There’s only one thing left for Walter White. Death.
After four and half seasons and one of the most satisfying character arcs on television, Bryan Cranston‘s career-defining character has nowhere else to go. Showrunner Vince Gilligan has achieved something incredible – almost imperceptively shifting Walt from sad-sack loser to tragic hero, and then tragic hero to full-on villain.
Invariably, by the end of the midway point of season five, it hits you – you’re no longer rooting for Walt. His cause is no longer noble and his flaws have consumed him. His ego, his pride and his thirst for absolute power have made him unrelatable and unlikable – traits hardly any protagonist can sustain for an extended period.
So he has to go.
With that spirit in mind, here’s a look at some possibilities for how the giant that is Walter White might meet his end.
Jesse (odds 2-1)
Aaron Paul‘s Jesse is almost a shoo-in to be the man holding the gun when Walter White goes down. Gilligan has teased it over and over – the closeup of the watch that Jesse gave Walt ticking down to midnight in “51” being the most obvious foreshadowing.
It could be Jesse finds out about the truth behind Brock’s poisoning, or it could be something else. But Walt has manipulated Jesse Pinkman too many times for it to not blow up in his face.
Skyler (odds 3-1)
In an ironic twist, Skyler has become something akin to what Walt was at the start of the series: a person defined by her need to care for her family. That was all that drove Walt, before he got a taste of real power. Now, it’s the only thing that drives Skyler.
She’ll to anything to save her family – like feign suicide to get the children out of the house. It’s not a stretch to say she’d kill Walt to do it. Especially considering she’s flat out said that she’s waiting for his cancer to come back and finish the job.
The cancer (odds 5-1)
It’s easy to forget about Walt’s cancer, seeing as it hasn’t really been a factor on the show for months now. But seeing as checkups haven’t been mentioned either, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the cancer is already back, and Walt is just keeping it to himself.
And if that was true, the case could be made that Walt can’t face his terminal illness and is trying to get himself killed – hence the stark differences in his character from season one until now. It’s long-term suicide.
After this long, Heisenberg has become the white whale to Hank’s Captain Ahab. After the big reveal at the mid-season mark, Hank will no doubt be gunning for his brother-in-law. But agent Schrader seems to lack the killer instinct to take Walt down.
The Cartel (odds 50-1)
The Mexican drug cartel is no doubt in shambles after Mike, Jesse and Gus Fring decimated its ranks in season four. But they’ve made plays on American soil before, and without Mike around to keep things in order, they could come after Walt and/or Jesse again.
Junior (odds 75-1)
It seems unlikely, but Walt Jr could finally discover his dad’s secrets and lose it.
Hule (odds 100-1)
There’s always the chance that he could fall on him.
Baby Holly (odds 10,000-1)
Hey, it happened to Mr. Burns!
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