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S5:E8 "Gliding Over All" - If Hank hadn't discovered the Walt Whitman book, would Walter White have gotten away with it?

I've been wondering something for awhile now: if Hank had never discovered the Walt Whitman book (Leaves of Grass) in his brother-in-law's bathroom, would Walter White have gotten away with everything he did?

Think about it: left undiscovered, Hank would have had no reason to take another look at the Gale Boetticher case. To me, leaving that book out in the open, or even leaving Gale's note there, seems like a careless mistake on Walt's part.

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Its hard to say but it is obvious that finding that book was what caused Hank to finally learn that his scumbag brother in law was the criminal he had been chasing all along and was right in front of him the whole time. Hank is my favourite character and seeing him stadning in the presence of Walt before learning of his criminal actiivties is painful to watch.

And Walt having that book out in the open was a careless move, however nobody else, aside from Hank and Jesse would have known the significnce of Gale's wrting at the begiining and I guess Walt thought Hank had given up trying to catch him once he murdered all of Gus' former employees, so he severely underestimated Hank's determiation to catch him.

Don't forget, Hank had given up investigating Gale and thought he was Heisenberg, but Walt drunkenly told him to contiune looking for the real "genius". This caused Hank to re-open the case and eventually led him to evidence incrimitating gus and eventually to Walt himself (the book signed by Gale). So Walt pretty much planted the seeds for Hank cathing him during that dinner. Walt coul'dve gotten off scott-free had his pride not taken over.

So wrapping up here, had Hank not found the book, Walt would have gotten away with it. There was no one else that would blow the wistle on Walt (not even Jesse, to Hank at least), he retired from the buisness, had his money safely hidden away and evenutally would have died from cancer and Skyler would not have ever told Hank about Walt's crimes (she was waiting for him to die all along)

Takes a shit, "solved the case"

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One problem I've always had with the show.

Hank's character comes accross as an incredibly insightful, talented investigator who is able to catch the most subtle action or clue. It was he and only he who suspected Gus based on seeing a Los Pollos Hermanos napkin in Gale's apartment.

Yet despite many obvious clues he never suspected Walt! He never put together Walt's sudden interest in a ride along and his inquisitive questions with his sudden need for money, knowledge of chemistry, mysterious behavoir and disapperances and the missing lab equipment from Walt's school! 

He never noticed the very obvious apprehension Walt had of Hanks investigation into Gus landry Matt and chicken farm..

Well Hank was the one who offered to take him on the ride along but your right! Hank should have susepcted as early as Season 1 that Walt was cooking Meth!

Like they found a respirator from Walt's school at a cook sight with the purest meth ever seen for years and Walt was one of the few people with access to the lab equipment room..... so your telling me he couldn't piece those two together! Only a chemistry master could've peoduced meth like that and no junkie! But Walt back then just seemed too kind and passive to be capable of such actions so his camoflauge helped him alot in staying off Hank's radar.

And for the next 4 seasons Walt was always ahead of him..... Jesse warned Hank and Gomez that Walt was smarter and luckier than both of them and unfortunetly he was right.......

Its also funny that Walt wanted Hank to catch him....... he was itching for the chance to tell Hank that he was the criminal mastermind behind the most profitiable meth empire in the southwest and tipped him off once he gave up investigating gale lol

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LastofUsInfected wrote:
Well Hank was the one who offered to take him on the ride along but your right! Hank should have susepcted as early as Season 1 that Walt was cooking Meth!

Like they found a respirator from Walt's school at a cook sight with the purest meth ever seen for years and Walt was one of the few people with access to the lab equipment room..... so your telling me he couldn't piece those two together! Only a chemistry master could've peoduced meth like that and no junkie! But Walt back then just seemed too kind and passive to be capable of such actions so his camoflauge helped him alot in staying off Hank's radar.

And for the next 4 seasons Walt was always ahead of him..... Jesse warned Hank and Gomez that Walt was smarter and luckier than both of them and unfortunetly he was right.......

Its also funny that Walt wanted Hank to catch him....... he was itching for the chance to tell Hank that he was the criminal mastermind behind the most profitiable meth empire in the southwest and tipped him off once he gave up investigating gale lol

Thanks for the comments LastofUsInfected

It's still a great show I'm sure you'd agree. So well written too.

I can't wait for season 4 of BCS but it;s such a long wait!

Same :/
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