The showrunner of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan spills more about the show’s mid-season finale last Sunday. After answering the set of burning questions related on the season 5 episode 8 “Gliding Over All“, reporters did not miss to ask about the show’s future that should wrap up the final eight episodes of the AMC series.
Warning: If you can’t wait until next summer, this spoiler is definitely for you however, read at your own risk if you still wish to be surprised the Breaking Bad way when the series continues in June.
Let’s get to it, shall we? Here’s a follow-up from EW on their interview with Vince Gilligan.
What can you tell us about that scene at the beginning of season 5 with Walt in a Denny’s?
Gilligan: It’s a future that is about a year ahead, 10-to-12 months ahead from the time of the first eight episodes. Is it a glimpse to the end of it all? Perhaps. You’d be surprise how little we have [written of the final eight episodes]. We have the broad strokes for the final eight.
Does that mean we can expect a time jump at some point?
Gilligan: That’s a good bet. The story up until now has taken about 14, 15 months from the pilot episode. Things will probably will jump ahead a bit at some point.
How could cautious Mike let Walt get the jump on him?
Gilligan: We all have our moments we wish we could take back. [Mike] was physically dominant over Walt at every turn …. We saw Mike not have much trouble handcuffing Walt to the radiator … Turning his back on Walt was a bad idea, but it was born of Mike having a lot on his mind … it was a tactical error … I guess the lesson is: Never turn your back on Walter White.
What else can you tell us about the final eight?
Gilligan: This is where it all comes to the end. There will be resolution. We’ll know where everybody stands… [The writers] are going to swing for the fences. It’s terrifying and it’s liberating to know these are the final eight hours. There’s talk of a movie — none of that is remotely on our radar. As far as I’m concerned, the end of this story is contained within these final eight episodes … We now have freedom to dispense with the timid storytelling we’ve been doing so far.
Is there pressure to stick the landing in the final episode?
Gilligan: You know in your heart that you should tune [the fan expectations] out … You also say to yourself that you got a lot of fans watching this show, but they’re all unique … So you know going into it there’s no way to please everybody. The most dangerous thing is to come up with an ending that [you think] pleases the widest swath of people … It makes you think about the old baseball joke that the last batter to strike out is to blame for the team’s entire loss … The ending will be judged with more scrutiny than any of the previous 61 episodes that came before. It’s healthiest and wisest to try and tune out [as if] the pressure isn’t there.
Doesn’t Walt have to be punished by the end of the series?
Gilligan: He doesn’t have to…. Someone in real life is getting away with murder as we speak… He could get away with the whole thing. Having said that, how satisfying would that be? … It’s a strange show. I’m very proud of it, but you find yourself very often rooting for a person that you should cross the street to avoid… He’s a bad guy. But because he’s smart and has worked hard and feels the things he feels so deeply, we grudgingly respect him … Some days I’m rooting for him, some days I want to see him hit by a car. Having said that, is the “satisfying” way the right way [to end the show]?
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