Mafia Wars added a new boss to the “Family Boss” fights. If you look at the picture, it’s easy to write her off an uninspired rip-off of Poison Ivy. Batman’s enemy, not the crazed jailbait babysitter.
Then you see the name. Lily O’Valley. For the uninformed, it seems especially lame. It doesn’t come off the tongue as nicely and they could have picked any poisonous plant, so why pick the lily of the valley?
Warning: Breaking Bad season 4 spoilers after the jump.
In a nutshell, Breaking Bad has been about Walter White and his journey to corruption. As the series progresses, Walt makes increasingly poor decisions that effect nearly everyone in his life, from his partner in crime to his eventually crippled brother-in-law, but always manages to find a way to come out on top.
Except, the stakes get higher as his mistakes grow bigger. Season four comes down to Walter White versus his former employer, Gus Fring. The only reason Walter White survives is because his former partner, Jesse Pinkman, says he would stop cooking meth if Gus kills Mr. White. Walter knows this and has the balls to tell Gus that he knows. Gus assures him that Jesse will change his mind in due time.
Walt has to come up with a plan, any plan, to make sure Jesse stays on his side. He also knows that he has to get rid of Gus Fring once and for all. So, he sits in his garden and thinks about things. He spins a pistol as he contemplates taking his own life to protect the ones he loves. The pistol stops and points over at a plant that Walt stares at for a while. Little is said and nothing is made of it.
Skip forward an episode. A boy has been poisoned, and Jesse believes it to be ricin, a poison that Walter gave him to use on Gus Fring, that has gone missing. Jesse agrees to help Walt. Walt uses the old “enemy of my enemy is my friend” trick to murder Gus. All seems well, Walt and Jesse destroy the only thing linking them to a massive meth lab, and they have a talk. Jesse finds out, after all is said and done, that it wasn’t the ricin that poisoned the boy. Instead, it was a plant with sweet berries called the “lily of the valley.”
Everything seems to be over, but then we are left with this final shot to end season four.
Walter’s moral compass has officially eroded. It was a brilliant, finesse ending to a terrific season. For fans, Lily of the Valley is instantly recognizable.
A quick Google search shows this isn’t the first time Mafia Wars has flirted with Breaking Bad. There was a short Breaking Bad promotion back in July 2011 to promote the start of season four. Looks like things have come full circle, now.Tweet
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