Breaking Bad S05
Breaking Bad S05E11: “Confessions”

Everything comes crashing neatly together. Every episode now feels like we're sitting in the passenger seat of a car that is going too fast. We sit in front of a familiar show, which we've watched for five seasons, and still we have no idea what's gonna happen. It's that damn good.

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Walt scrambles to protect himself as his past catches up to him.

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This show certainly isn’t known for always being comfortable to watch. This time, it’s Todd and his sociopath family who treats u to fascist diatribes before wiping the blood from their boots. Nice of Todd, also, to describe the train heist as this perfect crime, without any hint of remorse at having shot a kid. What’s the message here? Meet the new boss, even worse than the old boss?

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We always hoped that Walt Jr. was going to play a more meaningful role at some point, but it definitely feels like he’s being used more as a plot convenience than anything else. Maybe his awakening to the truth will bear some significance; after all, Marie has turned out to be pretty badass once she had her eyes open for her. And that being said, Walt is insane; he just told his son that he has cancer just so he wouldn’t go over to Marie’s.

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We all hate this kind of waiter, don’t we? I dunno who picked this kind of joint for a such a painful discussion, but that makes for a hell of an awkward family talk. The scene is another example of how brilliant this show can be; here, it mixes humor and an incredible tension, making us laugh and bite our nails at the same time. Marie’s “kill yourself” gave us chills.

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Check and mate, Hank. Walt, in full Gus Fring mode, comes back around with his “confession,” which turns out to be a masterstroke against Hank. We never expected the drug money payments to Hank’s insurance to come back into play like this, and just like Hank says, his coffin is nailed shut. An amazing performance by Bryan Cranston, who plays both the victim and the aggressor in one fell swoop. One of the best scenes of a show that has too many great scenes to count.

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“Some people are immune to good advice.” –Saul Goodman

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This intense, riveting final scene divided the Critic’s Remote staff. Yannick knew Jesse’s realization was coming, while Daniel felt that the way the lead-up shots were set up hinted at a possible hit on Jesse. Be that as it may, the moment things click in Jesse’s head are a marvel of well-orchestrated storytelling. It harkens back to Huell pickpocketing the ricin in season four, and if you rewatch the scene where Jesse walks out, you’ll see him pickpocket Jesse’s weed. Next week’s episode is titled “Rabid Dog,” and now we know why.


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