September 6th, 2012
|07:08 am - Three videos and a fannish theory|
toft_froggy pointed to bironic's multifandom video Starships, to 'Starships' by Nicki Minaj. It is terrific if you like SF. Link given here.
Another video: the Madmen rickroll
A Breaking Bad video: The transformation of WW. (ETA - has many of my favourite Walt+Jesse moments, including Jesse handcuffed to the meth equipment. Here's a follow-up video from the same guy. As he calls himself 'Walter Pinkman' I think he may like the Walt/Jesse relationship as much as I do.)
And here's a speculation about the final scene of Breaking Bad (obviously a big spoiler). It's a comment from the AV Club discussion of the episode. It had never occurred to me, but it could be true. It's also super-super obsessively nerdy about the detail of the Breaking Bad universe.
Gale didn't give the book to Walt. That's my guess anyway. We never actually saw Gale giving him the book. That's the impression they wanted to leave, but I think it was an intentionally misleading impression.
Gale and Walt talked about Leaves of Grass, and then we see Walt reading it. But we don't see Gale giving it to Walt. I think Walt had it already. If you noticed, it looked like a pretty old book; not something Gale would have bought recently and given to Walt (and he certainly wouldn't give Walt his only copy).
Who gave it to him, then? Gretchen. I had to google it, but Gretchen's maiden name was Black. Therefore also G.B.
And the inscription makes sense. And when Walt chuckles when he reads it, he's not chuckling while thinking of Gale; it's a rueful chuckle when he thinks about how he used to work with Gretchen at Gray Matter.
This also explains why Walt wouldn't destroy this book as he did the other evidence of his crimes; Gretchen gave it to him, he knows that, and doesn't think twice about it.
And so the big irony; Hank figures out who Walt is via a clue that shouldn't even have been a clue to begin with.
Remarkable theory. Could be true. Gretchen's name being Black was flagged up several times - they called their company 'Gray Matter' because it was established by White and Black.
Personally I think Gale would have given Walter his long-owned much-loved copy of Leaves of Grass, and inscribed it. And the coincidence of Walt's two business partners both having the initials GB is one of those non-natural things that Breaking Bad features.
There's so much to be unpacked. But it doesn't feel like an intellectual exercise.
|Date:||September 6th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)|| |
Wow. That would indeed be the ultimate irony.
I know! It explains why Walt would be so reckless as to leave evidence lying around (not evidence) and why he would be so callous as to smile proudly while looking at a love-gift from a man he had killed (not a gift). It's kind of neat.
It would be good structure to resolve the Gray Matter situation, so +1 for this theory. OTOH I can totally iamgine Gale giving his most precious objects to the man he idolizes.
Yes, the Gray Matter story kind of went nowhere, and we never found out what happened.
Some people think Gretchen dumped Walt, and he quit the company as a result. But I think he dumped her, and kind of felt he had to do the decent thing and leave the company to her. That makes him doubly bitter, because he lost a $billion by being the good guy.
I'm a little dubious about the claim that Gretchen's name was Black, since Eliot's last name is Schwartz (German for black, and where the black in Gray Matter comes from according to the birthday party episode) and that would be a hell of a coincidence. But what kills this theory as far as I'm concerned is that the damning inscription is clearly in Gale's handwriting - it looks just like the similar inscription in his notebook and even uses similar phrasing.
Yeah, I have looked into it since I posted that and I agree with you on those points, and Vince Gilligan seems to be saying the book is definitely Gale's
I believe that Gray Matter actually came from the fact that Elliott's last name was Schwartz (black in German)not because of Gretchen's name. I don't think Gretchen's maiden name was ever mentioned.
Apparently Gilligan confirmed in an interview with Alan Sepinwall that Gale did give the book to Walter.
Yes, I read that interview, and I think that definitively disposes of that theory