Will there ever be another show that good?
As for the latest episode, which I have just watched, Donna Bowman's review is again fantastic.
And also her final read of the episode ending:
And that’s when we find out what he has not yet lost: his pride. The name Walter White still means something; the Heisenberg porkpie hat, which seemed to lose its mojo earlier in the episode when it couldn’t help him face the cold, still represents a legacy of accomplishment Walter refuses to have dismissed. When he sees Gretchen and Elliot Schwarz answering Charlie Rose’s probing about their donation to a drug treatment organization (is it an attempt to whitewash Grey Matter’s association with a “meth kingpin,” its co-founder?) by claiming that Walter did nothing to build the company but invent its name, everything changes. He may not be able to help his family or prop up his failing health or even spend the money that’s in that looming, accusatory barrel. But he can defend his name against the charge that a name is all he is. He can demand respect for the science he owns and that he alone (he believes) can wield.
Maybe that was always his only mission. Maybe he’s only just now woken up from the lie about family that he talked himself into. Alone at last, he finds that it’s not that he’s lost everything. It’s that nothing is holding him back.
And Alan Sepinwall wrote a pretty good review from his hospital bed too!
I loved the way he concluded it :
But as gratifying as it might be to imagine Walt pulling that machine gun out of his trunk, laying waste to the Nazis, rescuing Jesse, putting himself on trial to save Skyler, and other manner of cathartic action, I don't think the finale Vince Gilligan has in mind for us is going to be quite that neat. That's the kind of ending the great Heisenberg, who appears as a cartoon character on t-shirts nationwide, might have pulled off. What "Granite State" made clear is that in its end game, "Breaking Bad" is a show with no use for Heisenberg. He's an old clown who can't even make it to the end of the driveway without coughing. (And who earlier in the vacuum repair shop can't conjure up an intimidating old speech for similar reasons.) He may vanquish some of his enemies (may intend the ricin capsule for Gretchen and Elliott, for instance, rather than Lydia), but nothing he has ever done has gone exactly according to plan, and has almost always made things worse for him and those around him.
Escape is a fantasy. Heisenberg is a fantasy. "Breaking Bad" was at times a fantasy — an amazing one. This is something much colder and harder. This is the end coming fast for us all.
Sepinwall is probably right. It's almost time for us to leave the fantasy and move on...