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Episode: "Full Measure"
The Big Question: What, exactly, did Jesse just do?
We could have included Hank's discovery at the end of "Gliding All Over" here, but silly AMC and "Breaking Bad" still maintain that was just a cliffhanger at the end of a midseason finale, which is a totally different thing. Instead, what we have is a cliffhanger that Vince Gilligan didn't think was a cliffhanger. Jesse goes to Gale's house, interrupts his tea-making and points a gun at him. Here's where cinematic grammar actually matters. Jesse is directly pointing the gun at Gale for a good 20 seconds. But then an adjustment of the camera creates the illusion that Jesse is moving the gun. The point of the shot is presumably to make us complicit in this horrible act that Jesse can't come back from. Instead, the change in camera position created at least the perception of ambiguity. Did Jesse decide at the last minute not to kill Gale? Did he just shoot the wall? Can he still be redeemed? In exit interviews, Gilligan was confused by the perception of ambiguity, but rewatching it? Yeah. That's a cliffhanger.
- Daniel Fienberg