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After 62 nail-biting, heart-stopping, stress-inducing episodes, Breaking Bad has come to an end.
We know. Deep breaths.
Last night's series finale, "Felina," wrapped up the show's legendary run and answered any lingering questions we might have had about the futures of Walt (Bryan Cranston), Jesse (Aaron Paul), Skylar (Anna Gunn), Flynn (RJ Mitte), baby Holly, Marie (Betsy Brandt), Badger (Matt Jones), Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), Todd (Jesse Plemons), The Nazis, Lydia (Laura Frazer) ... well, you get it.
Here are our favorite moments from the series finale, in GIFs. (Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS to follow.)
1. Cheering as Jesse killed Todd (and during his subsequent escape to freedom)
There aren't many times in my life I've jumped off my couch and cheered for a TV show, but when a weary, beaten up, grizzled-looking Jesse wrapped his chains around psycho-Nazi/super-polite-madman Todd's neck, it was one of them. After spending so much time getting the crap kicked out of him, it was satisfying for Jesse to have a moment of personal victory. Afterwards, watching him speed off, away from New Mexico forever, was every bit as heart-warming as it was tragic.
2. When Walt basically became James Bond
After we found out early in season 5 that Walt had purchased an M-60 in the parking lot of a Denny's (most likely not the restaurant's favorite endorsement), Internet rumors have flown about his intentions for the weapon. Last night Walt showed us, when he MacGyvered the gun into a robot-like weapon of doom that popped out of his car trunk with the click of button, immediately killing everyone in the vicinity. (Except, of course, Jesse, whom Walt finally decided to help out).
It was sort of reminiscent of another drug kingpin who enjoyed heavy artillery:
3. When Walt pretended Badger and Skinny Pete were "The Best Hitmen West of the Mississippi"
I mean, c'mon -- look at these two:
Tricking Gretchen and Elliott into thinking there were gunman watching them to ensure they followed Walt's instructions was one thing, but finding out those "snipers in the forest" were really just these two lovable meth-heads holding laser pointers took it to another level.
4. Watching Walt finally admit to Skylar that everything he did was for himself
Breaking Bad was a show built on its central character's transformation from mild-mannered teacher to heartless kingpin. Along the way, Walt made this transformation by constantly convincing himself that everything he did was for the good of his family. As he got better at lying to others, he also got better at lying to himself. In his final moments with Skylar, it was nice to see -- for the first time in five seasons -- that deep down Walt knew the truth. As he put it: "It made me feel alive."
5. Seeing the look on Lydia's face when she realized she had about 24 hours to live
The look on Lydia's face when Walt revealed he had slipped Ricin into her much beloved Stevia was priceless. (Just ignore the fact that it was kind of sweet that Todd's ringtone for Lydia was a song featuring her name.) Let's be honest, though -- with all the bad guys she was running around with, it's impressive that she survived until the series finale. Side note: Jimmy Kimmel noted on AMC's post-show discussion Talking Bad that it will be interesting to see what, if any, effect the finale has on Stevia sales.
6. Walt's Death
Though no one really knew how things would end, it seemed like a good bet that Walt wasn't going to survive the series. Between the rapid advancement of his lung cancer, the Nazis who wanted to kill him, the DEA who wanted to catch him, his family who hated him and Jesse who had every good thing in his life taken away by him, we knew Walt couldn't stay one step ahead of it all forever. Still, after taking out the Nazis, setting Jesse free, and ensuring financial stability for his children, Walt's death was about as peaceful as he could have hoped for. He needed to die in the end, but by making right a few of his many wrongs, we couldn't help but feel at peace with the way he went: slowly fading away in the middle of a lab, surrounded by his life's work. The accompanying lyrics of Badfinger's "Baby Blue" said it perfectly: "Guess I got what I deserved."
So now the critically acclaimed show has finally come to an end, and if you weren't a fan (which is CRAZY and means we can never be friends), you'll probably be happy not to have to hear about the series anymore.
At least not until next year's Emmys.