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Published On: Thu, Jan 3rd, 2013

‘Breaking Bad’ series finale will be ‘polarizing’ says creator

AMC’s smash hit “Breaking Bad” will come to end this year with the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad will start airing in July.

Breaking Bad season 5 banner photoCreator and showrunner Vince Gilligan has discussed the writing team taking two to three longer to finish each of the concluding eight episodes. Now, Gilligan, in an interview with Vulture on Thursday, says the conclusion will be polarizing.

“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 ass. You want those numbers to be reversed.”

Writing the fate of the main character, Walter White played by Bryan Cranston, has evolved over time.

“I had this strange confidence in the beginning that I had an idea [for the ending] that was sound,” he said of Walt’s fate. “But 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… I read interviews with showrunners all the time who say, ‘I know exactly where this thing is headed.’ I always find that very interesting, and I don’t doubt them for a minute. It’s just I can’t see my way clear to do that because the characters in Breaking Bad are in a state of constant change by design,” he said. “When a character will be a different person five or six or ten or sixteen episodes from now, it’s hard to predict the future.”

Gilligan reveals that the writers have indeed been looking to the series’ pilot:

“Are there echoes of the beginning that we should have in the end? There’s a certain kind of circularity that might be pleasing,” Gilligan said. “We think a lot about that, in fact.”

It’s also important to conclude all of the show’s characters, not just Walt and Jesse.

“Sometimes it’s hard to give them all their due and make them all wrap up beautifully. That’s another big fear I have,” he said. One outcome that’s probably safe to assume? Saul will survive. “I like to think of Saul as a cockroach in the best possible way,” Gilligan said. “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.”

Check out the full interview here.

 

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