Says Vince Gilligan:
"Sometimes it’s hard to give them all their due and make them all wrap up beautifully. That’s another big fear I have. I like to think of Saul as a cockroach in the best possible way. This is a guy who’s going to survive while the rest of us have been nuked into annihilation. He’ll be the worst-dressed cockroach in the world.”
Whatever happens, come the final episode, Gilligan assures us that the series will reach a definitive conclusion. Whether that means Hank finally catches his man, or Walter goes on to annually assemble bacon into higher and higher digits remains to be seen. And while that means there won't be a Breaking Bad movie to wrap things up, there may be one final, "overt tip of the hat" to one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather – which the series "shamelessly cribs from," according to Gilligan.
"Rightly or wrongly, there will be a conclusive ending. Our story from the beginning has been designed to be close-ended. It’s very much designed to have a beginning, middle, and end and then to exist no more."
While those last three words may be the most depressing TV fans have heard in a long while, we can all look forward to the inevitable debate, discussion and analysis of the series' finale across all corners of the Internet come this summer. And while he had to rescind an earlier announcement of when the season will kick off, Aaron Paul has since stated that Breaking Bad begins before the end of the summer -- so plan accordingly.