Any number of things could happen in the final season of BREAKING BAD. Walter has now eliminated every immediate criminal threat to himself, Jesse, and any future business prospects (except for Gus’s bodyguard and henchman Mike who was left behind in Mexico where he is being treated for serious gunshot wounds)
Where does the show go from here?
Zach Gilligan, Breaking Bad’s creator, has said the show is going to get “Shakespearean” and star Bryan Cranston has said that we are going to get to know Walter White’s dark heart.
Both of these quotes would seem to hint at a very dark final season with lots of death as well as revelations on Walter White’s past. When it comes down to it, there still is much we do not know about him.
I have some ideas and suggestions I’d like to offer about the final season.
It’s assumed by many that Walter is going to die. It was his impending death from Cancer that caused him to become a crystal meth cook to begin with and he has also operated very close to death at the hands of others throughout the show. Walter has always stated that the safety of his family came first and everything he does is for them. So wouldn’t it be a great irony if everybody but Walter died???? That is Skyler, Walter Jr. etc. ending with Jesse his surrogate son?
It was revealed in the last few episodes of Season Four that Gus Fring was part of large corporation. Whether he owned this corporation or was just an employee will be shown but wouldn’t it also be ironic if Elliott and Gretchen turned out to be behind this corporation? I do think we need further resolution on what happened between the three of them that caused Walter to not associate with them anymore and feel cheated out of his share of their profits from them working together.
Walter’s relationship with Hank who I believe will quickly figure out Walter is Heisenberg now that all distractions have been removed will be of prime importance in Season 5. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a security camera inside the nursing home that caught Walter. We know at least one old lady saw him skulking outside Hector Salamanca’s room. I feel Walter will have to deal with Hank. It would be easy to kill Hank and make it look like an accident. I see Walt or Jesse killing Hank.
Walter, a very angry man underneath everything for reasons that have not completely been explained, has gradually stripped himself of everything. I do not believe he cares that much for his family anymore and I wouldn’t be surprised that in addition to Hank he sacrifices one or more of them to save his own skin (or Jesse's who I believes he loves more at this point).
Here’s an outside the box scenario – Walter is attacked by a shadowy nemesis that gradually kills everyone around him during the season. In the end it is revealed to be Walter himself who has developed a split personality and at the end must fight himself or Jesse.
I hope they don’t take the route everyone expects – The cartel returns and Walter becomes Scarface until he is killed in battle at the end in a big dramatic burst of violence. That would be too predictable!
Walter and Jesse being the only two combatants left and turning on each other like rats makes more sense. Will Jesse ever find out Walter let Jane die and poisoned Brock?
I also look forward to seeing more of Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman – He’s hilarious and one of my favorite comedic actors.