When Breaking Bad season 5 returns this summer, fans will have just 8 episodes before the series comes to a close. And though it’s almost certain that Walter White’s chaotic tale will receive some form of conclusion in the series finale, other show finales have been known to, at times, leave a few loose ends. Fortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case here.
Bob Odenkirk, who plays everyone’s favorite lawyer, Saul, spoke to Vulture after filming his final scene on the series. He chose not to read the entire scripts (only his scenes), so he doesn’t know how the show actually ends - but he’s heard a few things:
I've been told that the ending is really surprising and really satisfying and you can’t believe the number of loose ends that get wrapped up. That’s all hearsay, though, because I didn't read it. I dumped it in the trash, and then I dumped out the trash.
Like “Saul” says, “That’s all hearsay”; however, given the fact that Odenkirk is being told privately that the Breaking Bad series finale is “really surprising” and “really satisfying”, and “you can’t believe the number of loose ends” that get wrapped up, it’s safe to assume that everything being said is, or will be, true. But still, a lot can happen between filming and final cut.
While it’s likely that a few of the loose ends will get cut due to time constraints, longtime fans of the series should be excited to hear that creator Vince Gilligan approached the finale with the entire Breaking Bad story - not just Walter's - in mind, in order to resolve lingering questions that fans might have. Of course, in Breaking Bad, tying up loose ends could mean that Heisenberg's body count will continue to rise - this time claiming even more characters that viewers are familiar with.
After the Breaking Bad season 5 midseason finale aired, Walter White was left with 22 loose ends that threaten to take down his entire drug empire - including Jesse, Hank, Skylar, Todd, Badger and even Saul. Whether on their own, teamed with law enforcement or through other means (To W.W.), it’s possible that any (or all) of these loose ends could prove problematic enough for Walter to want them out of the picture completely - aka “tied up."
With the Breaking Bad season 5 set to return with its finale 8 episodes on July 14th, there’s still a few months left to speculate about the numerous “what ifs” of the upcoming season. Right now, there’s at least one thing we know: whatever happens to Walter White in these final episodes, it’s enough for him to think, “Better call Saul!” And with a Saul spin-off series currently in early stages of development, the show will most likely leave at least that loose end untied.
Breaking Bad season 5 (Part 2) premieres July 14 on AMC