So please - read on, but be aware that there are spoilers ahead.
|Really - I just want to talk.|
Reading that, Jesse's not Old Yeller.
But Walt is.
Think about it. Walt's desire to provide for his family drove him to the drug trade and, once bitten, he decided to live with the sting. Gradually, he's become sicker and sicker, going from making a sandwich for a captive Krazy-8 to coldly planning the mass murder of witnesses. If Jesse is read as Walt's adopted son - well, I think Jesse might be headed to the corn crib with a rifle.
Then again, Breaking Bad almost never does what I expect it to do. Maybe the M-60 in the trunk is Walt's putting-down-the-dog rifle. Maybe Skyler's the sick dog ("What's one more?" chilled me.) Maybe it's Hank, who's turned sharply from the bluff, hale-fellow-well-met agent we met in the pilot. At this point, none of the main characters (with the exception of Jr., who's always had more of a supporting role) can claim innocence. But who's actually rabid? And who's the heartbroken Travis Coates?
Oh, and Old Yeller will break your heart. Watch the clip, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Four to go.