And with that, we’re on to the opening credits.
HANK AND MARIE’S HOUSE
The theme of this week’s episode is, “dealing with the fallout of Walt killing Gus”. For Skyler, that means trying to piece together what the hell’s been happening. She’s been kept in the dark about most everything.
Right now Skyler is sitting in Hank and Marie’s living room watching the local news reporting on the explosion at the nursing home that killed Gus. At the end of last season, when Gus formally threatened to kill Walt’s whole family, Walt told Sky to take Junior and Gracie to Hank and Marie’s where they’d all be safe while he dealt with the Gus problem. So Sky’s been cooling here heels here while Walt’s been whacking Gus, only Sky has no idea about any of that.
We get a bit of an odd scene here…at the end of Season Four, after he killed Gus, Walt called Skyler. She asked him if he knew anything about Gus’s death, and Walt’s cryptic response was, “I won”. Great fucking line, both badass, and revealing about what Walt’s become—so warped that all he cares about is winning the game, not whether anyone else gets hurt.
You’d think that would be the end of that scene, right? End on a balls-out awesome line like “I won”. Right? Not exactly. Turns out that scene goes on a bit longer. Here, Walt has just told Skyler that he has won, and now we get her response.
SKYLER: “What does that mean, DID YOU KILL GUS?!”
It would kind of be like this:
Rhett: Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.
Scarlet: WAIT DOES THAT MEAN YOU’RE BREAKING UP WITH ME?!
I’ll give them a pass on this one since it’s the season premier.
THE WHITE’S HOUSE
For Walt, the aftermath is more concrete. Killing Gus has created a few messes, starting with a literal one in his kitchen. On the counter is everything he used to make the pipe bomb. of chemicals, pliers, a scale, etc. He gathers them all up and takes them to his car. He goes back inside, pours himself a drink. As he lifts it to his lips, he remembers one incriminating clue, and runs back outside to dispose of the Lily of the Valley. And just as he takes a sip of booze, Skyler, Junior, and the baby return.
Junior still has no idea that his Dad has a secret life, so for him this has been merely the craziest day ever: his uncle Hank proved that the mild-mannered owner of the Los Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurant, Mr. Fring, is actually a drug kingpin, and Mr. Fring is now dead. He breathlessly updates Walt on all of this, even though Walt’s been manipulating these events all along.
But for Skyler, today’s been taxing emotionally. First there was her husband telling her someone had made a death threat against them, and then the knowledge that Gus is actually a drug lord, and THEN the knowledge that Walt killed Gus. She goes to the bedroom to tend to the baby and decompress. Walt follows to do damage control.
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