And yep, it’s Walt all right. That puts this scene two years after the pilot. But wait, now Walt’s got a beard and a full head of hair. Take a look.
If they ever make a Half-Life movie, I know who I want to play Gordon Freeman
We’re in the future! When we last saw Walt, at the end of Season Four, he was still bald from his chemo treatments, so this scene is occurring about a year after the Season Four finale in show-chronology terms
Walt doesn’t seem interested much in his food. The waitress tries to make smalltalk, and she manages to draw a few things out of him. She surmises from the “52” that today is his birthday, and as we all know, Denny’s gives you a free meal on your special day. She offers Walt the freebie, but only if he shows her his driver’s license to prove it. Walt demurs but eventually relents and takes out his wallet.
His driver’s license says he’s from New Hampshire, and that his name is “Lambert”. So, a year after the nursing home explosion that killed Gus, Walt is living under an assumed name. But the waitress also asks him, “What brings you to Albuquerque”, so Walt hasn’t fled home just yet.
This new license could mean all sorts of things, so we’ll come back to it after the recap. For now, a man enters the Denny’s and Walt notices. The guy walks to the bathroom. A moment later, Walt follows.
The mystery guy turns out to be Lawson, the black market gun dealer who sold Walt his first pistol last season. They’ve kept in touch! Good for them.
It appears Lawson and Walt are doing business again. Lawson wants Walt to promise him he won’t let “it” cross the border, and then hands him an envelope and a set of car keys. Inside the envelop, Lawson says, is an instruction manual, presumably for the new gun Walt’s purchased. Last season, Walt bought a snub-nose revolver from this guy, so maybe Walt’s getting an upgrade. But the envelope is really too small to contain a gun, so…where is it?
Lawson wishes Walt luck and leaves. Alone, Walt looks into the mirror and coughs. A reminder, that Walt’s still got cancer in some form—in remission? Malignant? We don’t know. Walt also takes out a bottle of pills and takes some. Maybe medication, maybe painkillers.
On his way out of the Denny’s, Walt stops at the counter and tips the waitress. He leaves her a hundred bucks.
Outside Walt heads to his car. We know it’s his because it has New Hampshire plates.
Hmmm. For a character who lives outside the law, the writers on this show picked a license plate from a state whose motto is “Live Free or Die”. Subtle.
Walt takes out the keyring Laweon gave him and hits the clicker. He hears it beep on a car nearby. He goes over to it, opens the trunk, and inside is…well, have a look:
Why does Walt have to go through a black market dealer to get an M60 machine gun? Fucking Obama is why.
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