Breaking Bad S5/E9 “Blood Money” Review

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The end has begun! Are you ready? I just finishing watching the episode and the first words that come to mind are “holy shit!” I don’t even know where to start.

“Blood Money” opens up with another glimpse into the future, a bleak one in which the White’s house is abandoned, boarded up and in shambles and someone has spray-painted “HEISENBERG” inside it. Walt returns to get his hidden ricin! Right away questions started racing thought mind – Why is the house abandoned? Is his family dead?? Why the ricin? Is Walt about to commit suicide or is he after someone? And that machine gun!! So many questions, needlessly to say this opening scene got me really excited for whatever comes next.

From there, it was back to the scene we’ve all been waiting for. Hank finally discovered Walt’s crimes, as he broke down the inscription in that Whitman book. I’m glad the writers didn’t have Hank confront him there and then, instead Hank rushes home, having a panic attack on the way due to the steer shock of it all. He immediately begins a new investigation using boxes of clues from the Fring case. Walter senses something’s wrong after he can’t find the book Hank took and later discovers a tracking device in his car; setting  us up for inevitable, but before I get into the awesome final scene showdown there’s some other items I want to get to first.

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Walt’s cancer is back, something they hinted at before but made crystal clear now. It’s back just as everything seemed to going for him. The worst part is, Walt is obviously hiding it from his family, hence the secret vomiting.

On to Jesse… ah poor Jesse! His the character I’m most invested in and its heart wrenching to see him in this state. Through out the show Walt is cold and calculating in where he directs his violence but Jesse always, always, feels remorse. Jesse is overcome with guilt over the death of the young boy killed last season for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He wants to get rid of his “blood money” and after Saul refused to give away his $5 million to the young boy’s parents and Mike’s granddaughter; Jesse drives around at night throwing the money out the window in bundles to peoples door steps like paper boy. Some of it lands in the bushes; some of it goes straight into the sewer. Jesse just wants to be rid of it.

Blood-MoneyNow lets talk about that final scene… I was on the edge of my seat for this and what an incredibly acted scene it was, hats off to both Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston. That moment when Hank closes the garage door on Walt is the moment you know: shit is about to get real!! The tension was truly unbearable. You had no idea what either would say or do and now we have no idea what either will say or do moving forward.

The best moment came right at the end, after Hank takes out his anger on Walt, he just stares into his eyes for a moment in disbelief and says “I don’t even know who I’m talking to”, slipping right into Heisenberg mode, Walt hits back with a chilling threat “if you don’t know who I am. Then maybe… your best course… would be to tread lightly!” GAME ON!! 9/10

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