car bomb against Gus. I loved the green shirt and the chemistry - it felt like a throwback to the early days of Breaking Bad. And staying true to the series’ roots, the worst happens. As Gus walks towards his car in the empty parking lot, he thinks about Jesse’s confrontation in the hospital chapel. Jesse hinted that Brock was poisoned, and who else but Walt would put that into Jesse’s head?
I suspect that’s what happened, at least. Gus is a bright man and even if he didn’t put all the clues together, I think a part of him just felt that something wasn’t right. Regardless, the plan backfires and “End Times” ends.
Yeah, I feel the same way. I want more.
Still, it was a great move to deliver a slower paced episode here as an appropriate lead-in to next week’s finale. God knows, things have been tense enough on Breaking Bad, and I can’t wait to see the final “Face Off” next week. Where are you placing your bets? Will Gus be killed? By whom? Walt or Jesse? I hope it’s Marie. She needs an emotional outlet.
As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments!