Red Herrings...or Threads in A Loom-ing Doom and Gloom...?
Think of the old cliché about quote the
mind being an
excellent servant but a terrible master.
This, like many clichés, so lame and unexciting on the surface, actually
expresses a great and terrible truth.It is not the least bit coincidental that
adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves
in: the head. They shoot the terrible master.And the truth is that most of
these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger.
-David Foster Wallace
Ocular proof to follow; followed by brief unraveling...
In the spirit of my current aesthetic engagement with the show, I'm going to cast back, from 5x11, all the snippets that tell me that Hank's journey will end with a self-directed bullet
Beginning with the Most Blatant ClueWatch this clip from episode 5x07, "Say My Name" (you know, the one where Walt kills Mike and any last chance Mr. White had at regaining a sense of logical purpose)...
This scene is full of so many literal and symbolic fore-shadowing, that a part of me suspects foul play on the set-up.
Just watch it, and see how obvious it is. Keep in mind that there's also a "meta-text" that gives away Mike's death. And that the foreboding fourth-wall breaking scene immediately cuts to a person seen prepping for more evil machinations (or the meth-aphorical variety); this person being Walt, the downfall of his bald-brothers (they were better men and fathers to both his surrogate and his real son, so of course his ego would drive him to eradicate their presence, whether directly or indirectly).
An alternative theory to Hank actually committing suicide, is that someone[...who knocks...] will do the dirty deed, and then set it up so that it looks like suicide; this would be a terribly act, disgracing Hank's legacy and being a dramatic apotheosis