Believe it or not, it’s really starting to feel like Breaking Bad is coming to an end.

“Buyout” is an episode where everything from Walter White’s past year is coming back to haunting him, starting with how to dispose of the body of the boy that Todd shot at the end of last week’s episode. It was a plot-line that was such a prominent part of the first season, one of Walt and Jesse figuring out how to get rid of the bodies of the drug dealers they killed in self defense. Ultimately they settled on dissolving the bodies in hydrofluoric acid, the method they elect for getting rid of the boy and his bike in this episode–except this time they use the tub Walt recommended in the first season as opposed to the bathtub Jesse elected to use just an episode later.

Walter White is coming to terms with two forms of “buying out” in this episode: the more pressing one is that Mike and Jesse, who have been in the blue meth industry for a long time, want to sell their share of 333 barrels of methylamine to a nearby Phoenix drug connection for $5 million each.

While Mike has never been one to get uneasy easily, he can’t help but feel that having to throw off three trails in the span of one day could lead to something more worrisome down the line. He wants to get out while he’s not in too deep in Walt’s shenanigans, that way he could spend more time with his granddaughter. After all, there’s nothing quite like spending the day with your granddaughter after a long day of robbing trains and assassinating anyone that gets in the way of your blue meth operation.

Jesse, on the other hand, is having difficulty coming to terms with all of the blood on his hands as a result of Walt’s shenanigans. Last season we saw him struggle with having to shoot Gale point blank just to keep Walt and his family safe, now Jesse’s having a relapse of his inability to process how an innocent child can be shot at the hands of blue meth (a la season three).

In the case of both Walt and Mike (I’ll even throw Skyler into the mix), Walt’s shenanigans are getting to be too much to handle. He’s becoming ruthless, more risky, even a bit Gus-like. Following the murder of the little boy at the hands of Todd, Walt’s “three options” of how to handle the situation (fire Todd and pay him to keep his mouth shut, kill Todd, or just keep Todd under their gaze and pray he doesn’t try anything stupid) were delivered in a Gus-like manner. In fact, it brings to mind the options Gus had when he was dealing with Walt and Jesse, the very options that went against Walt’s liking and led to Gus’ death. While it doesn’t seem like Todd will be one to execute King White, he may become a liability somewhere down the line.

The other “buyout” Walt is troubled by is that of Grey Matter, the company which he essentially co-founded way back when. Earlier in the series, when Walt first found out he had cancer, his friend approached him and offered him a role in the company’s future, a role which would have funded his cancer treatment and made him a very wealthy man. Walt, too stubborn to accept a pity offer, went the hard route and cooked crystal meth to…well, you know how that story goes if you’re this far into the series. As it turns out, that Grey Matter company is worth $1.1 billion now, just over a year after he was offered a role in the company he helped found.

There’s no doubt that Walt is consumed by regret and a little bit of guilt at this point, if even subconsciously so. When Jesse comes over (later resulting in a rather hilarious, uncomfortable, straight-out-of-a-cheesy-romantic-comedy dinner scene between Jesse, Skyler and Walt), Walt actually reveals and even hints at his regrets for making his money the hard, bloody way.

The only other scene of the episode that’s worthy of mention is the one where Walt escapes Mike’s captivity by burning the handcuffs off his wrists, thus burning himself in the process. It’s a perfect example of how hardened Walt has come in just over a year. Before he was Walter White and occasionally assumed the identity  of Heisenberg to intimidate others and to keep his “work life” separate from his life as a family man. Now it’s quite the reverse: he’s always menacing, ahead of everyone else by at least two steps and just a cunning, devious man (that many people still seem to root for).

Ladies and gentleman, Heisenberg has bought out Walter White’s body. Walter White is just a distant memory. He is no more.