Okay, well, I hate spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the last episode of Breaking Bad (and if not, WHY NOT??), read no further. [Or just watch this video of the final scene, before it gets taken down]
I was telling a friend last night my own theory about the ending of “Felina”: namely, that Walter becomes Christ (or has been Him all along). He takes a wound in the side (just like Christ), from his own M60 (just like Christ). And the final shot even alludes to his sacrifice, by the way that the shot spins upward and away through the pipes of the warehouse, briefly letting two crossed beams hover over Walt.
This is, of course, OBVIOUS bullshit. Both on my part in suggesting this interpretation, and on behalf of Vince Gilligan & co. for putting IN the obvious (and utterly misleading) Christ imagery. Because Walt is dying for nobody’s sins but his own, and to suggest otherwise is purest bull.
I suggested to my friend (who writes articles for real online outlets, not just rants on Tumblr) that he post an article putting forth my theory, just to see if anyone took it seriously.
……and then I found this article from The Onion’s AV Club, which in all seriousness talks about the anti-hero genre and Breaking Bad. Mostly, it compares Walt with the loveable teddybear that was Tony Soprano—and also with SATAN.
Someone beat me to it. I was jokingly gonna put forth that Walt was Christ (did anyone else notice that if you rearrange the letters, “Walter White” spells “Christ Reborn”?), to see how far I could push it, but Todd VanDerWerff has beaten me to it in this excellent review of the show.
He posits (and has me for one at least partly convinced) that Walt was in fact—or became—Satan Himself. Just a little taste for y’all, of Todd’s masterful analysis:
The genius of the series….is that Walter White is at once every viewer and the Prince Of Darkness. When the series begins to reveal that he’s carried deep reservoirs of anger and resentment for years prior to the pilot, it not only suggests that this is true of Walter, it suggests it’s true of anyone watching. Given the chance, aren’t there old slights you would viciously repay, money or power you would grab? Recognize me, Walter cries at every turn, with every brazen action he takes, and it might as well be the cry of a modern American, ground down by a system that seems designed to keep things rigged. Breaking Bad first aired in 2008, on the cusp of the Great Recession, and its story progressed very little beyond that point. It is steeped in a world where some people were getting lots and lots and lots, and other people were continually getting stiffed. And in those circumstances, is it any wonder that somebody might reach out and take what he felt was rightfully his?
I’m giving up the Ghost, for writing my own satirical article about Walt=Christ, because this is simply so much better.
Todd, you may be a child-murdering sociopathic neo-Nazi (or maybe I’m thinking of someone else), but my GOD, you know Evil when you see it. Well done, sir!