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Confessions 

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.

Director:

Michael Slovis

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Gennifer Hutchison
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Bob Odenkirk ... Saul Goodman
Laura Fraser ... Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (credit only)
Jesse Plemons ... Todd
Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Lavell Crawford ... Huell
Michael Bowen ... Uncle Jack
Kevin Rankin ... Kenny
Gonzalo Menendez ... Detective Kalanchoe
Guy Wilson ... Trent
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Millard Drexler, chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group, had a cameo appearance in this episode as a customer at the Whites' car wash. He stated that his scene, in which he says eight or nine words, took nine takes to film. See more »

Goofs

When Hank goes to pour himself a drink the large piece of art above the bar sink disappears. See more »

Quotes

Saul Goodman: Some people are immune to good advice.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Everyday
(uncredited)
Performed by Mack Self
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A jaw-dropping game changer for the series
13 February 2014 | by axel-kochSee 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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