Season 5 Episode 14 of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” brought the season to its boiling point with several tense moments resulting in fatal and near-fatal consequences. Audiences were greeted by a flashback of the old days of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) just starting out their meth cooking operation out in the To'hajiilee reservation located somewhere in the New Mexico desert. But audiences are brought back to reality just as fast, as the episode begins to reveal the fate of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) and Hank Schrader (Dean Norris). The aftermath of which leads to Walt’s world falling apart even faster. Take a look at some GIFs from Season 5 Episode 14 of “Breaking Bad” titled “Ozymandias” below.
The opening shot is set on an Erlenmeyer flask containing liquid, which is just reaching its boiling point. The image is quite fitting, given the course of events that have happened over the past few episodes of “Breaking Bad.”
After the flask shot, the scene cuts to Walt taking a break, stepping out of the classic RV to call his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) to tell her that he’ll be late as a cover for his meth cooking operation. The shot cuts to Skyler packing a small box in the background, while the camera is focused on a set of kitchen knives that will see their use back in the present time.
The next shot cuts back to Walt, Jesse and the RV as they all fade away into the empty desert.
The aftermath of the shootout between Todd Alquist’s (Jesse Plemons) uncle Jack’s (Michael Bowen) gang and DEA agents Gomez and Schrader turned out to be fatal. With Gomez dead, Hank attempts to crawl to his shotgun, stopped only after uncle Jack steps on him.
Walt attempts to beg uncle Jack to spare Hank’s life by offering his money buried in the desert but Hank resists and points out that Walt was foolish enough to not realize that uncle Jack made his mind up of what he was going to do ten minutes ago. Hank is then shot and killed with Walt helplessly looking on.
With Hank dead, Walt falls to the ground as uncle Jack uses the coordinates Walt gave him in the last episode to dig out the barrels of money.
While uncle Jack takes most of the money, he leaves one barrel, which contains about $8-10 million for Walt as a concession and peace offering. Walt only accepts the barrel after making uncle Jack agree to take out Jesse, who was hiding under Walt’s car.Todd steps in at the last minute, realizing that Jesse may have further use before they kill him. So he is spared, if only for a short while.
Barrel of Money
Todd, uncle Jack’s gang and Jesse drive off in one direction and Walt drives off in another, only to be stranded as his car leaked out fuel after it was shot during the gun fight, leaving Walt to roll his money out of the desert on foot.
Skyler and Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) face off in Skyler’s office. Marie thinks she has the upper hand, demanding that Skyler hand over all copies of a blackmail DVD video Skyler and Walt made. Neither Skyler nor Marie know the fate of Hank as all of this is happening.
Jesse’s Déjà Vu
Jesse finds himself in a situation similar to the events prior to Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) death. It turns out Todd realized he could use Jesse to teach him how to cook perfect batch of the famous blue crystal meth. In a sense, Todd is starting to step into the shoes of the scheming Walt, with a picture of Jesse’s girlfriend and her son posted up as motivation and a thinly veiled threat to make sure he cooperates.
The Knife Returns
Walt finally makes it home and attempts to pack up his family to start a new life, with Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) finally let in on the family secret.
However, Skyler had enough and whipped out a knife, demanding that Walt leave their home. A fight ensues, after Skyler slashes Walt’s hand. Eventually Walt gets up and leaves, taking their baby with him as Skyler is seen screaming and chasing after him. Walt Jr. calls the police to report the situation, which continues to escalate.
Police Listen In
Police detectives listen in as Walt calls Skyler. Walt goes off in a tirade as Skyler demands that he brings Holly, their child back. As the conversation further progresses, it becomes clear that Walt actually knows that the police are listening in and he is trying to protect his family by confessing about his operation, while clearing Skyler’s name in the process and revealing that Hank is dead.
After the phone conversation ends, Walt abandons Holly in a firetruck, where is she found by a fireman that notices flashing lights that appeared to have been left on.
Walt takes Saul Goodman’s (Bob Odenkirk) way out of town through the mysterious driver of the red van, leaving viewers to only guess what may possibly happen in next week’s episode of “Breaking Bad.”
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