Why did Walt call the police at the end of Breaking Bad S05E15? He was supposed to be in hiding, and it was just a matter of luck that he wasn't caught... the police didn't check the inside of the cars, and 'his' was covered in snow.

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    Possible duplicate: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/14136/…
    – Jared
    Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 0:42
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    Why Walt called the police is pretty obvious, nothing to explain. Why Walt left is the real question and it's answered already.
    – user
    Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 10:11
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    @user wasn't obvious to me; I just didn't think he'd give up just like that... I thought it was one of his clever plans
    – tshepang
    Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 10:20

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It wasn't one of his clever plans... Walt called the police from the bar because he was ready to give up after Junior refused to take any money from him and told him to just die already.

Seeing Gretchen and Elliott on TV gave him the idea to use them to get the money to Junior, so he changed his mind and ran. Being in the car under the snow when the police arrived was just luck.

Walt got lucky a lot of times throughout the show, and never really understood that luck was as important to his success as careful planning.

  • ^ This. I always felt this was a purposeful sub-theme. Though Walt was dealt a terrible blow, he may yet have fared better if he'd just stayed straight. Commented Jul 1, 2021 at 16:01

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