If red is a dangerous color, I worry for Badger and all the CAR WASH employees, who are wearing goddamn targets on their heads.
Speaking of colors, the last time we saw a kid with a yellow shirt:
I also really wish they’d stop dressing Baby Holly in pink.
Vince Gilligan knows by now that you absolutely cannot use oranges without foreshadowing imminent danger.
Bryan Cranston, who directed the episode, had some more fun with mirrors, something they often use to illustrate Heisenberg’s break with Walter White.
This is a great shot suggesting that the darkness has overcome Walter White. There’s very little lightness remaining.
But of course, this cannot be mistaken for anything other than the shattered life that Heisenberg has left. It also calls to mind the Ozymandias poem: “Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read, Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things.”
Just as the image below calls to mind this line from the poem: “And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
The shot of Jesse beneath the coffee table with a cockroach crawling on top made me think of Tony’s line in Scarface: “I’ll bury those cock-a-roaches.” I think it’s Jesse that’s going to be buried.
I also loved how Cranston filmed Jesse from above, and Walter from below to highlight who holds the power. It’s the little things that are often so impressive in this series.
There were two license plates in the episode. “-68-516″ (which is probably a reference to the finale (i.e., Season 5, Episode 16), though I have no idea what the first part references. Likewise, the second license plate, “5BB920X” is likely a reference to the 5th season of Breaking Bad, September 20th X, though I don’t know what the “X” refers to.
Finally, someone last year tossed out a fun, but ultimately crackpot theory that Walt was wearing a wire in the flashforward based on the fact that you could KIND OF see an outline of the wire under his shirt.
If you looked REALLY CLOSELY, you could kind of make out the same line in the shirt in last night’s episode, which is probably just a crease. If, however, it is mic, it seems to me that you could rule out it being a regular mic that actors wear because Walter actually had no lines in those scenes, except when he said, “Hi Carol.” Why would he have needed a mic beforehand while he was walking around the house, UNLESS …
I want more like this!
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