‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Script Pages Reveal ‘Happy’ Ending

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[This post contains Breaking Bad SPOILERS - Obviously.]

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Almost everyone who followed Breaking Bad for five seasons – with the exception of Oliver Stone – was ultimately satisfied and impressed with the way creator Vince Gilligan and his team of writers were able to tie up all the show’s dangling loose ends in its highly-rated finale episode, ‘Felina.’ Even still, some viewers were left wondering how to feel after witnessing one of television’s greatest antiheroes take his last breath.

For Walter White – a character who built his life’s work on a trail of murder, betrayal and greed – a typical “happy” ending wouldn’t have seemed right, but considering the dark and dire circumstances of the show’s final episodes, the ending Breaking Bad fans received appeared to be as hopeful and as bright as they could imagine. But was that the creative team’s intent behind the series’ conclusion? Now, we finally know for certain with the release of the finale’s script pages.

At this year’s Austin Film Festival this past week – where Gilligan was honored for his work on the iconic series – the Writer’s Guild Foundation paid tribute to the show and delighted its fans at the same time by displaying the finale’s script at an exhibit. Unsurprisingly, someone snapped a couple of photos of the script’s final two pages, which all but confirm the writers’ optimistic vision for the show’s ending. Check them out below, courtesy of Uproxx

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As we see from the second-to-last-page, the open-ended conclusion of Jessie’s arc was – as many interpreted it to be – intentionally hopeful. While no one is sure where Jesse is going – not even Gilligan – as he speeds away from his old life, what truly matters is he’s headed to “something better.” As the series drew to a close, most fans were rooting for Jessie to escape his troubled past and wipe the slate clean, so they should take comfort in Gilligan’s positive – albeit still slightly ambiguous – outlook on Jessie’s future.

Compared to Jessie, Walt’s ending was much more straightforward – yet most would agree that it was poignant and appropriate at the same time. The last page of the finale’s script paints the picture that viewers saw in the final moments of the series, as Walt finally passes on in peace, with the knowledge that he accomplished what he set out to do, in his only real home – the meth lab. The line “He got away” also seems to suggest that despite all his wrongdoings and horrible deeds, Walt felt he had won at the end.

We know Gilligan and his team kicked around ideas for several alternate endings before settling on the one he crafted in these final pages, but it’s safe to say most fans are pleased with the “happier” direction he took in a series finale we won’t soon forget.

We’re still sad to see the characters of Breaking Bad go, but it’s possible we may see them again in the prequel spin-off series Better Call Saul, which Gilligan is currently developing at AMC. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on that project as it moves forward.

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Source: Uproxx

 

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  1. ….Aaaaaaand I’m crying with satisfaction once again. Perfect, perfect ending.

  2. I’m not so optimistic about the “better call Saul” prequel spinoff I’m not sure why, I find myself more interested in continuing Jesses story if they manage to make a good story out of that maybe I’m just not into prequels lol idk

  3. Jessie went off to become a street racer and fulfil his need for speed, obviously.

  4. Awesome. Great show, perfect ending

  5. I’ve only heard a few complaints about the ending to Breaking Bad and the people who didn’t really like it say it’s because they felt Walt got a “happy” ending with everything going the way he planned and that he didn’t deserve it.
    I disagree.
    Sure, his plan went the way he wanted it to but IMO dying alone in a Nazi run meth lab isn’t all that happy and there are numerous other things that happened that were not what Walt wanted…
    Hank is dead because of him, his family will only get @ 9 million of his 80 million dollar fortune, they will never know it was from him, his son hates him and is actually happy he’s dead, his last days were spent alone in seclusion, the empire he built crumbled, and he’s viewed globally as a monster. I can go on and on…
    While not the best episode of the series I really think the finale was exactly what it should have been as the finale chapter in the saga of Walter White which is IMO the best story ever told on TV.

    • His son will probably figure out it was from him eventually, and hates him mostly because he thinks he killed Hank, but his wife knows he didn’t and will eventually tell her son.

      Saying Hank is dead because of him is a bit misleading IMO. You could just as easily say that he’s dead because of Jessie, or because Todd’s uncle and his guys didn’t listen to Walt, or because Hank tried to do take care of things himself behind everyone’s back etc.

      But yeah, it wasn’t all peachy for him in the end, even though he did get the revenge he wanted and saved Jessie.

      • This may be the simple response but for me everything always goes back to Walt and how after the moment he decided to “break bad” everything that followed is his fault.
        Even with Hank who made mistakes himself, especially his laser focus to do anything to get Walt, IMO if Walt wasn’t so h**l bent on getting Jesse and keeping his money Hank would still be alive.
        Like I said it may be the simple response or reasoning but everything always goes back to Walt. That’s one of the many reasons I loved this show. No matter what happened, who died, or how crazy things got it always traced back to him.

        • OK, then let’s blame his cancer and the lack of universal health care in the US for it too since that’s what caused him to break bad. ;-)

          Yeah, I guess if you want to blame anything, it could be Walt’s ego. He had plenty of chances to pull out/be home free, but his ego kept him involved.

          Actually, that seemed to be a theme in the show. Ego and greed = downfall. It lead to the downfall of Todd, Todd’s uncle, Gus, Lydia etc.

          • HAHA!!!
            As funny as that is I can guarantee if you were to Google “Breaking Bad / Health Care” there will be tons of op-eds with people saying that exact thing…
            I’d do it but the amount of articles would probably depress me. :(

  6. I think the events that would have likely unfolded after “Felina” would have been less happy:

    1. Jesse is arrested. His entire confession is still at the neo-Nazi base and would likely be found by police, who since they don’t have Walt to arrest, will go after Jesse hard.

    2. Walt’s entire family dies. Since Walt spelled out how he poisoned Lydia, she either has time to get medical treatment or has nothing to live for, but either way probably has time to order a hit on the family. She certainly has the financial resources and the questionable ethics since she more or less expected them to be killed already.

  7. Happy ending for Walt?? Yikes. It was a devestating ending, which, I think, was the whole point of this magesterial series. His prideful wickedness cost him everything. Those final scenes with Skylar, the baby, and, most painful of all, Walt’s watching from a remote location while Flynn hobbles off the bus and out of his life forever, are among the most shattering segments I’ve ever scene on the big or small screen. True, that barely visible smile on his face as he strokes the meth lab equipment in those final moments suggests *he* may have felt a perverse pride about his devilish accomplishments, but I think that only highlights his depravity — how far he’d fallen. Meanwhile, it’s safe to say that for Skylar and Flynn life will never be the same, that they’ll never recover fully. Yes, there is a note of hope for Jesse, at least. For Walt? I can only feel grief, and some repugnance.

  8. with such an amazing show it was best to just play it safe. That’s exactly what they did. great show, solid ending. nothing crazy.

  9. Who’s Jessie?

  10. a typical “happy” ending?? That actually happens few and far between these days in TV. To me the show had a typical depressing ending.

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