‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Says Series Finale will be Polarizing

Published 1 year ago by , Updated September 15th, 2013 at 9:32 pm,

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Creator Says Series Finale will be Polarizing

Try as we might to avoid such a thing, the end of Breaking Bad will eventually come, and with its approach comes all manner of speculation as to what, exactly, series creator Vince Gilligan and his writers have up their sleeves for everyone’s favorite sickly-school-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his on-again, off-again partner-in-crime, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

If you are NOT caught up on the events of Breaking Bad - READ NO FURTHER.

The first half of season 5 left fans to deal with not only the flash-forward of a bearded and bespectacled Walt at the early stages of what appeared to be an endgame, but also the fact that his tenacious brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris) had stumbled upon some convincing evidence that Heisenberg was far closer than he’d ever imagined. Those two scenes certainly left the audience with plenty to ponder, as the long wait for the second half of season 5 began.

Now, in an interview he recently gave to Vulture, Gilligan goes into some detail as to what can be expected in the final 8 episodes. He also addresses his stance on the notion of justice finding Walt, what films he and his writers have taken cues from, and how the ending – which is still a work in progress – will certainly have its fair share of detractors.

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Gilligan stated:

We’re not gonna please everyone, we’re not gonna please everyone…This is what I keep telling myself so I can sleep at night. It’s going to be polarizing no matter how you slice it, but you don’t want 10 percent to say it was great and 90 percent to say it [sucked]. You want those numbers to be reversed.”

Knowing that there will certainly be a lot riding on the final moments of one of the most talked-about and celebrated series in the last decade, Gilligan goes on to say that he and his writers have taken considerable inspiration from films like Casablanca – a film with an ending, Gilligan calls “pretty perfect.” While Breaking Bad isn’t necessarily heading toward a similar resolution, it will be striving to achieve “that kind of satisfaction.”

“No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn’t get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn’t get her because he has to save the free world. What better ending is there than that?”

Of course, that end will, by and large, have to do with just what kind of comeuppance (if any) is waiting for Walt, as the series draws to a close. Gilligan is very clear on what his personal view on the matter is, but maintains that’s not always the way things work out.

“I’m very cornball in my own view of the world. It just makes sense to me that bad people should get punished and good people should be rewarded. I know it doesn’t work like that in real life, but there’s always that yearning. Oddly enough, I don’t feel any real pressure to pay off the characters, morally speaking.

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He also mentions that, in addition to answering the question of whether or not Walt will face justice, is the need for all of the other characters to be given a proper send off – which could mean just about anything for the likes of Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walt Jr. (R.J. Mitte) and newcomers, Lydia (Laura Fraser) and Todd (Jesse Plemons) – but when it comes to Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Gilligan all but assures his survival.

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  1. Walt will lure all relevant parties to the nazi hangout. So Lydia, Elliott, Gretchen and the nazi gang will go down in a blood bath. Jesse goes undetected in the underground jail and escapes. He will find Walt’s family and kill them. Walt, who will not allow anybody even cancer to control his demise will use the ricin on himself.

  2. Walt taking Ricin…..M60 Shoot-out with Jack’s gang….Jessie and Walt showdown…..all too predictable for BB. He needs Jack’s gang killed, (and Lydia too) and his money back. And who is the ricin for? I predict he will not use it to kill anybody we know. He will somehow manage to lace a small strategic batch of meth with the ricin; the sample batch that Todd will prepare for Lydia to trial on her Eastern European connections. The inevitable disaster that follows will anger Lydia’s connections causing them to kill Jack’s gang, thus doing Walt’s work for him. Lydia gets killed in crossfire, the blue meth “Brand” is forever tainted so nobody can profit from that recipe again and the Heisenburg legend dies with it. Jessie survives but is left powerless to kill Walt. WALT LIVES!!!!

    • Nah. Time is of the essence. Whatever happens has to be short and concise. It would take weeks for a ricin tainted meth situation to unfold.

  3. The ricin will either be used for Walt on himself or on Lydia, as we all know she likes Stevia sweetener in her tea.

    • I guess you saw that coming…?

  4. Walt is going to find a way to pin everything on Uncle Jack, who by now is in possession of most of the barrels of cash, can be proven via ballistics to have shot Hank and his colleague, and is currently presiding over a functioning meth lab that is producing the pure blue stuff. The authorities will believe this, as Jack-an Aryan-Nation-loving ex-con–is a more credible candidate for Heisenberg/major drug kingpin than Walt ever was. Jesse will help him do this; although J. hates Walt, he hates Jack and his crew even more. I don’t know who gets the Ricin, Lydia maybe. That’s not so important.

  5. Walt will return to New Mexico and kill everyone in his path(both enemies and friends, even family). He will give the ricin to baby Holly and kill Flynn for being ungrateful. He will then rape Marie and force Skyler to watch before killing them both. He will continue his rampage by killing jack,todd,jesse,lydia, gretchen, elliot,etc. After calling in his harrier strike and reaching 25 kills Walt will call in a nuke and flee to Mexico, taking Brock with him to be his protege. Walt will then continue to cook meth in Mexico while simultaneously making chemical weapons to sell to Syria. He will then change his last name to Guzman, he will no longer be known as Heisenberg but now as ” El Walter Guzman.” Then I will replace Vince Gilligan and continue the story with Brock in a spin-off series of Breaking Bad called El Guapo Guzman.

  6. Well then, okay, “My Prediction”! Good luck with El Guapo Guzman.

    Maybe it can be combined with the alleged Saul Goodman spin-off!

  7. I’d go for a twist on a Wizard of Oz ending. Walt is shot and rushed to the hospital, his eyes close for a moment and when they reopen, Hank, Skylar, and Walt Jr. are standing around his hospital bed. Skylar says “…so when the school called to tell us you went to the hospital, we rushed down as quickly as we could and…” and is interrupted by Walt flatlining as the camera blurs to black. Cut to Jesse saying “‘Apply yourself?’ …Why don’t you ‘apply this’ Mr. White!” to another classmate outside the high school.

    Then roll credits over Walt in a sparkly angel outfit playing bass harp to “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.”

  8. Final scene: Male hands pushing Holly in a baby swing. Male voice calls across the playground: “Come on, Brock, time to go home now.” Jesse leads Holly and Brock to his new vehicle. He locks Holly into her carseat as Brock gets in the back seat beside her. Last shot: Jesse smiling at the two kids, now his own.

  9. ADM,
    That’s quite an interesting scenario – one that I would have never considered.

    • Walt uses the ricin to tamper with Gray Pharmaceutical.

  10. Musings:
    Lung cancer metastasizes to the brain. Could this be the cause of Walt’s transformation to Heisenberg? Cause his ultimate death in the last episode? He’ll be dying. Right?

  11. disappointing end…was impressed with depth and insights into human nature…loved how smoothly the writers let normal joe’s slide into filth…turning on strangers and family alike for their own wants…”I don’t want to see” was the story line! The writers caved to the public being seduced by Walt…Walt was a drug producing sociopath child killer…Yet the writers allowed him all the control in the final show…Walt died on his own terms…all these fantastic writers and that is all they could give their audience…it may as well have been a Dallas ending shame, shame, shame.

    • You just said the ending of a show was bad because it wasnt supporting the idea that doing bad things will result in bad consequences for yourself.

      Thats not how the world works.
      We dont even know if the things we do are bad or good.

      • That’s not what I said: I said the public was seduced by Walt’s character (yes, no argument, fantastic acting, we were all smitten with the drug manufacturing killer). The series was beautifully crafted,well thought out, with lots of twists…my complaint was not as simple minded as you suggested…I questioned why such a gritty production chose to sugar coat the ending.

        • Caxm,
          How was the ending sugar-coated? Seemed pretty gritty to me.

          The armor piercing automatic machine gun and all the blood and guts?

          Smitten with Walt/Heisenberg? On the contrary – he was a despicable, lying, murderer, psychopath. I was smitten with the acting abilities of Bryan Cranston. Let’s keep those two separate.

          How Jesse choked the life out of Todd was pretty gritty and violent.

          The horrific nature of Walt’s ‘visit’ with the Schwartzes? The threat to their lives. The laser on the bodies.

          Walt was shot to death and bled out. Pretty gritty to me.

          Therefore, I disagree with your opinion.

          • Barbara, no need to be patronizing, yes it was cleverly constructed, we’d expect no less and yes all the loose ends were tied up. All very gratifying, I think we are in agreement apart from the demise chosen for the Walt character. Respectfully Cax.

            • Actually, caxm, I was not being patronizing. I had points to make and I made them.

              What do you think would have been a proper ending to Walt’s life? Was he Walt or Heisenberg in the end? A little of both?

              Respectfully,
              Barbara

  12. The ending was beyond brilliant! The entire story-line was, writing, directing, camera work and of course acting was brilliant. The writers caved to no one at any time throughout the series.

    The details along the way left nothing out.

    We will never see another riveting
    How many movies and tv shows will copy BB? Never match the brilliance.

    Umad? Give our humanity more credit — of course we know if our actions are bad or good.

    Did anyone watch Talking Bad after Felina? What on earth was Giancarlo Esposito talking about with regard to his Gus character?

    Characters and story will be missed.

  13. The ending was beyond brilliant! The entire story-line was, writing, directing, camera work and of course acting was brilliant. The writers caved to no one at any time throughout the series.

    The details along the way left nothing out.

    We will never see another riveting story like this one.
    How many movies and tv shows will copy BB? Never match the brilliance.

    Umad? Give our humanity more credit — of course we know if our actions are bad or good.

    Did anyone watch Talking Bad after Felina? What on earth was Giancarlo Esposito talking about with regard to his Gus character?

    Characters and story will be missed.

  14. I think the Serious should have ended, in a similar fashion to how Death Note (a very well known anime) ended. As we all know, Walt is the antagonist, protagonist that we all love to hate. If things were a bit more devastating to him, (for example his family dies or something worse) and stuff like that it would have been a bigger impact i suppose.

    Perhaps in the same fashion how he played Tuco, Gus and the other guy in a game of chess, he should have been beatin by someone else at his own game, as a kind of justification to what he’s done.

    But none the less, the ending is perfect in its own regards. Love this show, deserves a sequel or something! I heard speculation of “Need for Speed” movie being a sort of sequel to Breaking Bad once Jesse rides off in his car. Although HIGHLY improbable, would be SO awesome :D

    • I believe that there’s a Better Call Saul type of prequel in the works. He’s a funny guy, Bob Odenkirk.
      Maybe Jesse will be in that show, too. Aaron Paul is an amazing actor.

  15. Bring back Walter white Pickman Saul and Skyler. How can you stop making the best t.v. series EVER. You made it the #1 show so I know you can bring it back better then ever. PLEASE use your talents and bring back Walt. Thank you. Sincerely your biggest fans-Maria & Bill

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