It's been a long week on ye ol' board, and I figure we could use a distraction. I ask the mods to grandfather this topic in from OT season to our current non-OT season. I think Brian's numerous Walter White references allow for that. This is like a post about The Smiths.
So, what do you think will happen? Will Walt live? Will he manage to get his money back and somehow get it to his family? Will Jesse live? What about Skyler, Marie, Junior, Lydia, and Todd & the Nazis*?
My prediction: Walt dies but gets a least some money to his family. Vince Gilligan said that he thinks the ending isn't too bad for Walt, though people might think he's crazy for saying that once they've seen the final episodes.
I can't imagine Jesse - poor Jesse - making it out of all of this alive. I'd love to see him live, get some of Walt's money, and adopt Brock, but that's the sort of fairytale ending that looks like it is not at all in the cards.
I think Skyler, Junior, and Holly all survive. Their deaths would be cruel even by Breaking Bad standards.
I think Todd, Jack, and the rest of their gang of sociopaths all die. I think Lydia will get away, though, as a nod to the fact that high-level criminals in suits tend to skate while street-level criminals do not.
I think we haven't seen the last of Marie.
I think Badger will write his Star Trek screenplay on a burrito wrapper and lose it when it is shredded by a Roomba.
*Todd & the Nazis were a well-reviewed, if controversial, proto-punk band in the '70s.