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Friday, August 23, 2013

Final Shot of the Series (i.e. tick, tick, tick...boom; or...tick...tick...tick...whimper...whimper...end?)

Travel like a king
Listen to the inner voice
A higher wisdom is at work for you
Conqering the stumbling blocks come easier
When the conqueror is in tune with the infinite
Every ending is a new beginning
Life is an endless unfoldment
Change your mind, and you change your relation to time
You can find the answer
The solution lies within the problem
The answer is in every question
Dig it?
-Funkadelic, "Good Thoughts / Bad Thoughts," Standing on the Verge of Getting it On

Why say goodbye?
We are born again when we died, but
We will never leave our lives
Everything that ever will be always has
Been and everything that ever has been always will be
-Apollo Sunshine, "We Are Born When We Die," from 4x12 "End Times"

What's it gonna be, then, Gilligan?

The last episode of Breaking Bad will be one of the most unique and cathartic experiences of my life so far; I'm as confident in that as I am in saying that the sun will rise tomorrow (yeah...I could die before either happens and the infrastructure of civilization could collapse, but I'm trying my best to avoid failing airplane debris and  hell-fire).

What will the final shot be? I still think Saul may get the last "word," but we may get to see Walt mumbling out different reiterations of number before he collapses.

I think the final image will be an obscure symbol, in the vein of the pink teddy bear, it's eyeball, Tortuga's head on un tortuga, the fly, the roach, the tarantula. It will be a microcosm of the show's entire structure, a rubix cube that may seem impenetrable at first; but that reveals profound pathos once it is unlocked.

A "finale" clue likely lies in the "Ozymandias" promo. See a previous post for more information, or rewatch the clip, and look and listen carefully....

Based on "Buried," and its scenes with Walt burying the cash in the desert (and it's heavily stylistic and emotional undertow and aftermath), I think I know where Gilligan and crew are going (or at least, where they-want-you-to-think, they're going)...

We won't see Walt die, but he'll be dying (either from Ricin, bullet wounds, cancer; from a heart that has finally broke for good, after his soul broke bad).

Since the show took extra care to show that Walt memorized the numbers of the latitude and longitude of where he stored the cash, (the entire sequence is full of shots that echo Walt's most pivotal sequences in the show, so it's clearly one of the most important scenes of the final far. I'll return with details and some shot by shot comparisons later this weekend...promises!), clearly its setting up for a "douche chill" moment where he can't even remember something as easy as a few numbers. 

For a man so reliant on words to construct reality and avoid responsibility  his intellectual vanity and basic recall of truth must be what fails him last. Language goeth after the pride goeth, after the fall, and before the complete collapse.

If he loses everything, and is in even more of an exile than the one we see him in the "No-Where-Man" flash-forwards, than that giant symbol of an-idealistic-america-dream-turned-existential-nightmare (I'm talking about cold, hard, cash here) will be the illusory windmill he seeks.

The final image may be one that has occurred and reoccurred  an extreme long shot of the desert. Walter White, a former human capable of doing right and being a father, made to appear as a speck amidst and bare and boundless desert. The show's universe in a grain of sand....

The sorrow.

The fury.

The sound.

The thunder.

The joy.

The pity.

Signifying nothing...?
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: 
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” 
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay 
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare 

The lone and level sands stretch far away."
...No; perhaps everything.

Or maybe it'll be Huell and Bogdon riding a flying shark over the city of Albuquerque...

Until then, how do you think the show will end; and also, how do you think it should end? Or maybe, like the energies of life...will it ever really end...?

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