Some people — a couple, anyway — are running with the idea that most of the final episode of Breaking Bad was a hallucination. Look, if we're just going to start making things up without any evidence to support our claims, criticism is going to get pretty messy.
UPDATE: This piece also ran at Salon.
Another solid episode. "Breaking Bad" is deceptively good at pacing, and probably better at it than any other drama airing today. Episodes feel neither rushed nor padded, and each hour blends perfectly into the next. When I binged on the first three seasons last summer, I didn't get that headachey buzz that often comes with watching a serialized drama in a marathon, where you can't keep track of the loose threads and you get tired at having basic information repeated to you every hour or two. (Most shows keep dropping bookmarks so you can remember them week to week.) "Breaking Bad" feels novelistic, cinematic, like a giant story that will work just as well as 60-part miniseries as it does a weekly drama. Such a damn good show.
I'm always amazed at how quickly these hours go by. It's also weird and sad to realize that the split season means that we're already one-quarter of the way through this batch of episodes.