Breaking Bad: Season 5 Episode 13: "To’hajiilee" Recap

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In “To’hajiilee“, photos of a brain splattered corpse and a barrel of cash brings Heisenberg to his knees.

Continue Reading for my spoiler filled thoughts and reaction to Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 13 “To’hajiilee”.

Holy f*ck! My heart is racing. I have to pace around first before I can write my thoughts down.

‘To’hajiilee started out as a brilliant cat and mouse game that escalated into a guns blazing bullet storm. One moment Hank has apprehended the almighty Heisenberg then the next moment, all hell breaks loose.

With all the action movies I’ve watched, I can be fairly apathetic to violence. But since I’m completely wrapped up in the show, I felt what each main character was feeling as the episode unfolded from utter defeat to triumph to extreme anxiety.

The violence was not so much a release from the emotions leading up to the gun fight but an exclamation mark that will carry over into the next episode. Unlike some action movies, violence on Breaking Bad is never played for titillation. It’s brutal and there are always consequences.

I was really worried for Hank and Gomez in the final scene. We know from the flash forwards that Walt is not in jail and even when he called off Uncle Jack, we know they are coming armed to the teeth. And with a handful of episodes left, bodies are bound to drop like flies.

I believe Hank realized the men in the trucks where the homicidal white supremacists working for Walt which could be the reason why he didn’t put his gun down when outnumbered two to five.

Either way, those trigger happy maniacs were going to fire at Hank and Gomez whether they had police ID or not. And Hank knew it. Talk about suck shot. Yeah, there was some distance between them, but for hired guns they need more target practice. However, the gun fight is not over and I think someone will die. I’ll put my predictions on who will live and die at the end of this post.

The moments of rejoice and “I love you” that Hank shared with Marie felt like a final call goodbye. It would be so cruel and ironic yet perfectly Breaking Bad. Poor Marie, in her mind she’s relieved when in actuality it could be her worst nightmare come true.

Walt had an opportunity to take out everyone – Jesse, Hank & Gomez, that posed a threat to him but he called off Uncle Jack (or so he thought). It was the ace up his sleeve that he couldn’t use. He was willing to sacrifice himself and everything he worked for to spare the life of his family member. Could this be a sign of things to come in the final episode?

Backing up a bit, last episode was about giving Walt a reason to kill Jesse. As we see this week, Walt is still oddly protective of his protegΓ©, insisting to Uncle Jack that the kid is not a rat.

But the turning point is when Walt realizes Jesse turned, calling him a coward. Walt has done some seriously violent crimes yet pushing Jesse is like the most physical outburst of anger I can remember, albeit past seasons are a haze to me.

The hyper rational side to Walt that has faithfully served as his survival instinct has become unhinged like an exposed nerve. Speeding through the desert with Jesse on the phone, was incredibly suspenseful and also alarming, knowing Walt is finally bested at his own game after being on top for so long.

Walt is usually careful with his words like telling Todd he has a “job” for Uncle Jack. Hearing him list off all of his kills on the phone shows how desperate he is.

Especially in the final season, Breaking Bad has excelled at calling back story strands like the lottery ticket with the GPS coordinates. However one story that may forever remain a mystery is how Walt exactly poisoned Brock. I can’t read too much into Brock’s expression – scared or shy, but I wonder if he remembers Walt and not from that time at Jesse’s apartment.

Heading into the final run, I’ve been anticipating the Hank vs Walt chess match. I expected Walt to play dirty like visiting/threatening Andrea to flush out Jesse but Hank is not holding back either. Gotta love the brain splattered pic of Jesse and manipulating Huel. Hank was careful in staying within the law by telling Huel he wasn’t under arrest and could leave anytime. But Hank scared the crap out of Huel if he left or used the phone. A Heisenberg move if I saw one.

Another cold open featuring Todd and it didn’t disappoint. Giving extra screen time for Todd seems to be building him up as the big nemesis Walt has to take out with the semi-automatic he bought outside the diner in episode 501.

The way Lydia turned down Todd’s offer to get his Uncle to talk to the buyers, “I’ll pass, thanks” is like a double entendre about his feelings for her. But Lydia’s smart enough to use the strange attraction to her advantage in asking Todd to cook purer meth. What’s even creepier is Todd putting his lips on top of Lydia’s lipstick marks on the cup. Could Lydia be his next prey?

Okay, I have some crackpot predictions for how the gun fight will turn out. The best play I can see for Hank to get out alive is taking Walt as a hostage. Uncle Jack needs to make the blue high purity meth so he’s not going to risk the life of Walt. The problem with this theory is I can’t see Jack letting Hank go.

Unfortunately, in a violent confrontation there needs to be casualties. Gomez is going down but not without an escape attempt. With Walt and Hank taking off, Jesse will be at the mercy of Uncle Jack’s gang. But instead of killing him, they will hold Jesse hostage to make blue meth. That ends my fun prediction which probably won’t happen.

Who will live and who will bite the bullet next episode? Since Uncle Jack has the coordinates, will he unearth the barrels of cash? Do you have any far out theories of your own to share?

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