“Breaking Bad” aired the second episode of season 5 Sunday night and the God-like complex that Walt’s taken on is unbecoming to say the least. He is a legend in his own mind and it grows bigger every day. Walt is behaving as if he’s untouchable as he takes on the persona of the drug king pin he killed.
People around him have been manipulated to the point that many fear him, including his own wife Skylar. Jesse and Walt are going to cook again and Mike came aboard finally. He’ll run the distribution department for the cooked goods. Mike originally declined but he changed his mind once he realized there was no getting away from this life.
Slate suggests it’s time for Walter, Jesse and Skylar to walk away and “go back to their boring lives.” Saul’s example of the person who wins the lottery and never buys another lottery ticket drove the point home. While many would say Walt won the lottery because he’s still alive and not in jail, Walt doesn’t see it that way.
Skylar has already turned on Walt, suggests EW, and in the flash-forward scene last week Walt was alone and wasn’t wearing a wedding band. This suggests demise of the marriage, which is already fairly apparent.
The contrast in Walt and Skylar’s state of mind is well represented in the bedroom scene. Skylar is in a state of almost catatonic depression and Walt is so full of himself with manly pride that if he were a peacock his feathers would be spread out wide.
Hank is probably going to be Walt’s biggest problem in season 5, he’s a bright guy and it looks as if he may have some suspicions already. Some of the more memorable scenes from Sunday night’s “Breaking Bad” episode validate Walt’s new persona of being a God-like figure. Walt is in bed with Skylar and he tells her the feelings go away soon and that you get used to them.
He was talking about Skylar being depressed because the people she sent to rough-up her boyfriend-boss have beaten him to the point of permanent damage. The guilt is too much for Skylar. Walt’s beyond a conscience and the morals that kept him for letting anyone get hurt in the beginning of his meth cooking endeavor are gone, completely gone. He tells Skylar that she too will experience the pain go away. He said this very matter of factly, as if she were only suffering from a tooth ache.
In the place of the once kind and considerate Walt, who once valued human life, is a cold-blooded, self-absorbed and very entitled Walter White. The tables have also turned for Skylar, while she can fear Walt all she wants, she’s become just like him to a lessor degree. The once normal couple has turned into the “Sopranos” on steroids!
The scene with Walt and Jesse last night trying to find the poison cigarette was a long and calculated manipulation by Walt. The planting of that cigarette not only threw any suspicion off Walt, but put Jesse with great remorse for not trusting his friend. Walt’s brilliant mind is ruining everyone around him. “Breaking Bad” just doesn’t describe Walter White anymore. He’s gone beyond just breaking bad, he’s at the point of no return!
Reference Slate, “Breaking Bad” season 5 episode 2 “Madrigal”, EW