Breaking Bad S5E13 Shocks, Bryan Cranston Slams Jesse’s [Spoilers!]

So… Breaking Bad S5E13 last night… you happen to catch it?

Suffice to say, if you’re still muddling through Netflix backlog and Breaking Bad S5E13 is a few episodes ahead of where you are, quit reading now. Head on over to Pinterest and look at fall textiles, because spoilers are everywhere.

Okay, so Breaking Bad S5E13 was a bit nuts, and as usual, ratcheted up the tension to a place where we can’t see it not being immediately catastrophic… but with this show, of course, we’ve been there before.

After Breaking Bad S5E13, Bryan Cranston stopped by the post-show coffee klatsch Talking Bad to discuss Jesse’s deft and flawless maneuver, just one week after he’d sworn that there’s no possible way to outsmart the satanic and plotting Mr. White. Maybe there’s one way?

Jesse seemed to represent Walt’s single clinging thread to humanity in recent episodes (though we were never really quite sure if the attachment was more for his own reassurances than a genuine disinclination to break with his surrogate son), and it could almost be like Pinkman’s betrayal is indicative that Heisenberg’s remaining conscience might bring him down for good.

Cranston discussed his own feelings on Jesse’s actions as the show readies for wrap, telling Chris Hardwick “I am him, he is me” as he reflected upon playing the main character in what has arguably been the most acclaimed TV hit of recent memory.

The actor was unsympathetic to a guilt-wracked Jesse, adding:

“He’s a rat! He broke the code… We fully embraced our criminality and all of the sudden that’s the one thing that you don’t do, you don’t rat and he ratted, he’s a filthy little rat.”

It isn’t just Jesse Cranston believes has gone rogue — he explains that his own character’s metamorphosis has also been huge, adding:

“Walt has changed. He used to be so methodically and had a scientific mind and now he’s much more emotional. This experience in these last two years of his life have created an emotional being which he was never really open to, so he’s impulsive, hence the shooting of Mike by being insulted by that.”

Cranston observes:

“The leaving of the book out, it was sloppy and it was careless and that’s what happened to him. It’s one of the ramifications of experiencing this whole trauma.”

Huh. We thought he did that sort-of on purpose, like the bragging after Gale looks to Hank like Heisenberg.

Cranston also says playing Walter White has been the defining point of his career, and he admits he can’t see another like it:

“This has been the ultimate role for me I can’t imagine a role that can match this. This has been an amazing journey for me. It was very sad to let it go and sometimes you have to just release the grip and move on and that’s what we have to do.”

After watching Breaking Bad S5E13, we have to say we agree with this guy. What do you think of Jesse and Walt’s relationship? How do you think the tense standoff is going to end?