The finale of Breaking Bad is tonight. Here’s what’s going to happen!
Vince Gilligan, the screenwriter behind the show, gave a clue on Talking Bad with the title of the episode: “Felina”.* He remarked that some people noted that this was an anagram of finale. That’s a dodge.
I think this is a reference to the Marty Robbins song “El Paso” (covered a few hundred times by the Grateful Dead). Here’s the lyrics (with my annotations in italics):
Out in the West Texas town of El Paso (close enough)
I fell in love with a Mexican girl. (Skyler … close enough)
Night-time would find me in Rosa's cantina;
Music would play and Felina would whirl.
(Or is the White’s home Rosa’s, and Felina is money?)
Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina,
Wicked and evil while casting a spell.
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden;
I was in love but in vain, I could tell.
One night a wild young cowboy came in, (Tuco? Gus?)
Wild as the West Texas wind.
Dashing and daring,
A drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina,
The girl that I loved.
So in anger I
Challenged his right for the love of this maiden.
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
My challenge was answered in less than a heart-beat;
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.
Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
Shocked by the FOUL EVIL [sic] deed I had done.
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there;
I had but one chance and that was to run.
Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran,
Out where the horses were tied.
I caught a good one.
It looked like it could run.
Up on its back
And away I did ride,
Just as fast as I
Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the bad-lands of New Mexico. (to the cook site?)
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless.
Everything's gone in life; nothing is left.
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death.
(In Albaquerque, Walt’s life was worthless, so he fled to New Hampshire. But now he has no life. His love for his family/money is strong, so he returns).
I saddled up and away I did go,
Riding alone in the dark.
A bullet may find me.
Tonight nothing's worse than this
Pain in my heart.
And at last here I
Am on the hill overlooking El Paso;
I can see Rosa's cantina below.
My love is strong and it pushes me onward.
Down off the hill to Felina I go.
Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys; (the nazis)
Off to my left ride a dozen or more. (the DEA)
Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me.
I have to make it to Rosa's back door.
Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side.
Though I am trying
To stay in the saddle,
I'm getting weary,
Unable to ride.
(I’ll bet you a buck Walt gets wounded)
But my love for
Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen,
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest.
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle.
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.
(The second bullet’s drop Walt for good. White puffs of dust/smoke in the distance have repeatedly been used in scenes set at the cook site on the reservation).
From out of nowhere Felina has found me,
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
One little kiss and Felina, good-bye.
(Either Skyler will find the wounded Walt, and he’ll die in her arms, or Walt will die clutching his money or some meth)
I’m sure many other people caught this reference. For my part, all I can say is that I recognized it right away, and know the lyrics to the song pretty damn well, so the lightbulbs went off like crazy for me.
* He also gave the clue “woodworking”. I have no clue what this means, but if I had to hazard a guess I’d say that they were going to maim Jesse with woodworking tools.