AMC's cult drama series "Breaking Bad" has five more episodes to air and then it will be 'The End'. The second instalment of Season 5 of "Breaking Bad" till now has adopted a calm riveting note along with moments of flare-ups, which leave the audience shocked and astonished.
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The cancer diagnosis put a milquetoast chemistry teacher on the path to becoming a monster called Heisenberg. The cancer gave him a reason to cook myth, soon it became an excuse, and now Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is using it as a shield to protect himself and his family.
He is playing the cancer card to shift the burden of his wrong-doings on to his brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris). Walt as Heisenberg had two choices: either to kill Hank or put him off his case. Since Hank is family and off-limits, he records a chilling confession that has made Hank halt. Walt is not going to step-up, be a man and admit.
He records the confession with the help of Skyler (Anna Gunn) and there is an interlude before the audience gets to hear the confession. The recording reminds of the first episode when Walt had recorded his confession at the time, thinking he was going to get caught or killed. He was yet to become 'Hiesenberg' and the voice of the fearful chemistry teacher was trembling.
The White couple meets the Schrader couple at a Mexican restaurant. The restaurant has a lively ambience and the conversation of the four is a cacophony of each character's personal thoughts.
Skyler wants to inter the past and not let it raise its head at any cost, and that is probably why she helped Walt record the diabolic confession. Skyler's sister, Marie (Betsy Brandt), is deeply hurt and cannot figure out where the lies begin and end.
Walt wants Hank and Skyler to stop luring his children. Marie had invited Walt Junior (RJ Mitte) to her place and Walt's "my cancer has returned" talk stopped him from going.
Hank wants Walt to admit and warns him that he is not going to let him off or wait for the cancer to kill him. Walt gives him the CD of his confession. It starts at the introduction (name and address) then slowly builds a horror story that frames the righteous man Hank.
Walt is composed and in control unlike the "Breaking Bad" Season 1 episode 1. Walt blames Hank, the crystal myth cooking kingpin, for putting him on an illegal path. He hits all the right emotional notes, playing his trump cancer card, and twists the facts to create new facts that make Hank the monster and he the victim. Hank and Marie watch the video shell-shocked. It is a dying man's confession and it has the potential to become the truth in the absence of evidence against Walt.
But, Walt has destroyed too many lives and harmed a lot of people, including the ones close to Jesse (Aaron Paul). Brock (Ian Posada), the six year old kid, was one of them. Saul (Bob Odenkirk) helps Jesse get out of the interrogation cell before Hank could persuade him to testify against Walt.
He is all set to start afresh and leave Albuquerque for good, wishing to settle far away in Alaska. A packet of cigarette triggers something and he realises it is Walt who was behind the poisoning of Brock. The thread of restrain snaps and he punches Saul right in the face till he bleeds and is pouring gasoline in the living room of Walt's house. Jesse knows where the lies begin and continue and Walt has completely damaged him but not his still ticking moral compass.
The Scenes of "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Episode 11 "Confessions"
In the barren desert, Walt hugs Jesse after telling him to forget everything like a bad dream and start on clean slate, with a new identity in a new location. Jesse's eyes tear-up from relief that Walter is not going to kill him and also the pent-up emotions come to the fore.
The Confession Video: It was unexpected but was an amazing twist that has the potential to shock and amaze at the same time. Some Parts of the confessions:
"If you're watching this video, I'm probably dead or murdered by my brother-in-law Hank Schrader. Hank has been building a meth empire for over a year now and he is using me as his chemist. Shortly after my 50th birthday, he asked that I use my Chemistry knowledge to cook meth ... which he would then sell using connections that he made through his career with DEA. I was astounded. I always thought Hank is a very moral man."
"I was particularly vulnerable at that time, something he knew and took advantage of. I was reeling from a cancer diagnosis that was poised to bankrupt my family. Hank took me on a ride along and showed me how much money that even a small meth operation could make. I was weak. I didn't want my family to go into financial ruin. So, I agreed."
The episode belonged to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the two men who started cooking crystal meth together to earn lots of quick money but the rules of the crime and thrill of the power started dictating their actions. Bryan Cranston's performance was pitch-perfect in the confession video. He played the meek, dying man who had no choice to perfection. Controlled and composed, he let the voice modulation do the trick. He made the audience despise him.
"Breaking Bad" Season 5 Episode 11 "Confessions" : Making of the Episode (Source: Youtube.com/Televisionpromisdb)
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Jesse: "Mr White, he is the devil."
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