After the build-up to this week’s Breaking Bad episode, the title ‘Confessions’ turned out to be entirely misleading, because there were hardly any true confessions at all.
We might have thought that Hank and Jesse would team up after a heart-to-heart in the interrogation room, but that got cut short before there was any hope of anything developing, because Saul had seen Jesse’s paperboy giveaway spree on the news.
So instead we were taken down two separate routes, with Walt trying to both eliminate the threat of his former partner’s guilty conscience and to neutralise the threat from his brother-in-law with a ‘confession’ tape.
When we see him start to make it, we can only assume his mini-breakdown at the end of the last episode was a sign of Heisenberg fading, but not a bit of it. After a tense family showdown at a restaurant, he hands Hank and Marie the disc and unveils his latest masterplan.
The scene where the disbelieving Schraders stand and watch Walt ‘confess’ to helping Hank commit all of his own crimes was brilliant and has already been turned into memes of them watching Miley Cyrus twerking and Bryan Cranston roller-dancing. But none of them diminish the power of the original scene.
Followed by Marie’s confession (!) that Walt paid for Hank’s treatment after he got attacked, it’s clear that Heisenberg has got his foe backed into a corner. How can Hank bring him to justice without implicating himself?
You’d imagine he could disprove the claims that he is the real mastermind behind it all (who would believe THAT anyway?), but taking drug money for his medical bills doesn’t look good.
And then there’s Jesse. In another (much to Saul’s dismay) desert meeting, Walt plays the kindly father-figure role that’s always placated young Pinkman in the past, but he’s seen through it now. Or at least he did until he couldn’t fight it anymore.
So, all that was left was for him to start his new life and the only thing that could stop him would be a packet of cigarettes and some missing weed. To be honest, I found his revelation a little bit of a stretch, which was a shame for such a key moment, but it was explosive TV nonetheless.
Will it push him into Hank’s clutches after all? The seed has been sewn and there can’t be a way back for Walt ‘n’ Jesse now, especially if the White house really does burn.
One thing for certain is that this is still a show firing on all cylinders into the final few episodes and keeps on getting better.