Originally Posted by a blinkin
Everyone's so sure Walt dies. Has it been confirmed by the creators and I missed it?
Think about it... This time tomorrow...
the way i see it its all chess (much like the wire)
walt is the queen
and his family is the king
he dies in order to save the king (second most important piece saving the most important) and because the king doesnt die, its a "happy" ending
the more i thought about this theory the more it made sense.
when working for gus walt was a pawn, he was really restricted in what he could do because of gus/hank/skyler so he pretty much could only move forward slowly (real life: cooking meth everyday and following orders, chess: pawn can only move one square forward per turn)
in chess a pawn rarely makes it across the board, its pretty much a miracle if it does. much like how walt manages to stay alive/off hank's radar the whole time.
at the end of season 4 walt somehow someway makes it to the other side and kills the king (gus). what happens when a pawn makes it to the other side of the board? he becomes a queen (ignore the gender title, this is strictly chess)
in season 5 we see walt enjoy the effects of being a queen, much like a pawn being able to move in any direction however far he wants walt also finds all his restrictions gone. he is his own boss, he starts ignoring skyler telling him to not spend money (buying the cars) and he even fearlessly confronts hank.
as for his family being the king, it also happens to mirror what a king does in chess
in chess a king stays way back, never really moving (family stays home all the time)
the only time you would move your king is when it's in danger, such as at the end of season 4 where they all move to hanks place
not sure if all this was actually intended by the writers but i thought it was pretty cool