Originally Posted by Chip R
IIRC, he seemed to be somewhat reconciled with his family in the last episode. He and Skylar seemed at peace with all the money in the storage locker and he seemed to be getting along better with everyone at the party where Hank saw the book.
I don't know if they want him to be re-humanized, though. They have been making Walt more and more unsympathetic as the show has gone on. They don't seem to be giving him any moments where he becomes sympathetic as they did with Tony on the Sopranos and Don on Mad Men. That doesn't seem to be the case with Walt as of yet.
He has to have SOME kind of redemption or regret. Even fleeting, even after a further descent, and almost certainly too little, too late. it would fly in the face of every dramatic convention for him not to, and it would be boring, and everyone would be angry.
I think he has further hell to go through and I think his lessons learned will come from his losing control of the ability to make things better (i.e., he may be regretful, but he cannot be redeemed). But he has to get to something like that in some form. And I agree that's what they were hinting at in the last episode -- he's starting to get back to grips with reality, and then Hank finds the book and spoils it. I can't put my finger on why, but I feel that this came from more than the threat of losing his family. Somewhere inside I think Jesse's moral stance of walking away was a wake-up call to him, and I also think that he has or will come to regret Mike's death. That was the first death that came purely out of anger, not "protection" or defense or even revenge. It was totally ego-driven, and even though he was a jerk as Mike was sitting there dying, I felt like there was a fleeing moment of that realization on Walt's face right after he shot him. I am way too invested in this.