Episode 15: Granite State

The Disappearer, Ed, pulls his minivan around the back of his shop: Best Quality Vacuum Sales & Service. Inside the garage, he slides open the door of the van, and a very frayed Saul climbs out with his suitcases.

"It's an actual store," Saul remarks, surprised.

Ed takes a photo of Saul and digitally inserts it into a Nebraska driver's license. He informs Saul that it will take a few days to get his new identity set up, and offers him a room beneath the shop while he waits.

"You'll have a bunkmate," Ed warns, turning on a security camera monitor.

Saul is surprised to hear that Ed's last client is still in town, and watches the monitor as his new roommate, Walt, paces maniacally around the basement cell.

SAC Ramey escorts Marie home with two other DEA agents. As their car approaches the Schrader house, they see it's been ransacked. Ramey jumps out of the car with one of his agents, and orders the other to take Marie away immediately. The agents make their way through the house — but the intruders have already gone, taking Hank's camera with them.

Back at the compound, Jack and his crew watch the tape of Jesse's confession. The only one not laughing, Kenny fast-forwards to a segment where Jesse pins Todd for Drew Sharp's murder during the train heist.

Gun drawn, furious Jack storms toward Jesse's cell. Todd begs Jack to spare Jesse, arguing that they still have 600 gallons of methylamine left to cook. As Todd pleads, Jack realizes that Todd isn't really interested in staying in the business for money: he just has a crush on Lydia.

"What the hell," Jack relents, amused. "The heart wants what the heart wants."

Nearby in his cell, Jesse gazes forlornly at the photo of Andrea and Brock. He removes the paperclip attached to the photo. Unfolding it, he begins to pick the lock on his handcuffs.

In Ed's safe room, Walt scribbles madly on a notepad. He hands it to Saul, instructing the lawyer to refer him to hitmen so that he can take out Jack's crew. Wary Saul advises Walt to turn himself in and spare Skyler the inevitable federal trial. If Walt flees, she'll likely lose the house, and she'll never be able to keep any money he tries to send her.

Obstinate Walt maintains that he won't stop until he's killed Jack's entire crew and taken back the money they stole from him, so that he can give it to his family. They're interrupted as Ed comes by to pick up Saul.

Walt intervenes, insisting that Saul stay with him. "Remember what I told you, it's not over until*#8212;—" he sputters, trying to intimidate Saul, but overtaken by a fit of coughs.

"It's over," pragmatic Saul replies, collecting his bags.

Skyler sits dazed before a panel of government attorneys. Hollow, she tells the Assistant U.S. Attorney that she has no idea where Walt is. "Wrack your brain," he urges her. "And hope you can come up with something we can use."

At home, Skyler checks on a crying Baby Holly and finds two masked men standing over the crib. A third man grabs her from behind, covering her mouth so that she can't scream for help. One of the masked men, Todd, forces Skyler to swear that she won't tell the police about Lydia.

"You really don't want us coming back," Todd warns.

The next day, Lydia meets Todd at a café and expresses concerns that he didn't take things far enough by simply threatening Skyler. The risk greater than the reward, she suggests that they take a break — but changes her mind when Todd tells her that the meth purity level of the latest batch is up to 92%, thanks to Jesse.

Across the country, Walt emerges from his hiding spot inside an empty propane truck. He's in front of a small cabin in the middle of a snowy forest.

"Mr. Lambert," Ed announces, "welcome to New Hampshire."

Ed shows Walt around the cabin, and asks him to make a list of requests for his monthly supply runs. Walt is displeased to find no phone or internet connection, but Ed maintains that the only way to keep Walt safe is to terminate all contact with the outside world. There's a small town close by, but Ed warns Walt that if he hears that Walt has "left the reservation," he won't come back.

Ed heads back to the truck, promising to return in a month. Alone, Walt hurriedly fills his jacket pockets with cash and dons his Heisenberg hat. He marches down the long, snowy driveway until he comes to the front gate. As he looks out onto the main road, Walt is suddenly siezed by a coughing fit. He loses his resolve.

"Tomorrow," he assures himself as he makes his way back to the cabin.

Weeks later, Jesse stands precariously in his cell atop a tower of piled-up blankets and an overturned pail. His hands free, he can almost reach the grate above him, but he panics when he hears an approaching voice.

It's Todd, carrying a late-night snack for Jesse. He pulls the tarp off the cell and finds Jesse curled up on the floor, now handcuffed. Todd uses a rope to lower him a bowl of ice cream as a reward for cooking a batch of meth that's 96% pure. Jesse thanks him, and asks Todd to leave the tarp off the top for the night.

"I just wanna see the stars," he explains meekly. Todd acquiesces.

Alone again, Jesse picks the lock on his handcuffs and rebuilds his wobbling stack. It's still not tall enough for him to reach the grate. Leaping, he manages to catch hold of the bars, and fiddle with the lock.

Out of his cage, Jesse makes a beeline for the compound fence, but is caught before he can escape. Distraught, he screams at Jack's men to kill him.

Later that night, Todd visits Andrea at home. Claiming to be a friend of Jesse's, he lures her onto the front porch and shoots her in the head. From a car across the street, devastated Jesse wails. Jack orders him to quiet down.

"Remember, there's still the kid," he warns.

Back in New Hampshire, Ed delivers the month's supplies to Walt. The former meth kingpin now looks bilious and skeletal, despite his new beard and full head of hair.

Ed fills Walt in on the latest news from Albuquerque: Skyler has been working part-time as a taxi dispatcher, and she and the kids have moved to a new place. The bank has put up a fence around the abandoned White House to stop thrill-seeking kids from breaking in, but no court date has been set yet for Skyler's trial.

Ed preps Walt for his chemo drip, and starts to head out. Walt offers him ten thousand dollars to hang around a bit longer — this is the only human contact Walt's had in a month. Reluctantly, Ed agrees to stay and play cards with him for an hour. He pulls up a chair.

"One of these days when you come up here, I'll be dead," Walt estimates. He asks if, when that happens, Ed would agree to deliver the rest of Walt's money to his family.

"If I said yes, would you believe me?" Ed counters frankly.

That night, Walt sleeps fitfully. His wedding ring slips off his gaunt finger, and he wakes to the sound of it clinking to the cabin floor. Tying the ring loosely around his neck, he stares at his Heisenberg hat across the room. Suddenly, he's struck with an idea, and begins to fill a cardboard box with cash.

The next day, he trudges back down to the front gate. Filled with purpose, he heads into town.

From a pay phone in a quiet neighborhood bar, Walt calls his son at school. He tearfully admits that he's made terrible mistakes and tells Walter, Jr. that he's mailing a package to him containing $100,000, care of his friend Louis.

"I wanted to give you so much more," Walt insists, desperately.

Finally recovering from the shock of hearing from his missing criminal father, Junior explodes at Walt.

"You killed Uncle Hank!" he screams. "Why are you still alive? Why don't you just die already?" Walt struggles to calm his son down, but enraged Junior ends the call.

Destroyed, Walt calls the Albuquerque DEA and asks to speak to the agent in charge of the Walter White investigation, explaining that he himself is Walter White. Without another word, he drops the phone. Leaving the still-connected call hanging off the hook, Walt goes to the bar for a drink.

As the bartender flips through channels on the television, Walt catches sight of his old partners: Gretchen and Elliott. Much to his disbelief, he watches Charlie Rose interview the Schwartzes about a twenty-eight million dollar grant their company made for drug abuse treatment centers across the Southwest.

When asked about the company's connection to a fugitive druglord, Gretchen and Elliott insist that Walt had virtually nothing to do with Gray Matter Technologies. Inscrutable Walt keeps watching.

Outside, police officers have traced Walt's call to the bar. They enter, guns drawn — but it's too late: Walt is already gone.

Breaking Bad Season 5 Episode 15

View photos from Season 5 Episode 15, "Granite State"

Guest stars:
Jack - Michael Bowen
AUSA - Brennan Brown
Lester - Tait Fletcher
Waiter - Julianne Flores
Ed - Robert Forster
Elliott - Adam Godley
Gretchen - Jessica Hecht
School Office Worker - Deborah Martinez
Jack's Man #4 - Matthew T. Metzler
DEA Agent Hoffman - Joe Nemmers
Female Barfly - Leslie O'Carroll
Public Defender - Eric Price
Second Deputy - Dave Priemazon
Kenny - Kevin Rankin
Andrea - Emily Rios
Frankie - Patrick Sane
Carmen - Carmen Serano
Bartender - Kurt Soderstrom
Government Lawyer - William Stafford

Written By: Peter Gould
Directed By: Peter Gould

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