Breaking Bad: The Tragic Love Story of Walt & Jesse | Entertainment Freak
6 days ago The "odd couple" aspect of Walt and Jesse's relationship is apropos for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the opposite way at which. The catalyst of Walt and Jesse's relationship came in last night's episode, “Rabid Dog,” where Walt has invited Jesse to meet with him in a. The final acts of “Felina” remind us that if Breaking Bad is Walter White's story, it's Jesse Pinkman's too. From the outset, Jesse has wanted.
When Badger foolishly sold meth to the undercover cop on the sidewalk bench, it could be chalked up to his own stupidity and the risk inherent in selling drugs. But Combo isn't coming back. He sold the drugs Jesse made in the spot where he was instructed to sell them.
Combo was only there because of Jesse, and now Combo is dead. The downward spiral eventually consumes Jane when she is allowed to overdose by the on-looking Walt.
Too stupefied to glean Walt's presence, Jesse is helpless to save her by the time he achieves consciousness the next morning. There are parallel storms steaming through Albuquerque. Walt's is the larger, more formidable one, wantonly causing mayhem at his pleasure and growing in size and scope in proportion to his fledgling empire.
Jesse's storm is smaller and of the more regretful sort. The body count in his corner isn't as high, but it's much more personal. The people Jesse is indirectly responsible for killing are people he cared for and even loved.
Without them, he seeks to anesthetize himself until he can join them. Aside from the occasional scotch, Walt never partakes in anything that might alter his reality. Reality seems to suit him just fine and all the more as the violence and his stature grows while Jesse prefers to fade away in a drug den in the worst part of town ever conceived on television.
It's an act that drips of selfish motivation, but when Walt rescues Jesse from the fate that certainly awaits him in the drug den against the advice of seen-it-all hitman Mike Ehrmantrout, the depth of Jesse's pain is revealed.
He knows he might as well have stuck the plunger in Jane's arm himself. She may have been the more experienced heroin user, but he was her lighted path back to the dark world of addiction.
Walt wants Jesse to live, but only because he's the only person he can implicitly trust. Walt puts Jesse in rehab not to get him healthy and readjusted to properly re-enter society. No, Walt just wants Jesse well enough to get back in the game. Grief-stricken Jesse is useless to Walt and by extension useless to the terrifying Gus Fring. When Jesse gets out, Walt has a whole new place for him to sink. Gale was originally Jesse's replacement.
He had the formal training, the personal stability, and the temperament to carry out the daily task of cooking two hundred plus pounds of blue methamphetamine at a time. Of all the characters to whom Breaking Bad has introduced its audience, Gale occupied his place in the meth underworld with the least baggage.
He was a gentle, middle-aged chemist whose reasoned libertarian beliefs justified his entre into large-scale meth manufacturing. He valued the brilliance of Walter's formula as explicitly as he did a nice cup of tea enjoyed in the company of some background Italian opera.
But Gale is Gus' guy and outside of Walt's purview. He wants Jesse's classical approach to meth making as opposed to Gale's jazz. It's all a ruse of course. Walt just wants Jesse there to provide him a level of comfort and a buffer for when push finally comes to shove. Fresh out of rehab and of clear mind that he not only caused the death of Jane, but also the deaths of everyone on-board the s that crashed as a result of Jane's father's grief, Jesse has a clearer sense of right and wrong.
He retains the same debilitating self-loathing for the wrongs for which he is responsible, but he now seems keen to actually do something about them. Becoming romantically involved with Jesse is an inherently dangerous proposition, but Andrea doesn't know that.
She shares Jesse's weakness for meth, but provides a comforting rebound from the horrific ending of his last relationship. When Jesse finds out that Andrea's year-old brother Tomas the young boy who killed his friend Combo was murdered by two street-level drug dealers, Jesse chooses to act.
It speaks to the level of the grief that Jesse still feels that he brazenly attempts to murder the bad guys who killed Tomas.
The beatings he suffered at the hands of Tuco and Hank came without much of a fight. It isn't that Jesse is a wimp; he merely operates with the requisite level of fear that any reasonable person might exhibit when exposed to such brutality [The scene in Season Two in the episode entitled "Peekaboo" where Jesse tries to steel himself to burst into the house of meth-heads who previously robbed Skinny Pete by reciting tough-guy, "Give me the money, bitch! Standing in the spot not far from where his friend Combo and Andrea's little brother were murdered, brandishing a gun, ready to kill or be killed.
Of course it doesn't happen. Walt gives them the full-onmph-Pontiac-Aztek treatment just as they are about to lay waste to Jesse. Jesse doesn't know it, but Walt has a larger purpose in store for him. He's more than willing to take over the role of avenger if it means keeping Jesse alive to eliminate the man tapped to now replace Walt: In the frantic last moments of Gale's life, Jesse finally joins Walt in that deepest and darkest place in the amoral world.
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Up until this point, Jesse and Walt are killers of a very particular sort. Sure they've had to work as a team to eliminate some seriously bad dudes that wanted them dead here and there. But Gale is no such person. It's no matter though.
Gale has been groomed by Gus to replace Walt and for that reason, he has to die The fallout from Jesse's first foray into cold-blooded murder is predictable. He is not equipped with the tools or the psychopathic personality to inure himself from the anguish that accompanies shooting a man in the face at close range.
Jesse can't be pragmatic about it, he can't bargain away his emotions to the point where he can reconcile that what he did had the tangible effect of keeping Walt, and by extension himself, alive. All that Jesse sees is the horror of the moment. The helpless look in kindly Gale's eyes. So if Walt won't let Jesse go to a crackhouse to die, easier to bring the crackhouse home.
Jesse doesn't have the heart or the fortitude to kill himself, so the death-by-cop routine that he enlists by stealing meth from Gus to keep the endless party at his house going has a reasonable chance of getting the job done. After indirectly killing Combo, Jane, and whole planes-full of people, Jesse tried the passive route to achieve permanent respite from what he has wrought on the world. While stealing from Gus Fring is not a sure thing the way shooting yourself is, he has every reason to think that his death is a likely outcome.
The grief that weighs on Jesse is so immense that it almost hurts to see Gus choose the unconventional route of hugging Jesse even closer instead of pushing him off a cliff. Much like Walt, Gus sees utility in Jesse.
Jesse and Walt may have created a surprisingly strong relationship, but they were never on an equal plane. Although this dramatic difference in power caused many hardships between the two, it did not undermine how invested the two characters were for each other.
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Yet paradoxically this seemed to sprout long-term loyalty towards each other. This was a relationship I had never observed before; it was something special. More important, this scene demonstrates that the power shift that developed through seasons 4 and 5 has reached its conclusion. Jesse can now indefinitely leave Walt behind.
It must have been difficult for the film makers to write the last scene between two complex characters with such a long and twisting emotional bond shared between them. Walt and Jesse came to know each other through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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Despite these changing forms a constant remained. No matter the stage, Walt was always in a position of power. But Walt seems to view Jesse differently. By comparison, Jesse appears strong and intensely stares at Walt with clear distain. Even though chained, Jesse here for the first time is seen as having power over Walt. The tables are turned; now Walt is portrayed as helpless and pathetic.
Walt was defeated and dying. Yet in his cowardice, he tried to use distorted logic to manipulate Jesse one final time.