WARNING: This entry contains spoilers.
I’m hitting this a little late, nonetheless I had to follow up on my previous post about the popular Breaking Bad prequel. At the time I wrote it I’d become increasingly worried about the writers’ apparent hesitation to wrap things up climactically. This is especially considering that the season was around seven episodes in at that point. “How”, I pondered, “would the show be able to pick this up at the 11th hour and still land a season renewal after the finale was said and done?”
I’m glad to say that I’m pleasantly surprised; the last two episodes delivered well. Kim Wexler’s car accident, though in the long run just a temporary setback, was painfully directed to the interminable slack she’s been having to pick up, owing to Jimmy’s year long bar suspension. We can easily anticipate this is only going to strain Jimmy and Kim’s relationship as the shock of her accident wears off.
Still, the biggest upset, without question, would be the apparent on screen suicide of Chuck McGill, who’s spiraling madness had become something of a stagnant liability to the show, almost as much as Chuck himself had become a liability to Hamlin Hamlin & McGill. Maybe Chuck could somehow survive having intentionally kicked an oil lamp to the floor, sitting there as his living room burst into flames. But if we know Vince Gilligan, we know that when such a sweeping statement of character development is made, it sticks. To that end, we can presume Chuck McGill is dead.
I’m happy to say the show has been renewed for a fourth season, but waiting a year to see what happens next (and the last time around, I had to wait longer, due to production delays) is tedious considering that this season didn’t build things up the way the last season did. My speculation is that season 4 may be the last. The makers of the show seem to think people will stick around forever as a matter of reverence because the show was born out of the timeless sensibilities of Walter White’s Albuquerque. But take it from this Albuquerquean, even we are close to having had enough, as per the show’s decreased viewership.
So my advice to the writers would be this: tie up the gap between Jimmy/Kim’s storyline and that of Mike/Hector/Nacho, which seem to be running hopelessly parallel and separate at this point, and move everything else along fast. To quote the (likely) late Chuck McGill, “Time being of the essence.”