Holy shit. It's not like you're rooting for Walter White to succeed, but when a woozy Walter en route to surgery said that in response to Skyler's asking him where his cell phone was, and you saw in Anna Gunn's reaction the complete recognition of what that meant ... it's hard for me to think of a moment on tv recently which made me shudder like that, with all the implications of what might follow—and, indeed, did follow just minutes later. Skyler's indictment of him was just devastating, all the "lies on top of lies on top of lies" being exposed, and falling apart. Whatever the truth is, she is properly afraid to know.
So many memorable moments these past few episodes -- the gears turning in Walter's mind while letting Jane asphyxiate on her own vomit, like Tony Soprano in "Kennedy and Heidi"; Jesse's floating in a heroin haze; Walter's making Flynn do the tequila shots (and Hank's confrontation re: same -- "My son! My bottle! My house!"); "Smoking marijuana, eating Cheetos and masturbating do not constitute plans in my book"; Walter and Jesse in the desert with the scientfically-possible MacGyvered battery; the introduction of mild-mannered chicken magnate Gus Fring, which I know is something which will matter long-term; Walter's well-meaning? selfish? efforts to shake Jesse out of his junkie-dom; that bar scene with Walt and Jane's dad and his traumatic falling apart over the final episode; Walt missing Skyler's labor which could have been a cliche, yet still felt like a gut punch; I woke up. I found her. That's all I know. And then Walter got his biblical comeuppance raining down on him from above. Literally.
[I am not yet crazy about Saul Goodman. A bit too comic for this universe. But I'll deal. (Also, what happened to the Mexican cartel which decapitated Tortuga?)]
This show is just gut-punching in terms of realizing how far Walter White has gone, so quickly, though I kinda wish there had been 2-3 episodes before the pilot so we could have seen Decent, Meek Walter before the storm. That man is long gone now, and I love this Vince Gilligan quote from the postseason interview with Sepinwall:
In that moment, at the end of season two, he doesn't realize it, but he's responsible for the whole world figuratively coming to an end around him. It's not deus ex machina, there's another term we were talking about, Lucifer ex machina, "Devil from the machine" -- it's the opposite. It almost could feel kind of random, but it's not. It's a butterfly effect. All these gears have been turning, this particular outcome was stuff Walt put into motion a long time ago by choosing to cook crystal meth.
I'll start season three tonight as soon as the NBA Finals get boring.