These questions regard last night’s episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. Whew. Ok. Glad nothing much happened in this one.
This entire show has been about Walter White’s arc as he transforms from mild-mannered science teacher to vile monster. And in this episode we see the last remnants of his former self torn away as he becomes pure Heisenberg, much like the burning off of impurities that happens in his vaunted meth-making process. At the beginning of the episode, “family” is still something he holds sacred, but by the end he is using it as a taunt to spit back in Skyler’s face. Where before he was always driven by self-interest, here he is seen doing several truly cruel things–telling Jesse about Jane, kidnapping Holly–that seem motivated simply by revenge. All of the episode’s events lead up to this transformation, but which would you say is the key, decisive step in this purification process: Jack shooting Hank, Skyler pulling the knife, Walter Jr. calling 911, or none of the above?