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Breaking Bad – Who are in the body bags and why?

Breaking Bad body bags

All season long we’ve seen the mostly black-and-white flashbacks to some sort of catastophe at the White household. Piece by piece, we’ve seen the evidence unfold before us, showing us with increasing severity the things that have gone down. In this week’s episode, we see that things really appear to be more grim than we could have imagined, with the appearance of two body bags in the Whites’ driveway.

I’ve got what I think is a reasonable theory for what happens to cause the death and destruction at the home, and it’s not all that exciting.

Remember that, this week, we saw Walter going all Home Improvement on the house, tearing out and installing a new water heater and a whole lot of wood. As soon as I saw that new tankless heater, I knew it just had to be what eventually causes the house to blow up. However, while it fits with a few burned items floating in the pool, it doesn’t account for why the house is still standing, nor why the investigators in these scenes are wearing hazmat suits and not fireproof suits, helmets and air tanks.

While Walter’s impressive with the science, it doesn’t mean he’s a gifted carpenter or HVAC technician. This week we saw that Walter’s on a mean streak, feeling tougher than ever and perhaps a bit indestructible. He stands up to his brother-in-law (who didn’t really need standing up to in the first place) and, without fear, tells some encroaching meth makers to get the hell off his turf. And before all of that, he’s killed a man and survived almost certain death in the desert. It’s all a recipe for him being careless, which includes completely fucking up installing a gas-burning box in a closet.

The remaining question here: who are in those body bags? I’d rule out Walter right away, of course. Based on the size of them, unless the bags are filled with dismembered body parts, it could very well be Skyler and Walter Jr. I can’t even begin to imagine Walter’s state of mind after something like that happened.

Who else could it be, really? It’s not likely Jesse would ever be near Walter’s house, and Hank is too big to be in one of those bags. It’s possible we’d find out it’s a competing drug dealer out to take out Walter, but I feel like we would have seen that coming by now.

If I had to put money on it, I’d say it’s Skyler and Beneke, who she’s inevitably ready to get it on with. How they’re killed — whether it’s accidental or on purpose — isn’t clear and won’t be until we see it all go down. Got any guesses?

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10 Responses to “Breaking Bad – Who are in the body bags and why?”

May 11, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Good theories. Not sure who the heck is in those bags, but using those flash forwards at the beginning of most episodes this season is a really cool narrative device that has added a layer of ominous foreshadowing that creates mystery and unease before the storyline of the episode unfolds.

May 11, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Thought this episode was pretty amazing. I would be shocked if Skyler ended up being in the body bag. My best guess is that one of them is Walt’s new “lawyer.”

May 11, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I guess two guys who want to threaten him, there’ll be a fight in the house, the two guys will get killed and they’ll cover it up as a gas explosion. And of course he’ll get away with it like always.

All pretty unspectacular. None of the regular cast will die.

May 13, 2009 at 11:49 PM

The dead people will probably be minor characters, if characters at all. Similar to two guys in Tuco’s posse found dead at the junkyard.

May 16, 2009 at 11:55 PM

i think it is the new baby and the other kid in the bags

May 25, 2009 at 11:52 PM

OK, but apply a bit of TIVO and logic.
Let’s review what the space-suited guy was putting in the evidence bags.
Fist and foremost, that charred plush bear
Hanks glasses – wheres Hank then?
A cellphone – is it Hanks? which one of Hank’s two cellphones?
I don’t have Tivo and can’t remember the other items but maybe someone can add to the list
And, why is the Fugly Aztec’s windsheild look as if it has been SHOT out?
And, back to the Tivo, in this week’s preview, it shws a shawdowy figure standing above the pool. Who dat?

May 26, 2009 at 2:09 AM

You mean ‘Walt”, not ‘”Hank”. Hank does not wear glasses.

May 27, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Skyler is certainly not “ready to get it on” with Beneke. A woman cannot have sex so soon after having delivered a baby.

And I don’t think Walt would kill them just for a kiss…

I’m voting for Skyler’s sister and Walt Jr…

May 27, 2009 at 8:11 PM

My father-in-law and his brother are ten months apart. It’s certainly possible. :)

May 31, 2009 at 10:59 PM

it a plane crash above his house who would have geussed that