How will Breaking Bad end? The answer is just weeks away: The first of eight final episodes airs Sunday, August 11, and they’re already taking wagers at BettingBad.com to predict who will survive through the show’s final hour. The central question on any gambler’s mind: Will Walter White live or die? The finale airs Sept. 29, so there’s still a little time to consider possibilities. In the meantime, let’s all pray for Badger and Skinny Pete.
WALT DIES OF CANCER, HEISENBERG LIVES FOREVER
The theory: Everyone fears the One Who Knocks … except, obviously, cancer. During the flash-forward that kicked off the fifth season last year, Walt was shown swallowing some kind of prescription pill in the men’s room of the diner, which has led some fans to suspect that his cancer is no longer in remission. Of course, the fact that his hair has grown back in the same scene suggests that he might be doing better — unless he’s simply given up on doing chemo and accepted his fate. One upcoming episode is called “Ozymandias,” after Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 poem of the same name, which is about “the inevitable decline of all leaders, and of the empires they build, however mighty in their own time.” (At least, that’s according to the Cliff’s Notes. Apologies to my high school English teacher.) You can hear Walt himself reading from it in this Breaking Bad preview clip. The poem focuses on the tyrannical Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II (known in Greek as Ozymandias). His story is being told by “a traveler from an antique land,” and although Ramesses II was once a powerful man, it’s clear that his life story has been reduced to one giant, broken statue with this inscription: “Look on my works ye Mighty and despair.” Like Ramesses II, a dead Heisenberg would leave destruction in his wake, but also a pretty good legend. The fact that Breaking Bad‘s posters say “Remember My Name” — a slight twist on Walt demanding, “Say my name!” — also suggests that he’s gone.
How likely is this to happen? Fairly likely. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently told GQ that he used the finale for M*A*S*H as inspiration: “From the first episode, these people sit around and say, ‘All I want to do is go home,’” he explained. “So of course they all get to go home in the final episode. Sometimes the best moment in a TV show is an unpredictable moment, but sometimes it’s actually being predictable.” What could be more predictable than the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher actually dying of cancer at the end?
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