The Ending Of Breaking Bad Finally Explained


Breaking Bad is one of the best shows in TV
history, and after five seasons, it all led to an ending that people still talk about
today. But if you need a helping hand to understand
that final episode, well then, let’s cook. Creator Vince Gilligan had one of the best
high-concept hooks for Breaking Bad that any show has ever had. As Gilligan put it: “This is a story about a man who transforms
himself from Mr. Chips into Scarface.” The appeal of Breaking Bad is pretty simple
because it asks a question we’ve all probably wondered at least once. How far would a regular person, a Mr. Chips
type, go if they knew they were dying and had to provide for their family? With that theme in mind, it’s easy to see
how Breaking Bad is about the American dream, the idea that if you do good work, then the
people in charge will see your value and reward you for your skills. Of course, most people would prefer their
paychecks come from legitimate bosses and not various criminal drug lords in the crystal
meth trade. Not so for Walter White. After all, the longer he stays in the game,
the higher he rises. But the higher he rises, it gets harder and
harder for him to argue that he’s just leaving a nest egg for his family, and he transforms
from a sympathetic and unlikely anti-hero into a full-fledged villain. “Say my name.” “Heisenberg.” So we’ve spent a lot of time talking about
Walt, but what does the actual ending of Breaking Bad mean? Well, first we need to specify which ending
we’re talking about. Each of the final three episodes, “Ozymandias,”
“Granite State,” and “Felina”, can function as a kind of ending for the show. In the case of “Ozymandias,” it’s a poetic,
circular ending. “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings! Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.” Walt betrays Jesse completely by giving his
former partner up to the white supremacists he’s been working with. Worse still, he admits to Jesse that he watched
Jane die and did nothing. “I watched her overdose and choke to death. I could have saved her. But I didn’t.” But even before handing Jesse over to the
Nazis, Walt is indirectly responsible for getting Hank, his DEA brother-in-law, killed. And then Walt has to watch as Uncle Jack and
his white supremacist gang take away all his earnings, except one single barrel of cash. Walt then has to roll the barrel back towards
civilization, passing by the pair of pants he lost in the very first episode. When he tries to convince his family to flee
with him, his wife and son attack him, and Walt kidnaps his infant daughter. It’s all of Walt’s lies laid bare. He chose an empire over his family, and like
the Shelley poem the episode is named after says, no empire lasts forever. Walt has the money to flee into a kind of
witness protection program for criminals, but he’s giving up the family that he pretended
to do so much for. If “Ozymandias” is the “realistic” end to
Walt’s journey, then “Granite State” is a fitting punishment for the former meth kingpin. Walt ends up in a remote cabin where his only
company, Ed “the Disappearer,” comes by just once a month to drop off supplies. Even in the kind of purgatory that Walt lives
in, he’s still not free of his cancer, and he’s constantly waiting for Ed to return with
chemotherapy drugs. It’s a fitting punishment for a man who pretended
to do everything he did out of loyalty and family obligations. Walt is so lonely that he ends up paying Ed
thousands of dollars just for an extra hour of his time. He’s alive and rich but all alone. Much like the characters of a different AMC
show, Walt is basically the walking dead. The only thing that brings him out of his
mountain retreat is the possibility of passing on his ill-gotten gains to his family. Walt literally tries to buy his way back into
his son’s affections, and of course, it doesn’t work. However, he’s given one last goal when he
sees his former colleagues Gretchen and Elliott on television, downplaying Walt’s contributions
to their company, Gray Matter Technologies. It’s reasonable that they would. After all, it’s not exactly good for a company’s
stock to have a co-founder become a murderous drug kingpin. Walt, unsurprisingly, does not see their side
of things. Instead, he thinks they’re disrespecting him
by not giving him credit. “Felina,” the finale episode of Breaking Bad,
is basically a victory lap for Walt. He gets to accomplish everything that he left
his mountain retreat to do. He threatens Gretchen and Elliott into giving
all of his money to his family under the guise of a charitable donation. “Gretchen, would you mind? I don’t wanna lose any of it under the furniture. Alright.” He kills all of the white supremacists that
stole his blue meth recipe. Walt frees Jesse from slavery, and he even
gets a kind of closure with Skyler and his infant daughter. Plus, he poisons Lydia with a whole lot of
ricin, and he successfully evades the police all the way to the end. Even when he appears to die, it’s on his own
terms. He’s not rotting of cancer but dying in the
arms of his true love, the chemistry lab that produces his blue meth. Walt is infamous, which as we know from The
Three Amigos, is when you’re more than famous. Combine all of these facts, and it’s hard
to deny that this is Walter’s perfect, inevitable ending. “Felina” might be Walt’s fantasy, but it’s
everyone else’s nightmare. Throughout the episode, Walt is a monstrous
presence. He moves through scenes like a horror movie
slasher. When he talks to Skyler, he appears like a
ghost, the scene is even blocked like a jump scare. When he brags to Lydia about how he poisoned
her drink, it’s a moment that wouldn’t be out of place in a Final Destination movie. Walt gets his victory lap in the final episode,
but it’s only because he’s chasing his enemies around the track. “I slipped it into that Stevia crap that you’re
always putting in your tea.” “Oh my god.” Even when Jesse escapes the white supremacist
compound, finally free of Walt and his vindictive torturers, he lets out a guttural scream straight
from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If there’s anyone in the show that knows what
kind of monster Walt was, it’s Jesse. When he drives out of the show, it’s as viscerally
satisfying as seeing the final girl in a horror movie survive the killer. Walt starts Breaking Bad by telling his family
that he loves them, and that everything he did was for their sake. He ends the show hobbling out to the meth
shed to be with what he truly loves: his work, his legacy. It’s clear that he was never really Mr. Chips. Whatever falling out happened between him
and his partners before the show started was a symptom of something deeper. Walt’s cancer was just an excuse for him to
be the power-hungry villain he’d always wanted to be. As Vince Gilligan once put it: “We always say in the writers’ room, if Walter
White has a true superpower, it’s not his knowledge of chemistry or his intellect, it’s
his ability to lie to himself. He is the world’s greatest liar.” Walt lied to himself for so long that he believed
his own lies for most of the show. He lied to the audience, too. How much you want to believe that Walt was
a good man is dependent on how much you want to believe his lies. Was he a good man who “broke bad,” or was
he always a twisted monster who finally got the excuse to behave like Scarface? Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “The Ending Of Breaking Bad Finally Explained

  1. Academy Award's committees finally came down their moral high horse and gave BB what they rightfully deserved since Season 1.

  2. You guys run out of Endgame content? The ending of Breaking Bad needs as much explaining as The Lion King. Hot tip: Less high quality content is better than this spam.

  3. Seriously? The ending is straight forward. What explaining did it need? Walt kills jacks men. Frees Jesse. The dies from taking a bullet. End of story. Stupidest video ever

  4. I love the fact that the gauge he taps before he dies is named "Weiss", which means "white" in German. I don't think that's a coincidence.

  5. ¿Ending? Walt a minute….. you mean there is not season 6 coming? I was cerrtían that they just where taking there time to release it. You mean that is the ending? It sucks! I was expecting and ending with unicorns, rainbows, flowers, etc and Walter awarded as the Kimg and Protector of the Free World and marrying a couple of dozens of exotic beauties.😤

  6. That video just convinced me to never click on your content again, thanks

  7. You all need to stop hating on this video. BB is just that damn good that people rewatch it or people that decided to finally watch the show. I just finished BB after the horrible season 8 of GOT. Started the first 3 episodes of BB years ago but didn’t come around for it until now. Glad I did it because IMO it’s the greatest show ever. IMDB has it as one of the highest rated show ever and a recommended watch til this day.

  8. Who the hell ever needed Breaking Bads ending explained? Lol. It was pretty straight forward and clear. 😂🤦‍♂️

  9. I seriously hated Jesse Pinkman and I hated how angry he was at Walt. As though Walt was to blame.
    Jesse fucked up everything he touched.
    I know it's only a TV Show, but I imagine if Walt cut Jesse loose, then Walt and Gus would have been friends, because Walt didn't have to keep bailing Jesse out of self-inflicted situations. Walt would have been seen as a pillar of the community like Gus and if Walt succumbed to his cancer Gus would have ensured Walt's family are ok financially.
    Instead we have the ultimate fuckup Jesse ruining everyone's lives all day every day.

  10. Walter White is still alive. His cancer created blood coagulation preventing him from bleeding out. We never see the true ending, we just get an ending.

  11. Always good to take another look at something one enjoys. I suppose the drug trade makes people behave like that ultimately to survive, in one way or another. The real Walter White ( there are YouTube videos on him) went through alot although it was less extreme than all this, artistic licence in effect.

  12. Also I don't think the fact that Jack's gang being white nationalist nazis is as pronounced as you make it out to be

  13. I guess I’ll add my voice to the WTF chorus… What’s your encore, resolving the mystery of The Wizard of Oz?

    For fuck sake, do better than editing together random clips with an overstatement on the obvious

  14. Wow!! Breaking bad still giving views to complete non – sense subjects.😏😏

  15. Oh wow FINALLY explained? Everyone that watched the show knows everything mentioned in this video

  16. They're just fishing for views. I shouldn't have clicked on it, but I just finally finished the series 2 days ago and I've been thinking about the end ever since. Everyone's right tho, the show explained everything. This video was unnecessary

  17. Hands Down, Breaking Bad & The Wire are truly TVs best of the Best in storytelling! BB didn't Dissapoint at ALL.

  18. I’m going to binge watch breaking bad it’s been so long and no better call Saul TIL 2020

  19. You guys are desperate for content. This was over and explained to death years ago. Your channel is shit and I'm dropping you.

  20. The ending id hard: Walter thought he has it all but he lost everything: first his job, then his health, he lost Skyler, Walt Jr., Hank, Jesse, his money, his live.

  21. By "finally explained" you mean a recap of the last three episodes. You added nothing to it.

  22. I never saw Walter White as being a villain until he killed Hank, but even that was partly Hank’s fault. WW was simply a dying man trying to setup a nest for his family. The main culprit for WW’s fall was Jesse, the most irritating character whose stupidity caused so many problems and led to WW fall.

  23. Walt couldn't possibly have just been lying about being scarface.
    He has a very realistic sociopathic transformation that only develops as he dissociated slowly in increasingly less empathetic/ increasingly more volatile acts of violence.
    He becomes seduced with the authoritative control he demands overtime through the freedom of his alter ego. He flirts with it until he let's Jane die and pushes skyler out addicted and irrationally justifying himself while using abusers logic to lead his wife into a Stockholm scenario calling her bluff on Flynn. Skylar rebels flynn is distant and jesse gets more control and less support. Walter saves jesse who had no intention of surviving a gunfight and dramatically/wrecklessly makes Mike eat his own advice on half measures.

    Walts unfortunate situation then requires his partner to coldblodedly murder walts replacement and fractures his soul in the process. Now walt starts taking others down and demoralizing their consciences to feed his addiction. Gus Mike the prisoners etc are all just roadblocks.
    Did he die or not is a more interesting reveal.

    Ge either died in the car at the start of felina weak in the cold and bleeding?
    Or he physically did live his almost to perfect vengeance quest without any consequence for the 250+ people his actions destroyed?

    or did the gunshot to the abdomens low mortality rate statistics/police response time mean he did see a cell only passing out from the blood loss?

    as a by product at first from the dangers of self preservation in s1
    Then

  24. One of the best shows on TV is definitely a loose term.
    The show was very good until the end when Bryan Cranston didn't want to do it anymore.
    The last two seasons were very rushed and didn't tell the story anymore.there could have been so much more done with this show, but Cranston thought he was going to be a movie star.
    How do you suppose that worked out for him? 😂

  25. I always thought Jesse should have ended up with at least a barrel of money when that scene ended.

  26. i dont know any place that actually pays you good or better than previously for doing a good job never heard of that, i have heard of grandfathering.. school system gotta make money some how.. corner the learning market making people go in debt and eliminate all free ways to attend school the dream is great and built off bullshit but lets talk about a highschool teacher having to cook meth to get by aint america grand….

  27. I don’t think this was necessary. Or you titled this video wrong. Nothing was explained. We already knew this. There’s no surprises to the ending that would need any explanation, it’s straight forward. Perhaps title the video, Breaking Bad Ending Revisited or something.

  28. Still top 5 best shows all time Walter white has my favorite character arc of all time

  29. This isn't even click baiting. This is just lazy and low effort shit posting

  30. weird cause this show is so old and u made a video the day i finished it lmao ig we’re both kinda late

  31. We FINALLY know, ya no, literally everyone and there mom knows what the ending means, there was nothing very ambiguous or confusing about it, there’s a reason ur channels dead

  32. What is there to explain?????… We watched the show and we know everything, even more than you looper!!!

  33. By "ending finally explained" do you actually mean "ending recap" ? This adds absolutely nothing to what we already knew.

  34. After Jesse drove away I always imagine the cops raiding the compound & finding that DVD of him confessing to that murder.
    With no $$$ how long before he's caught & imprison?

  35. Not only did you give us info we already knew, you failed to explain anything. Stop making bullshit content or it will come back to bite you.

  36. Just realized how deep I fell into Walt's lies. Shows how great of a show it is.

  37. 6:00 – Weiss: German for "White."

    Just another FYI for people that may not have spotted that easter egg.

    He really was with his true love at the end. His "family."

    His lab.

  38. Great show. But we understood it. What you should explain is dark. That show gives me a headache trying to understand it

  39. Did you folks over at Looper just wake up from a coma? Have you been hibernating? This show came to an end a few years ago. Also, Donald Trump is president.

  40. There wasn't any need of explaining anything. The show was perfect.

  41. Finally explained really? It’s been years, people have better breakdowns than you with less subscribers.

  42. If we had universal healthcare, Walter White wouldn't have become Heisenberg.

  43. What if Walt survived though and comes back for the movie?

  44. We know Looper knows nothing about it since they said Walt pretended to do it for his family.
    Just wrong. He himself believed that he did it for his family and he did it at first, but he had been fucked over all life and just wanted some recognition.

  45. Walt didn't go to Jack's to set Jesse free just to be a decent person, he set him free so Jesse wouldn't get any credit for cooking the blue meth. As far as the DEA knew at the final episode, Walt worked alone.

  46. Most amazing programme ever! Always love an excuse to celebrate it's brilliance xx

  47. I used to really enjoy Looper. But lately and now they're just scrapping the bottom of the barrel for content which is sad.

  48. Not only did he let Jane die, he caused her to die. She was lying on her side like your supposed to when nodding out on H. He caused her to roll on her back and choke on her vomit. If he'd never came in, she would have just vomited on Jesse, not die.

  49. Lying to oneself is epidemic in our world today. It’s easy when you have no standard by which to judge yourself. Anything goes. Lawlessness. “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness (Torah-lessness); and sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4

  50. I honestly believed the video was gonna mention what happened to Jessie after Breaking Bad.

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