Breaking Bad: 5 Ways the Show Might End

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Hank (Dean Norris) and Walt (Bryan Cranston)

Warning: This post contains spoilers both real and imagined.

It's the beginning of the end.

The second half of Breaking Bad's fifth and final season starts Sunday, August 11. The eight-episode run will conclude Vince Gilligan's award-winning crime drama about chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter "I Am the One Who Knocks" White, his family, partners, and enemies. Based on what the show's actors and Gilligan have said, viewers are in for a bloodbath.

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As fans parse the interviews, teaser videos, and recaps of the last installation of episodes, the million-dollar question is: How will Breaking Bad end? A few scenarios come to mind. Some we're hopeful about, and others we shudder to imagine. Through the remaining episodes we'll continue mulling over the cable masterpiece and how its characters' stories will be resolved -- or not. Of course, the current mulling does yield interesting results. Here are a few theories we've cooked up.

Hank Prevails
If there is any justice in blue-meth-addled Albuquerque, Walt's brother-in-law Hank, who serves as the show's moral compass, will reveal that the former chemistry teacher is a murderer and all-around despicable human. At the end of the last string of episodes, Hank realized that his nerdy, cancer-afflicted relative and Heisenberg, he of porkpie hats and manipulation, are one and the same. Here's hoping he can use his position as a DEA agent to bring down the kingpin and get Jesse on board to take down Heisenberg.

Walt Survives, Is Evil Forever
We genuinely hope this isn't how ish goes down. But we can't help but consider Walt winning as a possible outcome. The goateed one knows no remorse. He wants power -- and anything that gets in his way is worth crushing, poisoning, running over, belittling, and/or generally annihilating. Unless he makes a major mistake (which we think Jesse Plemons' character Todd might qualify as), his desire to preside ruthlessly over his druggy kingdom could conquer all.

Walt Dies of Cancer
Twist! Instead of finishing the season as a major force of evil, Walter White will be confined to a hospital bed. This one doesn't seem super-likely, but he would be able to easily foot his medical bills this time around.



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16 comments
Daniel Farr
Daniel Farr

walt jr. trys the blue joins ab and machine-guns everyone........

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Well New Times you were wrong on every one.

Brett Giles
Brett Giles

How did this spoil anything? All they said is one of these endings is no longer possible, anything else you might infer is completely your own fault.

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Its going to end very badly for everyone. Looking forward to a twist! I hope there is a twist at the end!

Robert Haasch
Robert Haasch

Note to self...stay off the internet tonight

Phil Aguilar
Phil Aguilar

Everything will end up on Todd's shoulders since he's producing the same product Walt had been! Walt has been away while it was being produced and has witnesses..!

Brennan Johnson
Brennan Johnson

WW saves Jesse and gets his money back then splits with Jesse.

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

way to spoil it for anyone who hasnt seen this season!

Kenn Tomasch
Kenn Tomasch

I guess no one has considered just waiting a few hours and watching the show?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I like "Hank Prevails" as the partial probable outcome with Walter biting a 45 cal served up by his bro in law.  However, instead of Jessie taking over, what about Walt's wife taking over management of the meth kingdom?  She has shown the smarts, the guile, a larcenous streak and possibly even a touch of evil in her own right.   

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