Breaking Bad: Season 5, Episode 11

Confessions (25 Aug. 2013)

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Walt makes his next move against Hank, putting Hank in a tough position. Hank confronts Jesse and attempts to turn him against Walt, and Jesse decides it's time to move on. Meanwhile, Todd has taken over the business.

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Walt is still trying to convince Hank - and to a lesser extent Marie - that they should do nothing and just let nature take its course. He's no longer involved in any criminal activity and will be dead in a few months from his cancer. They're not very receptive to his ideas but when they get home they find that Walt has recorded a video confession admitting to everything - and naming Hank as the mastermind behind it all. Jesse meanwhile has been released from jail. He said nothing to the police or Hank about his business with Walt but seems completely lost. In a difficult meeting with Walt, he agrees to acquire a new identity and start a life in Alaska. As he awaits Saul's contact who will provide him with what he needs, he comes to the realization that it was Walt who tried to kill Brock. Written by garykmcd

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A jaw-dropping game changer for the series
13 February 2014 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Not for the first time, Breaking Bad employs a change of events, drastic enough to end the whole series, at a time with still quite a way to go until the very last ending credits roll. And while there's more than just one scene with far-reaching ramifications in "Confessions", it's the final couple of minutes, bringing Jesse up to a major character again after his temporary step back in most of season five's first part, that has audiences stop breathing and blinking for a considerable amount of time. In a manner as extreme and ruthless as the series hardly ever shows it, the entire premise for the series finale is turned on its head again, and it is awesome to watch.

However, there's more than just one "confession", as the episode's pluralized title already indicates, and midway through it, a scene with Hank and Marie watching a videotape made by Walt not only makes itself one of the most hilarious internet memes in Breaking Bad history, but also skyrockets up on the list of the most ingenious screen writing achievements in Breaking Bad history. As if that weren't enough, Gennifer Hutchison's splendid script also leads Betsy Brandt and Dean Norris to the best of their respective acting performances. If maybe not the best, it also lays the basis for outstanding jobs at the hands of Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn (excelling herself in a comedy/drama exchange at a Mexican restaurant), Bob Odenkirk (whether it's his awkward strolling in the desert while Jesse and Walt confer or his participation in THAT ending scene), and Bryan Cranston (putting his character's chilling schemes on screen with the usual bravura).

Without any exaggeration, "Confessions" doesn't include any bad or even average moments and is one of the very few Breaking Bad episodes that succeeds in sustaining thrill and intensity over the full running time. It's a jaw-dropping game changer for the series and rates its top rating because of a screenplay nothing below fantastic.


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