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"Breaking Bad" Series Finale: Who Lived, Who Died, How'd It All End?

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The series finale of "Breaking Bad" was oh-so-good.

While some TV shows go out with a ton of unanswered questions and open-ended assumptions ("Lost," "Dexter," we're looking at you!), Heisenberg and Co. ended the show by tying up a ton of loose ends -- and finally killing someone from the much talked-about ricin

So, after 62 episodes, where does everyone stand? Keep reading to see who lived, who died and who got sweet, sweet justice. 

Obviously, SPOILERS AHEAD:

Gretchen & Elliott Return

We all knew Walt would go after the incredibly wealthy Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz -- especially after they proclaimed on TV that he had nothing to do with their uber-successful company Gray Matter, except coming up with the name, on the penultimate episode.

But most people probably didn't think it would go down like this. No, Walt didn't off his former business partners -- he instead uses their wealth to his advantage.

After sneaking into their house, Walt gives them $9 million in drug money and tells them to start a trust in Walt Jr.'s name for when he turns 18. While the government would seize anything that comes from him, they wouldn't be suspicious of the Schwartzes. They're his new money launderers.

To make sure they do what they're told, he makes them believe there are snipers watching them -- but in reality it was only Skinny Pete and Badger with a couple of laser pointers. Glad we got to see them one last time!

Goodbye to Skyler, Flynn & Holly

Walt then visits Skyler in her new abode. It's definitely a downgrade from their house, which is now in shambles.

In one of the finale's most moving moments, Walter finally tells his wife what she's always wanted to hear about why he entered the meth business.

"I did it for me, I liked it. I was good at it. I was alive," he tells her -- a reversal from all his previous "I did it for the family" proclamations.

She then let him say goodbye to a sleeping Holly. Walt only gets a final glimpse at Flynn as he walks home from school. Bye White family, hope you can move on from this.

The Final Shootout

After telling Todd and Lyida that he had a new, cost-effective recipe for meth, Walt meets up with the Nazis at their hideout to go over the details.

They aren't in the mood to work out a deal though and instead plan on killing him. 

Before they can do the deed, Walt lunges at a chained up Jesse, pushing him to the ground before setting off a remote-controlled machine gun in his trunk. Walt's move saves Jesse's life and the gun effectively kills almost all the Nazis.

Walt shoots Uncle Jack point blank while Jesse gets his own justice on Todd -- strangling him with one of his chains.

Walt gives Jesse the chance to shoot him, giving him his gun and telling him it's what he wants. But Jesse hesitates, notices Walt has already been shot from a stray bullet and then tells him to do it himself.

"I think he is just above that, let Walt die in his own misery," Aaron Paul said of Jesse's decision on "Talking Bad" after the finale. "Walt died kind of protecting Jesse, I thought that was really beautiful."

Jesse then hops into his car and drives off screaming, knowing that he's finally free. It's a moment of pure glee and the last we see of Mr. Pinkman. So long, bitch!

The Death of Walter White 

In the show's final moments, Walt intercepts a phone call from a very sick Lydia on Todd's phone. After telling her that all her minions are dead, he tells her why she's really so under the weather: Ricin.

Yep, Lydia was the one who finally got poisoned. Did any of you think it'd be her?

Walt then heads to the workshop, takes one final look at all the chemistry equipment that got him into this mess in the first place and then drops dead from blood loss, just as the cops arrive.

Some Final Thoughts

The fact that Walt technically died at his own hand is fitting. There was no way he was going to make it out of the finale alive -- and having Jesse kill him was the obvious out.

Everyone else got what was coming to them and while it wasn't the happiest ending, there's still hope for the rest of the White family and Jesse now that they're free from Walt.

"This is as good as it gets. I think we’re all — and I certainly am — a little adrift from such an experience of where you truly cared about, you were so proud of what the material was," Jonathan Banks (Mike) said during "Talking Bad."

"And then you fell in love with all these people. You literally fell in love with these people. And it went from the network to the guy who turned out all the lights. We were all so happy to be there," he added.

And we were so happy to be watching. Our Sunday nights won't be the same!

What do you think? Were you happy with the outcome? It goes down in our books as one of the best finales in recent history, especially when compared to the off-putting "Dexter" ending.

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