|Breaking Bad episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||Michael Slovis|
|Written by||Gennifer Hutchison|
|Cinematography by||Arthur Albert|
|Editing by||Kelley Dixon|
|Original air date||August 25, 2013|
|Running time||47 minutes|
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Hoisted by His Own Petard: The Walter White Story would be an apt title for Walt’s bio, and it could very well be the theme of Breaking Bad. Here, Skyler buys Bogdan’s car wash in a genuine attempt. Rare Breaking Bad Slot Machine: Perfect for Walt’s “Gambling Addiction”. I’m going to guess this isn’t officially licensed Breaking Bad merch, so if you want it, you might want to. In AMC's hit drama Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) evolves from a mousy high school chemistry teacher into a ruthless drug kingpin. Walt's decision to dive head first into the criminal.
'Confessions' is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 57th overall episode of the series. Written by Gennifer Hutchison and directed by Michael Slovis, it aired on AMC in the United States and Canada on August 25, 2013.
At a diner, Todd recalls how he helped steal methylaminefrom the train to his uncle Jack and one of his men, Kenny, neglecting to mention the boy he murdered. Agreeing to let Todd cook meth on his own, Jack and Kenny drive back into New Mexico. Meanwhile, Hank tells Jesse that he knows Walt is Heisenberg. Jesse refuses to cooperate, and is released after Saul shows up. Later, Walt Jr. informs his father that Marie has asked him to help repair her computer and invited him to stay for dinner. Walt manipulates his son into staying home by confessing that his cancer has returned.
Walt and Skyler invite Hank and Marie to a restaurant. The Whites try to convince the Schraders to keep their children out of the situation, but the Schraders refuse to comply; Marie even callously says that Walt should kill himself to end it all. As the Whites leave, Walt gives his in-laws a DVD of his 'confession.' Playing it at home, Hank and Marie discover it is really a form of blackmail accusing Hank of being the mastermind of the Heisenberg empire and forcing Walt to cook meth for him. A stunned Hank then learns that his surgery and physical therapy were paid at Walt's expense from Marie's unwitting receipt of his drug money, which Skyler had claimed were 'gambling winnings.' This lends credence to Walt's story and torpedoes Hank's credibility.
Walt meets with Jesse in the desert and tells him that Saul can contact someone that specializes in creating new identities. He advises Jesse to start over and have a better life. Jesse reacts angrily, asking Walt to stop trying to manipulate him, and saying 'you're acting like me leaving town is all about me and turning over a new leaf, but it's really about you ... you need me gone ... just say so ... just ask me for a favor.' In response, Walt simply embraces Jesse, who cries in his arms.
Jesse then agrees to leave, but while packing to do so, Saul scolds him for possessing marijuana for the journey. While Saul makes arrangements for Jesse's departure from Albuquerque, he has Huell take Jesse's marijuana without his knowledge. While Jesse is waiting for the van that will relocate him, he notices the pot is gone, and suddenly realizes that Huell must have pick-pocketed it as well as the ricin cigarette that he previously believed Gus used to poison Brock. Jesse returns to Saul's office and physically attacks him, holding him at gunpoint and demanding to know about his role in Brock's poisoning. Saul admits to his involvement in the plot, but insists he had no idea what Walt's intentions were. As Jesse leaves, Saul calls Walt, who returns in a hurry to the car wash to retrieve a hidden revolver from a vending machine. An enraged Jesse breaks down the door to Walt's house and begins to pour gasoline on the floor.
Millard Drexler, former chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, had a cameo appearance in this episode as a customer at the Whites' car wash to whom Skyler gives incorrect change. He stated that his scene, in which he says eight or nine words, took nine takes to film.
The episode was viewed by 4.85 million people on its original broadcast, which was an increase from the 4.77 million of the previous episode.
The episode received strongly positive reviews, with Walter's monologue particularly praised.TVLine named Aaron Paul the 'Performer of the Week' for his performance in this episode.
In 2019 The Ringer ranked 'Confessions' as the 24th best out of the 62 total Breaking Bad episodes.
Gennifer Hutchison won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama for this episode.
Aaron Paul won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2014 for his performance in this episode.
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In AMC's hit drama Breaking Bad, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) evolves from a mousy high school chemistry teacher into a ruthless drug kingpin. Walt's decision to dive head first into the criminal underbelly of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is what ignites the explosive action of the show, and he continues to make choices that are fateful for everyone associated with him until the bitter end.
Walt is not the only character who experiences true change in Breaking Bad, though. Some fans have even argued on Reddit that it is actually his beleaguered sidekick Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) whose narrative arc is the most meaningful in the end. Though creator Vince Gilligan initially intended for Jesse to be a one-season character, he ends up outlasting even Walt, and even becomes the focus of the movie epilogue El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
So is there any merit to the idea that it is Jesse, instead of Walt, who is the real main character in Breaking Bad? Let's take a look at a couple of reasons why that theory might just make sense.
It is Jesse who continues to grow throughout the show
There is no doubt that Walt experiences a seismic shift in personality in Breaking Bad, and that the very title of the show is a nod to his sudden pivot to a life of crime. It doesn't take long for Walt to become a hard-nosed methamphetamine boss, though, and once he fully realizes his capacity for violence and mayhem, he doesn't retreat from his hardcore Heisenberg persona. There are incremental adjustments here and there — with bouts of paranoia, jealousy, grief, and lots of tactical brilliance — but his foot rarely leaves the proverbial pedal once he accelerates to a life of greed and anti-heroism.
Jesse, on the other hand, continues to experience elemental changes from start to finish. In the beginning, he is reckless and unsophisticated, but still mostly innocent. He later experiences severe lows from his personal losses and guilt, and occasionally, he has brushes with contentment and optimism, before he is clobbered by tragedy again. Like Walt, Jesse is a completely different person in the end: whereas money is Jesse's main motivator at the outset, once the true cost of its acquisition becomes clear, he literally throws his cash away. Though many of Jesse's highs and lows are reflexive to what Walt is putting him through, Jesse's series-long journey to moral clarity and righteousness, and his ultimate rejection of Walt, makes him a worthy foil — and possibly a more fully realized character.
Jesse becomes the endgame ... even for Walt
Breaking Bad Walt Gambling Show
Over the course of Breaking Bad, Jesse is both friend and foe to Walter White, and sometimes even family. Though Jesse is just a means to an end for Walt in the beginning of the story, he soon becomes the most important person in Walt's life, for better and for worse. Some of Walt's most devastating decisions can even be owed to his feelings about Jesse, from letting Jane (Krysten Ritter) die to protect Jesse from his addictions, to poisoning Brock (Ian Posada) to re-win Jesse's allegiance against an enemy, to his last act of storming the white supremacist compound where Jesse was held prisoner. Though Walt implies that he considers Jesse to be a nephew, he also often regards him as a nemesis, and it is Jesse who earns the final showdown with Walt before he dies, not his family or other rivals.
Breaking Bad Walt Gambling Games
One could easily argue that the real beauty of Breaking Bad is how Walt and Jesse become eternally bonded but also polarized, constantly orbiting one another like the atoms Walt taught about in his halcyon days. In that case, the two characters would at least be on equal footing in terms of importance. If you consider the fact that their series-long dance ends with just one man left standing, however, perhaps Walt's final sacrifices proves that Jesse was the show's true centerpiece after all.