Do you watch AMC’s Breaking Bad? Of course you watch Breaking Bad. Stupid question. The better question is how you’ve been dealing with this endless waiting game since last September’s season finale? If it can even be called a “season.” There were only, what, eight episodes before we were left dangling (heh) with the image of Hank taking a dump while connecting the dots between the “W.W.” in Dead Gale’s lab book and the “W.W”. in Walt’s copy of Leaves of Grass that had been stowed in the latrine.
Just as Walt FINALLY relented to Skyler and agreed to get out of the meth business! Just when Jesse gets released from the stress and pressure of this dirty game of death and drugs and heartache! Just when Hank actually seems to hit a wall with the investigation! Just when we think Walter–family man and cancer survivor extraordinaire–is going to pull this mess off!
But that was MONTHS ago.
Since then, I’ve been trying to busy my time with things like children and family and American Horror Story. But there’s still a void, you guys. A TERRIBLE, GAPING BREAKING BAD VOID.
Thankfully, the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, is on the case and has FINALLY gotten his ass around to not only writing the final episodes of Breaking Bad, but also dishing on them in a recent interview. He also revealed that the final eight episodes will start July 14. That’s like, practically HUNDREDS of days away, but at least we can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Beyond this, however, Gilligan also wants us to know the following:
1. Walter’s fate is still anyone’s guess.
“I look back at the life of the series and realize I cycled through so many possible endings, it would be disingenuous to say I had always had it figured out. It has evolved in the last five years and probably has some evolving left to do.”
This uncertainty also applies to whether Walt will “get away with it” in the end.
“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.”
GOD, HE’S TALKING IN CIRCLES, YOU GUYS, SOMEONE SHAKE HIM VIOLENTLY PLEASE. I CANNOT TAKE THE ANTICIPATION.
2. The ending is going to be “movie-caliber.”
I’m not really sure what he means here, but I think Gilligan is trying to tell us that he’s trying for a perfect ending that will be complex and make sense, but also leave us feeling slightly disheveled and woozy. Gilligan mentions Casablanca, but I’ve never seen that movie, so whatever.
3. The plot of the final episode(s) may come full circle with the pilot episode.
“Are there echoes of the beginning that we should have in the end? There’s a certain kind of circularity that might be pleasing. We think a lot about that, in fact.”
In other words, we may get another chance to glimpse Walt in his underwear.
4. Something about The Godfather.
Gilligan reveals that part of what’s guided the writers during the creation of this series is the question, how does this relate to The Godfather? Writers are weird. Anyway, he suggests that this may become more obvious in the final episode.
I just hope it’s not a human head. I’m still reeling from Gus’s cyborg-esque zombie walk of death after he was blown the hell up in Season 4.
5. Saul is a cockroach.
He’s a cockroach because he’s totally going to live, according to Gilligan.
(And not just because of his parasitic behavior, sense of fashion, and/or interior decorating tastes.)
“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.”
6. That’s all she wrote, kids.
Gilligan promises that once this show is over, it’s over. There will be no movie, no spin-offs. And, honestly, that’s probably a good thing for the audiences collective blood pressure. As fantastic as this roller coaster has been, I cannot wait to get off this ride and take a look back while I stuff my face with some cotton candy at a nearby concession booth.
(I told you writers are weird.)