So, my question is, is Walter White still out there?
Gretchen Schwartz: No, he's not.
Charlie Rose: You sound very sure.
Gretchen Schwartz: I am. I can't speak to this Heisenberg that people refer to, but whatever he became, the sweet, kind, brilliant man that we once knew long ago. He's gone.
While we learn throughout the series that Breaking Bad is a lot more complex than a good man becoming a bad man, at its core the show has always been about Walter White the family man vs. Heisenberg the drug lord.
This episode makes it clear that Walter White is “dead”. His family wants him gone, and he sold one of the few other people he cared about (Jesse) into Neo-Nazi slavery. But what is going to make the finale interesting is that Heisenberg is “dead” as well. We see through his failed intimidation attempts and vulnerability after Hank’s death that he is no longer the hardened criminal he thought he was. But he isn’t Mr. Lambert either, since he isn’t content with just rotting in a New Hampshire cottage. So the man we see in the finale is going to be someone we’ve never seen before; a combination of everything “Walter White” has at one point been through the last 61 episodes.
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