Well we've made it. The most anticipated TV event in my life since the turn of the century is upon us and I, for one, could not be more excited to see how it all ends. I'm not looking forward to the void that will be caused by Breaking Bad 's conclusion but I'm quite certain that there will be enough nonsense out there to help soften the blow. Here's one last set of pre-finale Breaking Bad fodder for your reading enjoyment:
This is a very quick way to get caught up on what we know and don't know heading into Felina.
The Huffington Post (which I still hate) talked to a variety of entertainment writers and asked them to opine on what they thought was going to happen Sunday night. Will Leitch and I agree on this:
"Who's the ricin for? It is safe to assume -- as safe as it is to predict anything on this show -- that the heavy weaponry is for Uncle Jack and his crew. But the ricin? The only person I can imagine Walt wanting to kill in a way that no one will think it was foul play is ... Lydia. Maybe he's protecting a financial pipeline to his family (though I doubt it), who knows, but there's no one he could kill whose death wouldn't prompt a "eh, they were a known criminal and/or an immediately family member obviously killed by Walt" left on the show except for Lydia. Anyone else he could just put a bullet in and confess. Lydia's the ricin. Definitely in her stupid tea too."
I like this one from Slashfilm's Germain Lussier:
"I think Walter will fulfill Gilligan's prophecy. I think he's going to mimic a scene from Scarface, load up that M60 machine gun and mow down Todd, Todd's uncle and the rest of his Nazi followers in a badass blaze of glory. He'll get shot and killed in the process, but in his dying moments he'll realize by killing all those men, he saved Jesse. Walt will die with his Heisenberg reputation intact and having saved the one person that truly knew him. It's the only kind of redemption that's possible and maybe the only kind that matters. "
Here's what Indiewire's Sam Adams thinks:
"I don't see how any gun is big enough to let Walt take out the entirety of Uncle Jack's neo-Nazi gang without getting killed himself, nor do I think the show will give him the satisfaction of going out in a blaze of glory. If the ricin's for anyone -- and I'm leaning towards' Margaret Lyons' theory that he may not use it at all -- it's for Uncle Jack, or perhaps Todd. (This is a man who, according to Vince Gilligan, managed to slip poison into a small child's juice box, so he can be stealthy when he needs to.) Since retiring from the meth business, Walt has made little if any use of the chemistry he's so good at, so it would be fitting for him to draw once more on the exceptional talent that laid the path for his downfall."
I could go on and on, but click the link above if you want more.
The Wall Street Journal offers up a suggestion as to how to ensure that Felina is a success.
The New York Daily News tries to get you caught up with this synopsis of what's happened and what's going to happen.
According to some theorists on Reddit, “Felina” would be better spelled out FeLiNa, as a reference to the chemicals iron (Fe), Lithium (Li) and Sodium (Na). These, user brtdud7 speculates, are key ingredients in blood, meth and tears respectively. In this theory, “Felina” may not refer to anything that happens in the episode proper, but instead to three things the show is full of.
This could be one of my favorite far fetched theories yet (from the International Business Times):
"[G]iven Walter White’s history of referencing famous scientists in the past, it might have some credence. Felina is a homonym for “Felinae,” the scientific classification for small cats, and Schrödinger’s Cat is the most scientific famous feline of all.
"Back in 1935, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger created a now-famous thought experiment to criticize the prevailing model of quantum physics. In it, he asked students to imagine a cat sealed inside a box with a certain amount of a radioactive substance designed to be released once a single atom decays. While the cat is unobserved one must consider the cat both alive and dead at the same time. Upon opening the box, however, one would clearly see that the cat was either alive or dead. It can’t have ever been both.
"All throughout Breaking Bad, Walter White has pretended to be Heisenberg and a mild-mannered family man all at once. Perhaps in Felina, we’ll see where his true loyalties lie.
"Interestingly enough, the Copenhagen method that Schrödinger was criticizing was pioneered by none other than Werner Heisenberg. Yes, the same Heisenberg Walter White named his criminal alter-ego after. "
Amazing minds out there.
Slate points out 10 things BB got wrong. Blasphemy.
The cast reveals what props they kept (i.e. , stole).
Finally, just a quick reminder of what Vince Gilligan said about how the show would wrap up, some 8 months ago:
"We’re not gonna please everyone, we’re not gonna please everyone…This is what I keep telling myself so I can sleep at night. It’s going to be polarizing no matter how you slice it, but you don’t want 10 percent to say it was great and 90 percent to say it [sucked]. You want those numbers to be reversed.
“No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn’t get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn’t get her because he has to save the free world. What better ending is there than that?
“I’m very cornball in my own view of the world. It just makes sense to me that bad people should get punished and good people should be rewarded. I know it doesn’t work like that in real life, but there’s always that yearning. Oddly enough, I don’t feel any real pressure to pay off the characters, morally speaking."
If you are NOT going to be home on Sunday night and are planning on recording the finale, PLEASE make sure you check your series manager. Sunday is a packed night of television:
ABC: Revenge at 9p, Betrayal at 10p
CBS: The Amazing Race at 8p, The Good Wife at 9p, The Mentalist at 10p
FOX: The Simpsons at 8p, Family Guy at 9p, American Dad at 9:30p
HBO: Eastbound & Down at 10p, Hello Ladies at 10:30p
Showtime: Homeland at 9p, Masters of Sex at 10p
AMC: Breaking Bad at 9p
Bravo: The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8p
Food: The Great Food Truck Race at 9p
And there's an NFL game on to top it off.
In defense of Gordon Ramsay (and yes, I will be tuning in to MasterChef Junior Edition).
What to expect from Parenthood this season. Couldn't be happier to have the Bravermans back in my life.
Jim Parsons is a really good actor. I watched both episodes of The Big Bang Theory last night and that show still makes me laugh, especially Parsons.
Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210) was elected SAG-AFTRA's EVP on Thursday. Union president Ken Howard had backed Carteris's opponent, Mike Hodge. Come on Coach Reeves!
A&E announced a premiere date for its new docuseries, The Governor's Wife, which follows Trina, the 35-year-old spouse of 86-year-old former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards (they were pen pals while he was in prison), as she attempts to win over skeptics and fit into Southern high society. Tune in on Sunday, October 27 at 10p.
You should check out the "war" going on between Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West if you haven't already done so.
I was surprised that Joshua Hibbard didn't make it to the final three on Ink Master. He is technically sound but just got obliterated by Nunez for his alleged inability to draw. Check out some of his work here. I have no idea how Kyle Dunbar's horrendous zombie bite tattoo didn't even seem to warrant consideration for elimination. Something doesn't seem right about that. Nevertheless, my money remains on Jime Litwalk. I don't have any new school body art, but Jime does a very nice job with it and kinda makes me want a new school piece to call my own.