Breaking Bad: The Hidden Way Walt's Death Was Setup

Walter White Dead or Alive in Breaking Bad

The first song featured in the Breaking Bad series finale foreshadowed Walter White's deadly demise. The song, "El Paso," by Marty Robbins was purposely chosen by creator Vince Gilligan due to its fitting lyrics, much like the title of the Breaking Bad finale, "Felina", was also extremely deliberate.

The Breaking Bad series finale followed Walt (Bryan Cranston) as he evaded capture by leaving his hideout in New Hampshire to return to New Mexico. He tied up loose ends in his life while also setting up his family financially through Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz. Walt then got word of Jesse's (Aaron Paul) whereabouts so he equipped an M60 to his car and embarked on a presumed suicide mission to Jack Welker's meth compound. After lighting up the place, he allowed Jesse to escape before taking one last waltz around the chemistry lab. During the shootout, Walt suffered a gunshot wound and the series ended with the central character bleeding out on the floor.

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Marty Robbins' 1959 song was heard twice during Breaking Bad's series finale. It's first used when Walt drove his stolen car from New Hampshire to New Mexico and again when he was building the M60. The song itself served as an allegory for Walt's impending death. The lyrics of "El Paso" described a cowboy that was killed by his enemies as he died in the arms of his lover, Feleena. The name "Faleena" was a direct influence of the series finale's title and it foreshadowed the way that Walt was killed by a bullet in the torso. Rather than dying in the arms of his lover, he died surrounded by what made him feel the most alive, the chemistry lab. Here are some of the songs lyrics that linked directly to Walt:

"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

But my love for

Feleena 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

From out of nowhere Feleena 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 Feleena, goodbye"

As Walt installed the M60 into his car, he hummed "El Paso" as if he came to terms with his fate well before he drove out to the compound. Gilligan changed the title slightly from the woman's name to "Felina," which held even more significance. The word "felina" is an anagram for "finale" but it also had a scientific meaning. The title could be broken up into three elements on the periodic table: iron (Fe), lithium (Li), and sodium (Na) or blood, sweat, and tears, substances that nearly all Breaking Bad characters could relate to.

The final scene in the Breaking Bad series finale featured another memorable song, "Baby Blue" by Badfinger. The song, like Robbins' "El Paso," held a deeper meaning. The song was in reference to Walt's greatest achievement, his infamous high-quality blue meth. Despite everything he had done in his life, his signature drug was what he so desperately wanted to be known for during his time as a kingpin.

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A number of viewers believed that Walt survived the Breaking Bad finale. This has led to the ongoing death debate since the show's conclusion in 2013. It remains a mystery whether Walt will appear in the upcoming sequel, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. But even if Walt did succumb to his injuries, there are still a number of ways that Cranston could be involved in the sequel project.

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