Norm MacDonald has a very interesting Breaking Bad theory he would like to share


Norm MacDonald took to Twitter Wednesday morning to discuss his thoughts on Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale and, man, does he have an interesting theory.

Many people believe that the final episode of the series ended a little bit too perfectly for Walter White, and Norm believes there’s a reason behind that – because the majority of the episode was a fantasy in Walt’s head.

That’s right, Norm thinks that Walt died during the opening scene of the finale, right there in that snow covered Volvo in New Hampshire. Everything after that point in “Felina” was a sick, twisted vision of how Walt wanted things to play out.

While there are a few holes in Norm’s theory and barely any solid evidence to suggest it’s accurate, it’s definitely worth least pondering a bit. After all, things did seem to pan out all too conveniently for Heisenberg in the final 75 minutes of Breaking Bad - the keys falling in his lap, the New York Times secretary falling for Walt’s schtick on the payphone, not getting recognized in the Denny’s or anywhere around Albuquerque, the  machine gun functioning perfectly and killing everyone Walt wanted to and, ultimately, him dying peacefully without having to face any repurcussions.

Let’s be honest – that’s an extremely fortunate sequence for a guy who hasn’t seen very much luck in his six years on television. I know that the show needed closure and things had to go one way or another, but the fact that Walt “got away with it” and wound up being kind of a good guy in the end seemed like a convenient and somewhat predictable ending for Vince Gilligan’s standards.

Maybe Norm is just crafting an alternate ending for those Breaking Bad fans who are struggling with the idea that, in the end, everything could work out exactly the way Walt wanted it to. And, if that’s the case, he did a really good job. Check out his tweets below, rewatch the opening sequence, and decide for yourself.


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Pete Blackburn
Founder & lead editor of The Nosebleeds. Journalism graduate of Endicott College, Class of 2013. Boston born & raised.
  • Mintek

    Not only does this theory contradict what the episode’s writer/director/creator said after it aired that he wanted an ending which crossed all T’s and dotted all i’s (which alone should put this stupid theory to rest), but Walt had NO CLUE that Jesse was chained to a meth lab or that his blue meth was back on the market until he returned to New Mexico . . . Theory debunked.

  • scumby

    Norm’s theory is a way for team anti-walt to feel good about the final.