Originally Posted by fjames
Gilligan has said repeatedly that the show is about Walt's transformation. I'd say New Walt is well and truly here, so they just have to figure out what to do with him. I'd guess that applying his new-found people skills to his family and friends will play a part.
And that's the main problem I have with the show: people really don't change like that. Walt was a fascinating mass of contradictions before he faced his near death. He had a strong moral center which kept his explosive anger towards the world in check. He found himself in intense moral dilemmas in which he could still control that anger. I could sympathize with him because I could see he was really a sad man suffering from personality flaws. Now he's just a homicidal drug dealer, killing without a second thought whenever it benefits him. The Walt that spent days
agonizing over whether or not to kill Crazy 8 is now the Walt that spends days finding new and clever ways to kill people who he believes are threats. He'll pop a cap in your head and not even look back at you. He's a killing machine! Bang bang bang!
There's a clear distinction in the show where "Walt" is there in the family settings, and Heisenberg only shows up with his second life. Bringing those two lives together makes sense to me for a last season.
This would get my interest again. I don't believe the old Walt is completely dead and I don't think this is what Walt wanted to be when he grew up. After the nightmare he's been living during the past few months, wouldn't a quiet safe life be tempting again? He never really wanted the money.
Of course Gilligan won't do this. He always wanted the show to be a weekly Scarface bloodbath. He won't bore us with any more scenes of Walt living a legitimate life. He will bore us with more scenes of Marie's kleptomania however.
One way they've kept Walt's character consistent is by letting Walt continue to make poor decisions like he has most of his life. Before the meth cooking, his failure in life is what fueled his repressed anger. Is that going to happen again? He's now without any income other than the car wash (which he didn't want), no meth lab, no one to tell him he's a genius, and no "fat stacks" to hide in his crawlspace. Once again he was the best at something yet he failed failed failed like he always does. Is he going to figure out that he simply cannot win no matter how many lives he kills or ruins?