Note: Do not read this article if you haven’t seen episode 7, Rabid Dog.
As Breaking Bad has hit the halfway point in its final season, it’s interesting to speculate on how the series will end. I’ve already discussed the many shades of gray of Breaking Bad, and that article contained some thoughts on the direction the show is taking. But after episode 7, many things are becoming clear. Among them:
- Saul Goodman suggests that Jesse be put down like Old Yeller. Saul is beginning to worry about his life, even more than Walt. Walt seems convinced that he can reason with Jesse, but Saul doesn’t see it that way.
- Skyler has changed from waiting for Walt’s cancer to come back to a woman ready to suggest that Walter kills. After a few vodkas, in their hotel room, Skyler makes it clear that she wants Jesse dead, saying, “Walt, you need to deal with this.”
- Marie is becoming an important and perhaps pivotal character. Seeing her talk to Dave – her therapist, who is seen here for the first time – it’s clear that the impulsive Marie is dealing with a great deal of anger. Will she act on this?
- Hank is seeking a way to take Walt down. He’s struggling to save his career. He has Jesse tell his story in front of a video camera, and his partner Steve Gomez, but Gomez realizes that it’s Jesse’s word against Walt’s, that there’s no solid evidence.
Hank sets up a meet between Jesse and Walt, where Jesse is wired, but he gets spooked and walks away. When Hank picks him up, Jesse says, “I’m thinking there’s another way. To get him. There’s another way. A better way.”
Not present in Rabid Dog were Todd, his uncle, Lydia and the others involved in the current business. They don’t have any need to get rid of Walt, since he’s out of the business. But in the last scene of the episode, we see Walt calling Todd, saying he has another job for his uncle. Most likely involving a trip to Belize.
So many people want to resolve this problem that it seems like they may all get in the way of each other. Which may be the way the series ends.