In the middle of the Breaking Bad episode entitled "Confessions", Jesse and Saul are waiting to meet Walt somewhere in the desert. As they are standing next to their car, the camera brings up a close shot of a big hairy spider, the same kind of spider as the killed boy, Drew Sharp, carried in a glass jar.

Is there any symbolism, or is this just a coincidence, this spider being of a common kind?

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    If you have your own theory, then you should rather post it as answer instead of putting it into the question (and thus making it a non-question).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 17:52

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According to one fan theory, Fly represent Jesse and Todd represent spider. Fly can't be controlled but spider can be.

Here is elaborated detail-

The fly represents the cause of Walt's problems, and I believe that is Jesse Pinkman. This thread from a few days ago does a good job of pointing that out here.

The fly is always out there causing problems, and he cannot be contained by Walt despite all his efforts. There is reason to believe that Jesse will be causing Walt even further problems in the next episodes to come. I believe that the only way the fly can be eliminated is from his natural predator, the spider, Todd. Todd has consistently taken care of Walt's problems in the past, with the child and the multiple hits on potential witnesses. Unlike the fly, the spider is easily contained (kept in a jar) and reliable. Todd's most recent actions were taking out that sleezebag's crew, who very well may have caused further complications for Walt. If the buyers from the Czech Republic who we keep hearing so much about continued to be unsatisfied with the product, it could cause more trouble for Walt.

Another thread mentioned that Jesse and Todd were opposites. Jesse is a rude man with a conscious, and Todd is a gentleman without a conscious. One could argue the fly and spider are opposites, or at least conflicting forces since flies are prey to the spider. I believe that we will see some sort of showdown between Jesse and Todd. The result will cause either trouble or relief for Walt, depending on the victor. One reason that comes to mind as to why Jess and Todd would meet is that Jesse makes good meth. Todd may want to lure Jesse into his web to make better meth in order to keep the satisfaction of the buyers at a high level.


This theory was old and unaware to the end but still I feel its somewhere partially rite. Jesse looks fly to me too because of his free will, on the other hand Todd looks like a true assistant to me sometime for Walt and other time to his uncle, controllable like Spider which can be contained in jar.


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