Originally Posted by vaticanplum
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.
I think Jessie is the one true likable character in the show. I think he is the one guy who most fans would want to see survive. He has always kinda been this reluctant sidekick who let Walt walk over him. For the most part Walt has protected him but seemed to get mad whenever Jessie didn't respond to his wishes.
In the past season there were two changes I noticed with Walt. The first one was when he killed Mike. I think it showed that if you stood in his way Walt was going to kill you. Then at the end of the season you have Walt seemingly at peace with being out of the game.
The only thing we do know is Saul survives because he has a spin off. Other than that I am clueless. In the back of my head now I keep going back to when Walt said something akin to "I am the one who knocks." Is the foreshadowing that started the previous season Walt on a rampage to defend his family?