For what time I have left, I want to live in my own house, I want to sleep in my own bed. I don’t want to choke down 40 or 50 pills every single day, and lose my hair, lie around, to tired to get up, and so nauseated that I can’t even move my head. You cleaning up after me. Me, some dead man, some artificially alive, just marking time… no. And that’s how you would remember me.
Evil-Holics Anonymous: Thoughts On The End of Breaking Bad
SPOILERS FOR ALL OF BREAKING BAD INCLUDING THE FINALE
Breaking Bad’s final episode did the impossible. It made me like Walter White again and it did so without undoing or minimizing any of the evil he did over the course of the series. Why? As a show that was built on the drug trade and didn’t shy away from showing its consequences both in terms of the violence of the drug syndicates and the personal costs of addiction, Breaking Bad already provided the formula for Walter’s atonement if not his absolution. In the end, Breaking Bad was about Walter White’s addiction to evil. Ozymandias, the third to last episode in the series represented him hitting rock bottom. Granite State, the penultimate episode, was his detox process. Felina, the last episode, represented his efforts to atone as best he could.