And I thought, you know maybe, I knocked on his door. The music stopped and he was right there. When he saw the gun, um, he thought. I don't know what he thought, he was just so scared.
Jesse is describing his murder of Gale in Season 3 finale “Full Measure”. Gus was planning to kill Walt (and Jesse) and replace him with Gale. Walt finds out and orders Jesse to kill Gale so that Gus cannot dispose of them. Jesse goes to Gale’s apartment, knocks on his door, and shoots him. Gale was a kind and mild-mannered man who was never shown to directly harm another character on the show, and because of that Jesse was plagued with guilt for much of the fourth season.
In a sense, the white supremacists are a part of this series to show what really happens when you decide to cook crystal meth. Up until now we have been led to believe that the consequences are making a shit ton of money, and having to escape from crazy situations with science. The villains we meet might have been evil and crazy but there was something awesome about them that drew us all in. This isn’t the case with the supremacists. There’s no frills about them. They just kill loose ends without dropping any iconic scenes.
The point Gilligan is trying to make here is that most of the results of joining the meth trade don’t belong in a TV show; there’s no ricin or fulminated mercury or wheelchair bombs in the real world, just guns used to kill your family if you cross someone. And this scene reaffirms the idea that we are finally going to see the real consequences of each character’s actions. The show spent seasons developing Jesse as a complex character: a drug dealer with a heart. But all of that work gets written off here in a few seconds as “being a pussy.” The end is near, and every indication BB has given us over the years that being a crystal meth dealer is a glamorous job is about to get torn down.
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