“Breaking Bad” Season 5, Part 2 continues to intensify as Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) starts to see things more clearly and makes a decision that may add a spark to this final season. Meanwhile, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is preparing to get Jesse out of town, along with a new identity. Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Skyler (Anna Gunn) White turn to desperate measures to ensure the silence of Skyler’s sister Marie (Betsy Brandt) and her husband, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris). Take a look at GIFs from Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” episode, titled “Confessions.”
This episode of “Breaking Bad” makes excellent use of colors and elements in its symbolism. Right from the start, Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons), one of Walt’s protégés, is standing in front of a yellow-colored wall. Depending on what primary color set you’re looking at, it can be a primary or secondary color. We’ll explain that later. After getting off a phone call to his mentor, Walt, Todd heads into a coffee shop to meet his uncle and convince him that he’s ready to cook on his own.
Jesse Under Interrogation
Hank continues to try to pry information out of Jesse. While he sits there in silence, he appears to be in a daze, but the reality is he’s able to get more information out of Hank by just letting him talk. Saul stops Hank from trying to get any more information and begins to work to get Jesse out of town.
After Marie attempts to lure Hank’s son, Walter White Jr. (RJ Mitte), away from Walt, he decides to make a confession video.
Walt and Skyler then meet with Hank and Marie to attempt to get them to stop trying to cover the web of lies and secrets they’ve built with Walt’s meth empire.
After Walt and Skyler realize Hank won’t stop pursuing them, Walt leaves a disc on the table.
What initially appeared to be a video confession of his crimes was actually a false flag blackmail video in which Walt pins the blame on Hank as the mastermind behind the whole meth operation.
Saul, Jesse and Walt meet out in the desert to discuss their current situation. Jesse reveals what he observed when Hank questioned him. Walt then turns around and suggests that Jesse should get out of town. Jesse, being more aware now, calls Walt out for trying to manipulate him. As Jesse is breaking down in tears, Walt embraces him like a father.
As Saul prepares for Jesse’s exit from New Mexico, Jesse offers some brief comic relief.
Red or Blue Pill
Similar to a scene in “The Matrix,” Jesse looks at the pack of cigarettes he’s holding. Staring intently at it, he realizes how he was manipulated with the ricin cigarette from a previous episode. He then looks at the approaching red van. But as it stops to pick him up, Jesse decides to choose another path. As the driver of the red van realizes this, the van veers away.
Fire and Ice
Jesse freaks and confronts Saul about the reality of the missing ricin cigarette, the one that made him think he accidentally poisoned his ex-girlfriend’s son. In the process, he gives Saul a bloody nose and runs off with Saul’s gun.
As Jesse runs out, Saul calls Walt to inform him of Jesse’s change of plan. In a panic, Walt walks over to a soda vending machine at the car wash and takes out a gun that he had hidden “on ice.”
The scene cuts to Jesse busting down the door of Walt’s home, equipped with a gas can. Jesse starts splashing gasoline all over the place.
What does this all mean?
The last scene puts Jesse and Walt at opposite ends, Jesse symbolized by the color red and the fire element. Walt, however, remains cold and methodical, symbolized by ice and shades of blue.
The color symbolism can be taken a couple different ways. Jesse represents the color red, Walt represents the color blue, and Todd, the color yellow. If you think of the traditional Red Yellow Blue (RYB) primary-color model, Todd can be seen as rising to Walt and Jesse’s level of meth cooking. But if you look at it from the Red Green Blue (RGB) color model, Todd is more “secondary,” lending to his protégé nature, as yellow is a secondary color in that model.
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