I flew to Albuquerque in July to report this story on the real-life people and places behind “Breaking Bad.” Among some two dozen locations, my photographer and I went to the Dog House Drive In — a shitty, retro hot dog stand with bars on its windows. I interviewed the daytime manager, Lucille Martinez, inside a utility closet off the kitchen. She told me that the Dog House was the setting for the very last scene of the series, and that the scene involves a homeless person, and that people will like the way it ends. That’s all she said.
If she’s right, here’s what I think will happen:
Jesse bought a gun at the Dog House during an early season. He returned in Season 5 during his philanthropic daze (driving around town throwing money out the window before crashing into a ditch and getting picked up by the cops). While parked in the Dog House lot, Jesse gave a band of hundreds ($10,000? $20,000?) to a homeless man.
I predict that Jack’s crew will kill Jesse and Skyler, and Walt will then mow them down with the AK-47 hiding in his trunk. I think Walt will retrieve the Ricin from behind the electrical plate, then make peace with his children before surrendering them to Marie for adoption.
There’s no way anyone tangentially related to Walt can accept that money without guilt, curse or consequence. I think the series will end with Walt at the Dog House (literally and metaphorically), and he’ll give the money to that same homeless person. Then, he’ll take the Ricin and kill himself.
Earlier today in the Sub Pop mailbag, we received an enthusiastic message from a college student running for homecoming queen. She asked for a video affirming support from our one time recording artists, Nirvana, in order to aid her campaign in becoming homecoming queen. We dressed up and obliged.
Video forthcoming with the script: "What’s up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you guys a Happy Homecoming Week and good luck at the game this Saturday. LET’S GO HOAGIES!" Or something like that.
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