Warning: There are major spoilers ahead!
If you weren't watching MTV's Video Music Awards Sunday night, you were most likely tuned into the other most talked about event of the evening, "Breaking Bad."
Season 5 Episode 11 "Confessions" has easily become one of our favorite episodes of the AMC series to date.
Between backstabbing, blackmail, a desperate DEA agent and brother-in-law, and a broken Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), the episode was a lot to process.
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) continued to deal with the fall out of his brother-in-law finding out he's Albuquerque's big meth dealer and it quickly became uncomfortably ugly.
Paul's character was on the verge of tears the entire episode as he was grappling not only with his future, but in grappling with his allegiance to his chemistry teacher.
Normally, the audience finds it difficult to root against meth kingpin Walter White; however, seeing the absolute pain and destruction he has brought upon his former student and now his family, the man is teetering so dangerously close to the edge of collapse that it's difficult to root against Jesse and Hank.
What had us on edge about this episode? Let's discuss.
1. Marie tells Walt he should just die.
Over, what easily becomes the most awkward double dinner date ever, Walt and Skyler meet up with in-laws Hank and Marie to discuss the elephant in the room: the knowledge that Walt has been living a secret double life as a meth dealer.
What's a DEA brother-in-law to do? Does he turn in his brother?
Marie has a simpler solution to the entire problem: "Why don't you just kill yourself, Walt? … Just kill yourself … This whole thing dies with you."
Walt had another idea: he got up and left Hank with a "confession" tape.
In between all of this, an all-too-eager waiter continued to chime in and ask the group for orders of guacamole. The interruptions were happily welcomed as some of the only comic relief in the otherwise high-suspense episode.
2. Walt's "confession" tape turns out to be blackmail!
We knew Walt wouldn't go down without a fight.
Rather than turn himself in to the police, he decides that if he's going to go down that he's going to take Hank down with him.
We then sit in shock as Hank and Marie watch Walt spill a twisted, convoluted tale of the DEA cop being the real mastermind behind the meth empire. Poor Walt was forced into being his chemist.
The blackmail was perfect because Walt notes that his drug money, a little more than $177,000, paid for Hank's medical expenses when he was badly injured in season 3.
Unfortunately, that news was a huge blow to Hank who had no idea his medical treatment wasn't covered by his insurance.
3. Jesse goes ballistic on Walt.
This is where the episode begins to get really emotional.
Right now, Hank has nothing more than conjecture, and without Jesse's — or Skyler's — testimony, he has no evidence against Walt. The best course of action for Walt is to get Jesse out of the picture.
After Jesse reluctantly meets up with Walt in the desert, Walt begins giving the kid this speech about starting his entire life over with a clean slate. However, to Jesse, it's clear Walt wants nothing more than to get his former partner-in-crime out of town and out of the picture and for the first time all episode, he loses it.
"For once, can you stop working me? … drop the whole concerned dad thing and tell me the truth. It's really about you — you need me gone because your brother-in-law is never going to let up."
Jesse then asks Walt if he'll kill him the same way he killed Mike. As an audience member, your heart sinks because you think, this is it. Jesse's starting to figure out the truth about Walt and Walt may just off him.
It's sad, because from watching early episodes of the series, it's clear that Jesse really looked up to his high school teacher. His mother told him previously that she believed White was the only teacher who believed in him and tried to push him to his full potential.
In response, Walt does the only thing he can and holds Jesse — this broken man — in his arms. However, Jesse doesn't try to hold him back.
4. Jesse figures out that Walt poisoned Brock!
Saul's (Bob Odenkirk) henchman Huell makes a grave mistake when he pick pocketed Jesse at his lawyer's office.
Jesse's ready to follow Mr. White's orders, pick up and leave town with a new identity, but he finds a stash of drugs missing after bumping into Huell.
Jesse immediately flashes back to a similar occurrence, when he thought Huell swiped a ricin-filled cigarette off of him for Walt to poison a little boy (Brock) in season 4.
However, we all know, including Jesse, that Brock wasn't poisoned with ricin — it was lily of the valley.
In a behind-the-scenes video on the episode, both Aaron Paul and show creator Vince Gilligan expand on Jesse's reaction.
"At the end of the day, Jesse was completely right about Walt poisoning Brock," says Paul. "He's broken inside."
"He realizes Saul's place in this scam that just really played a number on Jesse's head and all hell breaks loose," says Gilligan.
5. Jesse loses it — beating Saul to a bloodied pulp and covering the inside of Walt's house in gasoline!
After the realization that Walt isn't the man he thought he was, he races back to Saul and punches him senseless before racing over to Walt's — in Saul's Cadillac — and getting ready to torch his home.
Prepare for an entirely different ...
... darker side to Jesse we've never seen before.
Other observations: Somehow Walter Jr. is STILL the only one — other than baby Holly — in the dark about his father's true nature. Instead, he thinks everyone's troubled about Walt's cancer coming back. Poor Jr.
Photo of the night:
Saul's license plate. Lawyer up!
We've been waiting for an ultimate showdown between teacher and student since Walt let Jesse's girlfriend choke to death on her own vomit in season 2.
We're pretty excited — and equally terrified — to see Pinkman exact his own brand of (reckless?) vengeance next week.
What are your thoughts on "Confessions"? Sound off in the comments.
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