Breaking Bad's Upcoming 'Felina' Finale, Explained

...Possibly. This is just a CRACKPOT theory that could ALSO turn out to be totally spot on.

Photo: Frank Ockenfels / AMC

Photo: Frank Ockenfels / AMC

No one knows how Breaking Bad is going to end next Sunday. Well, series creator Vince Gilligan does, because he wrote and directed it. And so do the cast and crew. And, fine, there's also a rabid commenter on another website who swears his cable company accidentally screened the finale and that it involves ricin and death (no duh). Everyone else on the ENTIRE INTERNET has theories about what's going to happen, and I'm here to tell you that they're all wrong. I don't know what kind of prize one wins if they guess the finale's end correctly, but I would like a blue rock candy-filled piñata of a severed head on a triumphant tortuga to display on my mantlepiece this Sunday, because you know what? I've got this.

Breaking Bad's final episode is entitled "Felina," which theorists have dismantled to mean everything from an anagram of "finale" to a derivation of the word "feline," which points to something involving Skyler (Anna Gunn) and whiskers. (Geezus, the internet loves its cats.) There are also mentions of a Filipino TV show, a Pokémon character, and everything else listed under the word "felina" on Wikipedia. I think one of these theories might be slightly correct (stay with me), but that it all points to Marty Robbins's song "El Paso," which features a character named "Felina." I know this song inside and out. It's the first song I learned all the words to, having grown up in the very town in which the song was named. And I think the lyrics might allude to the show's conclusion. Let me take you step by step.

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl.
Night-time would find me in Rosa's Cantina;
Music would play and Felina would whirl.

Breaking Bad takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but El Paso was the site of Hank's (Dean Norris) first brush with the cartels, and his subsequent spiral into Walt's (Bryan Cranston) kingpin darkness. In the song, a cowboy spends his nights in Rosa's Cantina, watching his love, Felina, dance. I've been to Rosa's Cantina. It's a friendly place with cheap shots and a stellar jukebox, but back in the day, it was famously described as a place nice girls don't go. If my hunch is correct, Felina is a metaphor for Walt's double life.

Screens: AMC

Screens: AMC

As Heisenberg, Walt becomes obsessed with the power and money that a being a drug kingpin brings. This power is his Felina, his weakness. But its backbone is the obsessive (destructive) love he also has for his family.

Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina,
Wicked and evil while casting a spell.
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden;
I was in love but in vain, I could tell.

This stanza seems to solidify that theory. Walt's Heisenberg alter ego casts a spell on his regular life. Like the cowboy in the song, he knows Felina will be his ruin, yet he can't run away. He's in too deep, and she is his obsession. However, I have another theory. Does Breaking Bad have a feline character with dark eyes intent on casting a spell? Possibly. But I'm getting to that.

One night a wild young cowboy came in,
Wild as the West Texas wind.
Dashing and daring,
A drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina,
The girl that I loved.

The song "El Paso" is about love, revenge, consequences, and redemption. The cowboy in the song shoots another cowboy who flirts with Felina. On Breaking Bad, Walt has killed anyone who has threatened to take away his power and money (again, his Felina). What did we hear when Hank was shot? Wild southwestern wind. Hank, along with the entire DEA, the cartels, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and now the gang of Nazis have tried to take Walt's Felina away. And he's having none of it.

So in anger I
Challenged his right for the love of this maiden.
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
My challenge was answered in less than a heart-beat;
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.

How many lie dead on Walt's floor? Many. When he chose to cook meth and devote himself to it as a means to a profitable end for his family in the wake of terminal cancer, his choices put many deaths in motion as a result. All of that blood is on Walt's hands. Hank, Gomie (Steven Michael Quezada), and now Andrea (Emily Rios) are his latest victims.

Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done.
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there;
I had but one chance and that was to run.

And run Walt did -- all the way to a remote forest cabin in New Hampshire, under a new identity: Mr. Lambert. There is meaning in this name, which I will get to, but I think it's important to note that Walt was genuinely shocked by Hank's death in "Ozymandias." He was Walter White in Hank's death scene, not Heisenberg, and was rendered catatonic on the desert floor realizing the foul evil he brought on to his brother-in-law. Walt ran away like a dog with his tail between his legs, and not just from the drug crimes that befell him, but from the knowledge that, though he didn't pull the trigger, he was entirely responsible for Hank's death. And what was the final shot in "Ozymandias" as Walt drives away? A dog walking across the road.

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran,
Out where the horses were tied.
I caught a good one.
It looked like it could run.
Up on its back
And away I did ride,
Just as fast as I
Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the bad-lands of New Mexico.

In this case, Walt's horse is the bottom of an empty propane truck, and he didn't run to New Mexico, but away from it. But, again, the cowboy's El Paso is Walt's Albuquerque.

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless.
Everything's gone in life; nothing is left.
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death.

In "Granite State," we live with Walt in depressing solitude in that New Hampshire cabin. His hair grows as his weight drops, and he truly begins to see that everything in his life is gone -- his money, his family, and now his health, as he sits with a crude chemo needle jammed into his arm. In "El Paso," Felina no longer has a name in this part of the song. She's referred to as "the young maiden," which renders her more as a construct than a physical thing; she's so long gone that the singer can't even remember her name. Walt's Felina is the empire he created; it, too, is long gone. But what the cowboy and Walt share is the feeling behind it -- the obsessive, jealous love. The writers of the show have spoken about the end of the show coming when Walt truly sees himself for what he is. That end is coming at full gallop.

I saddled up and away I did go,
Riding alone in the dark.
Maybe tomorrow
A bullet may find me.
Tonight nothing's worse than this
Pain in my heart.

Walt leaves the cabin knowing that, once he's done so, there's no going back; he is no longer protected. Still, his obsession compels him to call his son, Walt Jr. (R.J. Mitte), in one last attempt to get the remaining money to his wife and children -- to make it all count for something. "It can't all be for nothing," Walt sighs into the phone as his son wishes him to "die already." That is a terrible blow to Walt's heart. But what is worse? What actually makes Walt jump on the horse and ride back to the scene of his crimes where he knows a bullet (many bullets) await? His Felina. And he met his Felina long, long ago.

Then Walt sees Gretchen and Elliott (Jessica Hecht and Adam Godley), his multi-millionaire former partners from Gray Matter, chatting with Charlie Rose on TV about his failures, rendering him even more meaningless to them and to his own life on Earth. And he snaps. This is where it all really began. Walter White has been lying dormant waiting to break bad from this inciting incident since well before he ever had cancer. If he'd remained a part of Gray Matter, he would have had the money to pay for his treatments, and might never have chosen a meth-paved path. Everything that Vince Gilligan does is with purpose; many a writer has discussed his taste for the Chekhov's Gun principle. Gretchen and Elliot are Walt's first foes, and they were brought back for a reason. Also interesting to note -- and I'm not the first one to observe it -- are the costume choices. Elliott was wearing a yellow tie, and Gretchen a yellow blouse. Who else wore yellow? Gus Fring, Brock (Ian Posada), and Drew (Sam Webb), the little boy Todd (Jesse Plemons) shot in "Dead Freight."

And at last here I
Am on the hill overlooking El Paso;
I can see Rosa's Cantina below.
My love is strong and it pushes me onward.
Down off the hill to Felina I go.

We know that Walt goes back thanks to the flash-forward scenes peppered throughout this season. We know he'll be driving an old beat-up sedan with an M60 machine gun in the trunk, and we know that he'll be carrying the vial of ricin he removed from the wall socket of his shuttered house. What will he do with all of this? What is his goal?

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Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys;
Off to my left ride a dozen or more.
Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me.
I have to make it to Rosa's back door.

Are the five mounted cowboys Todd and the Nazis? There were five of them at Hank's shootout. Are the dozen or more the police who are hot on Heisenberg's tail? I'm guessing yes. There's going to be major heat for Walt in his final hour.

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side.
Though I am trying
To stay in the saddle,
I'm getting weary,
Unable to ride.

From the coughing fit in front of Saul (Bob Odenkirk) to the blood coughed up in the flash forward at the beginning of the season, I think it's safe to say that Walt's escalating cancer will play a part in his ultimate demise. It will continue to slow him down and wrestle him in the saddle as we come full circle to how this dastardly cowboy's tale began. But that's not what will kill him.

But my love for
Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen,
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest.
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle.
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.

We know that Walt is on a mission when he decides to flee the coming police at the end of "Granite State," and that mission involves Gray Matter. Will Elliott and Gretchen -- who we know have millions of dollars, being filtered through a charitable fund -- see the barrel of that gun or (not) taste that ricin? As they foreshadowed to Charlie Rose, Walter White is dead, and they don't recognize the existence of Heisenberg. And: THEY'RE IN YELLOW.

The man we are left with at the end of "Granite State" sits at a bar with an Ozymandias-like "wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command."

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Then he vanishes, leaving behind a single glass of whiskey -- all set to the full Breaking Bad theme music. Perhaps the man we see in the finale will be Walt's true break, beyond Heisenberg, propelling him to true action by his own trigger finger. But the question remains: who will ultimately pull the trigger on Walt?

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From out of nowhere Felina has found me,
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
One little kiss and Felina, good-bye.

Who is the "Felina" in the series finale? Is she related to the Felina of "El Paso"? Is she a whirling feline dervish with a wicked glint in her eye? Is she both the ruin and the savior of our wayward cowboy? This is a totally crackpot theory, but what if "Felina" is Marie (Betsy Brandt)? In Sunday's episode, Marie stares out the window of a police vehicle. She's in protective custody, being driven home in the wake of Hank's death, only she doesn't get to go home and is whisked away when her escorts discover that her house has been broken into. If anyone on Breaking Bad has truly lost everything as a result of Walter White's choices, it's Marie. She's lost her husband, her sister, and now her home. She is alone, swathed in black, and no longer comforted by the warm violets of her environs. Interestingly, in desert gemology, the color purple signifies purpose. And if anyone deserves a shot at Walt -- possibly more than Skyler and Jesse -- it's Marie, the only utterly blameless victim in this whole mess. Also, not that I have that much time on my hands, but what is Marie's maiden name? LAMBERT. Will she be the Felina kiss of death?

  • Mark Blankenship

    Are you kidding me that Marie's maiden name is Lambert?!? That gave me chills.

    Andi, this is a fascinating, perceptive read on the show, and even if the events don't play out just as you've predicted, you've still rocked my face with your analysis. I've wondered, too, if Marie is going to take a powerful final action--killing Walt? killing Skyler?---and you clarify exactly why she's in the perfect position to do it.

  • David T. Cole

    That was a great read Andi. I'd love to see you proven right next Sunday..

  • KidsDrDave

    Marie and Skyler are sisters. Isn't Lambert is, therefore, Skyler's maiden name, too? Why the writers did that, we'll see (or not), but I really doubt it has anything to do with Marie.

  • dobetterish

    Robert Forester also told Walt that Skyler's going by her maiden name again. So in an attempt to separate herself from Walt, she's actually taken his new name.

  • LAguy323

    Interesting and well thought analysis! Such good writing stirs the mind to ponder. We shall soon see... this Sunday!

  • Paula Ward Cirelli

    OK, if Heisenberg can't die because he's coughing/choking and Jesse could save him but doesn't, then I like this scenario. Actually, maybe I like it better. If Marie's gun is purple-handled.

  • Hamish Robertson

    Yet we absolutely know that most of Walt's actions have very much impacted Marie's life, so I really don't think she can be ruled out at all.

    Questions must be asked of why the Vacuum Repair Guy (or was it Saul?) chose "Lambert" in the first place when they surely would have known it's Skyler's maiden name… why Walt didn't balk at being told this "new" name… and whether that's the whole point.

    Also, from NEW Mexico to NEW Hampshire. Hampshire is the birthplace of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. Royalty = purple. Purple = Marie. Military = guns. BOOM [Lights a cigarette.]

  • Andi Teran

    From a 2011 Vulture interview with Vince Gilligan:

    "We decided that Skyler’s sister Marie should love the color purple, and indeed everything she wears and everything she accents her home with is purple... Marie would say purple is the color of royalty. Color is important on Breaking Bad; we always try to think in terms of it. We always try to think of the color that a character is dressed in, in the sense that it represents on some level their state of mind."

  • Eric J.

    I think Lambert was a pretty good name for Walter to pick - it's familiar enough to him that it wouldn't be too hard to train himself to respond to it and common enough that Walter Lambert, even though it's Skylar's maiden name, isn't going to jog anyone's mind to Heisenberg.

  • Solid_Muldoon

    I always found it funny that the singer in El Paso assumed Felina was a maiden.

  • MilaXX

    Very plausible. I like. If my BrBA color theory is right yellow = danger. My only worry is I think orange = death and Flynn was wearing orange when Walt called him. Hopefully it was just the death of the father/son relationship or the fact that He told Walt to "Die already!"

  • Loch121

    it's Skylar and Marie's middle name, but I don't think walt picked the name.I think the max Cherry did

  • corgi-ears

    Amazing. Meanwhile, I have it on good authority that the Mad Men series finale is titled "Lola," and it will play out following the narrative of Copacabana. More or less. YOU READ IT HERE FIRST.

  • JayEff

    A+ for thoughtful, persuasive argument, whether it comes true or not.

  • Ramon Pescador

    Great read, but am I the only one who is still wondering about the Chilean loose end? The cartel was afraid to kill Gus because they knew something about his past connections. Lydia was also already planning the Czech Republic business with Gus before Walt took him out. Might Gus' backers/connections be still in play for the finale?

  • imsolost_wi

    Speaking of yellow, don't forget that Holly was, for the first time I could remember, not wearing pink, but a yellow stocking cap in "Granite State."

    And, just throwing this out there, could Gretchen be Walt's "Felina"? Now that he's lost Skyler, Flynn & Holly, is he going back to some unrequited love he and Gretchen shared? It's a stretch, I know, but hey...I've heard crazier theories.

  • robotoverlord

    Great article whether it's related or not (nice work!). My only thought is that is seems maybe a bit more logical that Felina would be Gretchen? Very possibly Gretchen was Walter's first true love and I would have to go back and look more closely, but Gretchen does have more-or-less a dark-eyed, dark-haired, mexicano/latino/Spanish look to her? She could be the last person that kneels by Walt's side, after he is shot. The shooter could be Marie, though. Or simply the police chasing him...

  • Pearl

    I do think Gretchen was the love of his life.

  • Andi Teran

    I'm still wondering about that too. Lydia definitely has a role to play in the finale, but what?

  • Andi Teran

    Interesting indeed. And just to keep the costuming thread going, someone on Reddit found this INSANE connection between Elliott and Gus. Gus utters to Walt, "Don't make the same mistake twice," and is wearing the exact same costume that Elliott wore to his birthday party in season 1. Elliott one: Gus:

  • Andi Teran

    Interesting indeed. And just to keep the costuming thread going, someone on Reddit found this INSANE connection between Elliott and Gus. Gus utters to Walt, "Never make the same mistake twice," and is wearing the exact same costume that Elliott wore to his birthday party in season 1. Elliott one: Gus:

  • seanmom

    But isn't it also a sign of his defeat and impotence to be castrated by having to take his wife's name? Protected by the very name he took from her as a sign of protection, he is now her vassal.

  • Maria Carolina Bastos

    That analysis was cool! But I still think that Jesse is gonna kill Walt... And I stand to gain a lot of treats if I win. I agree that Marie is the only blameless victim, but Jesse keeps on lising because of Walt, and after he told him about Jane, he deserves it.

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Very cool theories ! Grey matter will def play a role .. Just a thought but wouldn't grey matter be a wonderful way to get tens of millions of dollars to his family ? They just donated 20+ million to a charity so huge sums of money moving around wouldn't send up red flags .. I did say this on a AMC Facebook thread only to have the moderator delete it instantly :) cannot wait for Sunday ! So many ways this could play out and it will most likely be the ending no one thought of - such solid writing and cast !

  • Andi Teran

    I thought the same thing! Gray Matter could be Walt's only way to filter money back to his family. That brief mention of their charitable foundation on Charlie Rose in "Granite State" was for a reason. As Gilligan has stated once before, "The devil is in the details."

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Please don't let all this be for nothing ! Let's see if our little theory pans out - :) .. Or if it's wishful thinking .. If it does I'll meet you back here Sunday night to pop some virtual champagne .. Seriously it's strange a moderator deleted my comment and another by someone agreeing & elaborating more onto the theory - that's what really got my wheels turning ..

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Very cool ! This one is new to me -

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Another little detail I noticed last episode .. Holly wearing that yellow beanie hat that looked identical to the one jesse wore in season 1 .. Jesse will be reborn or new beginning ? Thoughts anyone ?

  • Omar L. Gallaga

    Not to be spoilery about it but I think Vince Gilligan has said in interviews that that was a thread they just weren't able to explore by the time the show was done. (The Gus/Chile part, not the Lydia part)

  • Gregg

    I'd honestly be a little disappointed if some random cop killed Walt vs somebody who really deserves to kill Walt. Meaning Jesse or Marie.

  • Tom McCown

    I don't consider Marie blameless. She could have asked Hank to back off pursuing Walt but she instead pushed him on, and Hank would still be alive if he'd let go of his obsession. The only utterly blameless people I see on the show are Walt Jr. and Holly.

  • TaraAriano

    Why would she tell him to stop? Convicting and incarcerating criminals was Hank's job.

  • Tom McCown

    There are plenty of reasons for Marie to ask Hank to back off. Walter was, after all, family. His exposure could (and did) ruin life for her sister Skyler, Walt Jr. and Holly. Hank himself could be implicated - he said himself his career will be ruined even if he was the one who brought Walt to justice. And there's the fact that everyone who ever went after Heisenberg has ended up dead. She could have asked him not to risk his life over this. But she became obsessed just like Hank did. Hey, Marie is a kleptomaniac, remember? Her actions certainly contributed to the series of events that led to this awful point. I stand by my statement that the only truly blameless characters on the show are Walt Jr and Holly.

  • robotoverlord

    I know what you're saying but murder is still murder, regardless. Unless it is done very clearly in self-defense, which is plausible but if not then it would be legally and morally wrong. Just going strictly by the lyrics of "El Paso" song, where it doesn't quite fit that Marie suddenly becomes "Felina".

  • Andi Teran

    This is genius.


    Poetry. Excellent, thanks.

  • EastVillageDavid

    Holy crap. Yes.

  • Johnny


    Occam's razor.

  • Young Contrarian

    "We know that Walt is on a mission when he decides to flee the coming police at the end of "Granite State," and that mission involves Gray Matter."

    Not relating to your hypothesis but I didn't feel Walt was "fleeing" from police so much as deliberately calling them to him - possibly as a ruse because he wants them looking for him in NH instead of NM.

    If Marie does take Walt down I will be very, very disappointed. I dislike her character tremendously ... a vapid, silly and extremely irritating person. Throughout this entire series I've never really looked at her beyond much more than a place holder in scenes whose only purpose is to provide a vessel in which to pour the character revelations and plot lines of other, meaningful characters. (Hank, Skyler and even Walt.)

    No doubt the Felina tie-in and this post provide a compelling argument though.

  • Matthew Fitchett

    Gray Matter interview may have just been a vehicle for the presenter to say something along the lines of "we know that the infamous blue, very pure variety of meth has been seen again recently".

    I took Walt's immediate leaving to be a reaction to that, not Gray Matter e.g. hearing that it was the blue stuff would only mean one thing... Jesse was cooking again.

    He's already lost Watler White (as told to us by Gray Matter, his son's wish of death and his wife's maiden name change), and the only thing he has left is his blue 96% cook.

    He's going to find the nazi's, kill them, find Jesse and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends with them both realising that they have a meth lab and methlamine again.

  • Anthony Sheler

    I think the Ricin is for Lydia's tea unless all the attention they've paid to her tea habits have been misdirection... but it makes sense. I was expecting something to tie back to Grey Matter going into the these last few episodes, but I think going after Gretchen and Elliot seems too cold, even for Walt. Could he blackmail them into providing the money to his family that he no-longer can? The fact that they are wearing yellow in the interview is interesting, but I can't see Walt just killing them.

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  • DreRbach

    Season 2: Jesse and Jane snuggle in yellow sheets in Jesse's new bed. Things were looking bright-turning down smoking pot for a day at the museum. The yellow sheets knew better...

  • Andi Teran

    I wonder about this too. Madrigal is a German company. Elliott's last name, Schwartz, derives from schwarz which means "black" in German. Breaking Bad is rife with German symbolism. Spy District builds a compelling argument:

  • Jextified

    This...actually, makes sense! SPOILER ALERT: Have you noticed the jacked Walt wears is the same one Lloyd wears in Dumb and Dumber? Coincidence, I think not!

  • smotherbrother

    This is up there with the "El Paso" theory. Genius.

    It's also been mentioned that Badger's "Star Trek" script foreshadows the finale, which I could buy. I find it hard to believe Gilligan would devote almost 2 full minutes to it for pure comedic effect.






  • MilaXX

    Interesting. I think fans will be too disappointed if they go to far in with a Madrigal/Schwartz connection this late in the game. TBH

  • Andi Teran

    HOLY MOLY. That's both hilarious and incredible! Will a Lydia-distracted Todd "beam" Jack's guts into space?

  • Theresa Candelaria

    Another Clue--Marty Robbins, the singer and writer of El paso was a NASCAR racer and he raced Dodge Chargers. Who knew?

  • Bojorco

    Vince Gilligan picked it and made it their maiden name and Walt's new last name, via Max Cherry.

  • Andi Teran

    That's amazing! Could Vince Gilligan be the biggest Marty Robbins fan on the planet? We'll find out on Sunday... //

  • Imagrud

    Remarkable - I love it. What if we take it a little further to tie up the loose ends:

    1) Clearly, Walt will never be able to get any Meth Money to his family. But, what about assets pre-dating his crimes. What if Walt is able to establish his true contributions in the co-founding of Gray Matter Technologies, as well as proof that the Schwartz’s swindled his ownership rights away from him? At least part of those assets (presumably worth a lot of money) would be Walt’s family’s to keep – legally.

    Walter’s family gets the money they deserved all along and Elliot and Grechen are exposed as liars. And while he’s at it he might as well expose Madrigal and Lydia Rodarte-Quaryle, too. If “Felina” is the money, the money that Walt’s family deserves – his adventure will not have been in vain. But of course there are still a few things to take care of.

    2) Walt goes to Uncle Jack’s compound. Walt discovers that Jesse is being held captive. Uncle Jack and his gang are killed by Walt, except for Todd. Jesse is freed by Walt and it is Jesse that kills Todd. Both Jesse and Walt decide they have hurt each other enough and bury the hatchet. To clear his conscious (at least as far as Jesse is concerned) Walt allows Jesse to keep all the money that Uncle Jack stole and Jesse goes off to live in Alaska.

    3) The police eventually catch up to Walt and when they do Marie is there. Walt knows there is no escape from the police or his cancer and has orchestrated this scenario himself. He does this to give Marie the satisfaction of watching him poison himself with the ricin capsule.

    4) Finally, not so much a prediction, but a wish that Saul somehow manages to get his hands on Walt's barrel of cash in the cabin. Saul can't end up in Nebraska! He's going to Belize!

  • Leroy83

    Wait, Is that Marty Robbins wearing a Heisenberg hat?...

  • Guest

    AMC released 2 screen grabs from Felina - one of them truly looks like Walt is at a certain couples house..

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Found some really interesting info .. This site has been up for 3 years / read the customer testimonial for Madrigal Electromotive from Elliott Shwart = mind blown !

    Also the photo is a screen grab from felina that AMC released today .. Looks like a really nice house wink wink

  • dlewisnash

    This is a really genius theory, but I make one small adjustment? I'm willing to bet Lydia pulls the trigger on Walter. If Walt's Felina is money and power from the drug trade, she's the living embodiment of that. And the last episode was definitely leading somewhere with Todd and Lydia...

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Personally I'd love the connection because it would explain Walts true motives for breaking bad and why he left Gray Matter to begin with .. It's better than a nazi shoot em up to end the show = way to predictable !

  • Animesh.

    This is the most scintillating Breaking Bad finale prediction I've come across. Kudos!

  • MilaXX

    Walt broke bad before Gretchen & Elliot's birthday party where they offered to pay for his cancer treatments. As bitter as he was about what he retcons as being pushed out of the company, if he knew about any connections between GM & drugs, I'm sure he would have said so before now.

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    I meant he broke bad for reasons that have to do with missing out on billions of dollars and whatever happened back in the past .. And I ould be something other than drugs - it could be something bad enough to be black mailed for .. I just personally think ending the show with some nazi shoot out would be much more dissapointing then finding out what really happened in Walts past .. Why would he have said it already ? He wants people to think/ (including himself ) that he did this all for family. When he really did it to build an empire and not a car wash empire.

  • José Patricio Gómez Basualto

    Thats would be the best final for bb

  • Richard Gadget Kim

    Felina can mean so many things. Some interesting things I pondered are that Lydia lives in Texas... and what if she turns out to be Breaking Bad's Kaiser Soze? If Felina is the money he gets from meth it makes sense because in the song Felina is a Mexican girl and Walt begins his meth empire with money made from the cartels.... and Gretchen could be Felina, because we never find out her middle name. Ahhhh is it Sunday yet

  • David Kendrick

    Are you kidding me that Marie's maiden name is Lambert?!? That gave me chills.

    Where ya been?

  • Steve Ryan

    There are six (6) cowboys at Hank's murder, you can even see the sixth gunman in the drivers seat of the pickup truck. Of course, that includes Todd who may not be considered on of the "cowboy's" but I doubt it.

  • SethGekko

    I see the name GALE is capitalized on the website . . .

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Yeah I noticed that .. And Gus is the recipient - interesting stuff .. A little to much coincidence to overlook !

  • 0john

    Absolutely brilliant!!

    I think the reference to Rosa's Cantina in the song "El Paso" is the Schwartz house. The Vince Gilligan reference to woodworking relates to Elliott's amazing wood paneled study/library with wall-to-wall bookcases. All hand made from the finest wood.

    If you remember the scene from the "Gray Matter" episode, it's in this study that Elliott offers Walt a chance to work with him again, saying the company has a good medical plan. But Walt is too proud to take his charity. He is earlier introduced a the party as a genius crystallographer. I think this is the "breaking bad" moment Walt decides to cook meth not for his family, but because of his scientific ego. He knows he's a better scientist than Elliott and he's going to prove it.

    At this party, Elliott is given an Eric Clapton black stratocaster guitar with a white pick guard as a gift. Black=Schwartz and White=Walt. Interestingly, Eric Clapton wrote a obscure song called "Spanish Wine Suite: Introduction La Cantina" that appeared on a Blood Sweat and Tears album. Coincidence?

    Fe = blood
    Li = meth? or sweat?
    Na = tears

    I think Walt is shot and killed in this study at the Schwartz's house. I think Marie could be the one who shoots Walt, but I'm trying to figure out how/why she would be at the Schwartz's house. On the other hand, if Lydia is involved with Gray Matter (as has been suggested), she could have a reason to be at the Schwartz's house. Maybe Lydia is the one who shoots Walt.

    I think Walt dies in Schwartz study in Gretchen's arms where she tells him that she always loved him. Unknowingly, Gretchen earlier ingested the ricin intended for Elliott. She will die a few days later (as ricin takes a few days to cause death). Once ingested, there is no way to stop her eventual death. Very Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare would approve.

    I also think Walt uses the M60 to kill Elliott.

    "So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
    Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
    My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
    The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor"

    Oh, by the way, check out the Grateful Dead version of "El Paso". Long live Jerry

  • Rkennett

    If eliott is connected to Madrigal it would make sense. Somehow Eliott and Gretchen will reap the benefits of all of Walter's hard work and labor for the second time. Walter will die penniless.

  • Rkennett

    Omg Johnny! Make shirts quickly --- before sunday!

  • Guest

    I totally agree that this is the song and the story. However, I believe that Jesse OR Fynn are the Felina at the end that hold Walt in their loving arms after shooting him. Marie doesn't love Walt and and would never hold him when he is dying.

    When Fynn yelled at Walt to die already I think that was foreshadowing of Fynn being there when he dies.

  • 0john

    I think Walt will die in Gretchen's arms, with Gretchen in tears, telling him that she always loved him. Gretchen is Walt's Felina.

    I think Lydia shoots and kills Walt, possibly out of self-defense.

  • staytuned

    All of the hidden theories reminds me of The Beatles. This show is to TV what The Beatles are to music.

  • passarinha

    I also grew up with this song (my parents had the album), and I LOVE the idea of Breaking Bad -- which is destined to become a new type of Western classic -- drawing on Robbins's classic western themes. In order to fit most closely with the song, I think Felina would have to be Gretchen. I'm hoping that in the final episode we gain more insight into what led to Walt's departure from Gray Matter, which seems to have initiated his sense of unfulfilled entitlement, leaving him hollow at the core, and vulnerable to ultimately spiralling out of control. Walt may have killed his future at Gray Matter "for the love of his maiden". OK, it's farfetched, but I enjoyed the writer's Felina theory, and the responses to it, as a last bit of Breaking Bad fun before the end.

    It's fascinating, the variety of associations that BB viewers bring to their interpretations of the characters. One association that I made, which I haven't yet read elsewhere, is that Bryan Cranston's performance in the last few episodes reminded me of Andy Serkis's depiction of Gollum as the vestiges of his conscience wrestle with the amoral wretch he has become in pursuit of his obsession. For me, Breaking Bad and Lord of the Rings are tales about how the rapacious ego, with its unquenchable thirst for power, control, and recognition, betrays who we really are.

    I would also like to give a shout-out to the writers for one of my favorite lines from "Granite State", when cuddly Uncle Jack incongruously acknowledges to Todd that "the heart wants what the heart wants" -- what a hoot!

  • Wade_Caldwell

    Great work!
    The song fits perfectly with the spaghetti western feel of the show. The song has an emotional "Felina goodbye" ending. No way Vince Gilligan allows a maudlin ending, however. I see Skylar putting a bullet in Walt as he pleads to let the ricin do its work.

  • Sebastian L. Jackson

    I see the fanatical hate-on-Skyler fetishists have finally appeared on this thread...

  • seanmom

    Don't be silly. I love Skyler. I hope she gets to kill Walt and keep the money. I'm just talking about a symbolic narrative that could be using her name as another way to crush the ego of the great and powerful Oz (I mean Heisenberg).

  • seanmom

    I think that's true. Gretchen was his one true love, and Skyler is the duty he settled for. Heisenberg was not about his family--it was always all about him. I was watching First Season the other day where Walt is watching the video of Hank doing the meth lab bust. When he sees the money, his eyes light up. And that's BEFORE he gets the cancer news. Walt gave away his life when he signed away Gray Matter for $5000.

  • Bill Fair

    Make sure you read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page....

  • Jérôme Bianchi

    Felina could be ... Meth ?

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Of course the DOJ isn't really after Madrigal cause it's a fictitious company on a fictitious show .. When a real company is indicted and has their page seized this splash page is actually attached to their URL .. The BB producers / writers put up a bunch of these pages for Saul / save Walter White / Madrigal etc... The question is why did they put up a testimonial from Elliott on a madrigal page 3 years ago ?

  • securewoman

    and Jessie is their love child

  • Than Ball

    "Ed... his name is Ed."

  • Paul DelCampo

    I've composed a theory that combines the characteristics of other several final theories.

    First off, based off of Badger's non-sense tangent on Star Trek, I believe that the writers of that episode did not write that monologue for comedic effect. Everything that Badger has described in that passage (aside from guts being 'beamed' into space) has come just about true.

    That being said, I believe Lydia will convince Todd to tell Jack and the neo-Nazis off, possibly for her own benefit of being able to deal with Walter herself. Todd, due to his infatuation and coupled with his 'loving' uncle's support, will succeed in this and they will back off. Lydia, who we find has been the link between Madrigal and Gray Matter, told Gretchen and Elliott to appear on that television show knowing Walt's weakness (his 'felina') and knowing it would lure him to the Schwartz residence (also considered to be the metaphorical Rosa's Cantina). Lydia will be waiting for him there, and she will be responsible for the death of Walter White, and he will die in Gretchen's arms. I'm not quite sure as to how the ricin will be involved but I do believe that Lydia will have somehow ingested it. Jesse will escape, possibly with the help of Ed the vacuum-man.

    The color theory, however, poses an interesting question for Holly. The color pink is often considered to be Vince Gilligan's symbol of 'death', and Holly is frequently seen wearing pink (even once a pink bear costume, like the one floating in the White's pool after the plane crash). For this reason, my hunch is that the neo-Nazis go after Walt's family instead, as this is his true weakness.

    I personally believe the M60 in the trunk of Walt's old shoddy sedan is a misdirection, as I can't envision a scenario in which it's used (effectively), for multiple reasons.
    1: It is a difficult piece of machinery to use for someone who is ill and weak and suffering from cancer.
    2: It is not used to eliminate a single person. if you're buying an M60, you're almost certainly using it on a crowd of people. And don't tell me that Uncle Jack's group of 5 (including himself) is a "crowd".
    3: Even if Walt DOES use the gun on the crew, he won't make it very far. Even though, as we saw in Ozymandias, none of them have very good aim and he would be gunned down before killing more than 2 of Uncle Jack's crew. If he can't take all of them out, what's the point?

    I find it hard to believe that Walt will survive this finale. His death would be a fantastic poetic ending to this show, and even though we are all obviously fans of him let's face it: he deserves to die. He's ruined the lives of countless people.

    I love this analysis by the author, but the only part I disagree with is Marie being the felina. I think a lot of people would be disappointed if she's the one who ultimately eliminates Walter White.

    The problem with theorizing this final episode though is that there are just so many parts and intricacies to this show. So many things that have to end, and so much to cram into an hour and fifteen minutes. For this reason, I believe Gilligan will do a rundown of every major character and tell the ending of their individual stories one commercial break at a time, culminating with Walter and possibly Jesse.

    Regardless of what happens, I am so excited to know how it ends.

  • Jeff Harris

    Lambert is a sheepish lion.

    Good name choice, in that he describes that Walt's alter ego will have to think he is a shy sheep instead of the lion of the meth empire.

  • Richard Vetr

    Felina is Gretchen. In the final episode, Walt will come back to die looking into her eyes, or to run away with her.

    This story is about love and meaning lost, forgotten, and then remembered and fought for to the death.

    Walt has understood what he lost back early in life only when Gretchen offered to pay for his cancer treatment. He could not accept it, he would rather die, because he
    discovered he still loved her. He understood then that his life after her had no meaning. His pathetic existence in the beginning of the movie makes it clear. To accept her money was to admit defeat, to make his loss final, and to die on someone else terms. Walt choose to live and to die on his own. He had to defeat and destroy Elliott, his
    former business partner and friend who stole his fortune and credit for Gray Matter. This is why he tells Skyler "I am the one who knocks" even it this admission costs him a lot in the movie. This is what all the five seasons are about. This is never mentioned
    in any of them, because Walt simply has nothing else he can force himself to do. This is all he can do. There is really nothing for him to explain and no one to explain it to. None of this excuses the choices he made.

  • modernmod

    First sign of yellow is a mustard stain on the Dr.'s lab coat when Walt is told he has lung cancer.

  • jason smith

    o my god freaking nailed it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lori Davis

    Sorry, but this is a quote from Vince Gilligan...‘Our last episode is titled Felina, and as some of you have already figured out that’s an anagram for ‘finale’,’ Gilligan said. ‘And i’ve got one word for you with this episode: ‘woodworking’. Or is that two words?’

    Felina IS an anagram and "woodworking" is the only hint you will get...

  • Alberto Knox

    Now we've seen it. Felina is making the blue meth. He dies cuddling the lab equipment..
    GREAT work Andi. Very close.

  • disqus_BoySrWLrI6

    Let's pop the bottle .. I love the cassette tape falling out then the radio :) .. Thought of this blog immediately .. Good job on your piece and I'm completely satisfied with tht send off ! Can't wait to hear the people that wernt -

  • David

    I love your perspective on this whole mess. The chemistry of meth cooking is Felina. It was the path he was on before he left Gretchen and left his research. He was meant for the hands-on chemistry and instead ended up going for security, regretting and despising it all the way. When he hit his mid-life crisis and the crisis of illness and bankruptcy, a perfect storm was in play.

    Yes he liked the power, money and prestige, but he was quite content with the rest of the world not knowing who he was, only to those in his field did he care about their respect. He stumbled through several incompetent drug lords as his learning experience before facing the well-organized Gus.

  • Fredrik Alkdal

    Holy crap, you were pretty much 100% correct - how loud did you scream when that cassette tape fell out of the glove box??! I read this story the day before the finale, I'm guessing Vince owes you a congratulatory call. Nicely done.

  • Jim

    Felina is Walter's blue meth...the only thing that was there for him in the end.

  • Jim

    And that wicked glint in her eye was the 96% purity of his baby...the crystal, clear blue sheets of glass glinting and gleaming like a windowpane...

  • wordygirl

    My BB color theory *each color can also represent its antithesis or converse meaning color intensity relates to the intensity of the emotion or symbol:

    White = Life/Death
    Black = Darkness

    Blue = Protection
    Red = Danger

    Green = Money
    Yellow = Fear (or inspiring fear)
    Orange = Discovery of information
    Tan = Secrets
    Brown = Lies
    Gray = Neutral
    Purple = Protection + danger
    Pink = Truth/Clarity
    Peach = Discovery of truth (the color peach is formed from pink and orange.
    And, although it's not really a color, Metal = Strength.

    I've actually watched the series three times in order to test my theory and it bears out. I hope someone else will test it and let me know what they think.

  • Mensa Floyd

    Actually, Felina is the State of New Mexico. Not just as a state of the Union, but a state of mind, a state of being, a state of history. It is all encompassing of what is Walt. I'm surprised you did not see that! What did Billy the Kid say about New Mexico???