BTW, it was the ricin cigarette in the baggie. I'm sure Walt will keep it around for possible future use, and it wouldn't surprise me if Sky gave it a smoke. Ew, what if Junior found it and decided to try smoking? The best use would be to slip it into Ted's pudding.
Speaking of Ted, without hair, he looks like Kevin McDonald. Not that Kevin McDonald doesn't have hair. The show did need another bald man, especially if Walt's gonna grow his out.
The best part about BB is that people no longer see Jonathan Banks and say, "Hey, it's that guy, ol' whatshisname!"
That Ted-scene was brutal. Seeing him like that just reminded me how tragic this is all gonna get. He's no innocent, but fuck:
I think Ted is definitely dead within the next few episodes, if not next week. I don't see this post-Gus Walt leaving any loose ends, especially not with the guy who boned his wife, and who (in his mind, maybe) is responsible for the disappearance of a good chunk of his money being readily able to rat them all out at the first opportunity. I bet he gets Skyler to go along with it, too.
I also have a feeling Mike is going to be curious about the details of Gus's death, and is going to end up helping Jesse piece together what actually went down the night Brock was poisoned.
Best guess about the opening is that Walt is in the witness protection program and coming back to the ABQ for revenge, which will end up with his family back in New Hampshire getting a target on their backs. I'm not sure he's going to die spectacularly in the finale since they are talking about a big screen movie followup. That could be misdirection/wishful thinking, I guess.
Walt not only had the New Hampshire ID, though -- when he got out to the parking lot, he was driving a Volvo with New Hampshire plates. Who goes to that length to back up a fake identity? Nobody rational. The thing to consider here is, when the gun dealer asks him, "This won't be crossing any borders, will it?" Walt answers, "It's not even leaving this town," or something similar. So, whatever this final play is, it's likely not going down in New Hampshire.
In that scene at the Denny's, they're still in Albuquerque -- the waitress asks if he's from there, or "passing through" to California. Walt either drove from New Hampshire with the car, or is convincing enough in his cover to know how long it takes to drive there. The waitress asks him about the drive from New Hampshire, and Walt says it's "a thirty-hour drive."
So in all likeliness, he's in New Mexico again during that sequence. Also, if Walt can obtain an M-60 machine gun, chances are good he can get a car with New Hampshire plates and a New Hampshire driver's license without having actually gone to New Hampshire. Probably part of Saul's escape-plan he almost used last season.
I really can't even speculate with this show. Even with the full head of hair, he's still on medication, and coughing slightly. Is the hair real? Has the cancer come back? Was he really in New Hampshire at some point? He was obviously tired, almost beaten-down, seemingly, but still could talk about the "good science museum," and make some small-talk with the waitress.
My head spins at the possibilities hinted at in that quiet cold-open.