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Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan talks about the series finale, plus the premiere date for the final episodes

Jan. 4, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Don't you hate it when a show that is awesome for years and year completely craps the bed when it comes to the series finale? There are so many shows that had the potential to go down in history as having a consistent run of success only to screw it up with the ending. Something tells me that BREAKING BAD will not be one of those shows.

Series creator Vince Gilligan gave an insightful interview to Vulture in which he laid out a list of things he needs to make sure that happen in the final episodes of the series. Here are some highlights. Obviously if you have not watch through the midpoint of the final season, this will contain spoilers, so proceed at your own risk!

On whether he knew how the show would end from the beginning: “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.”

On returning to moments from the 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.”

On whether Walt will be caught/killed 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.” But that desire for comeuppance doesn’t apply to the made-up world he’s created, even though justice may in fact be inevitable. “Oddly enough, I don’t feel any real pressure to pay off the characters, morally speaking.”

Will the series end or be left ambiguous? “Rightly or wrongly, there will be a conclusive ending,” he told me. “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.”

I will miss the adventures of Walt and Jesse when the show finally ends. Speaking of which, series star Aaron Paul tweeted to the world that the final eight episodes of BREAKING BAD will begin airing on AMC on July 14, 2013. That means six months until the countdown truly begins.

Extra Tidbit: Breaking Bad is one of the top 10 television dramas of all time: agree or disagree?
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1:55PM on 01/29/2013

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I'd say its the number 1 show of all time!!! (contingent on the final episodes). name a better show that has this good [link]/etc.....i sure am going to miss Breaking Bad...
I'd say its the number 1 show of all time!!! (contingent on the final episodes). name a better show that has this good [link]/etc.....i sure am going to miss Breaking Bad...
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10:48PM on 01/06/2013

Say 'ello to my...

Funny coincidence- I was remarking to my brother a while back that I'd like to see Breaking Bad end in a bloodbath a la Scarface, which is what I had always hoped for the Sopranos (but famously didn't get as we all know). Anyway, that very week on BB Walt and son were watching the very scene on TV! I was like "oh shit", foreshadowing?
Funny coincidence- I was remarking to my brother a while back that I'd like to see Breaking Bad end in a bloodbath a la Scarface, which is what I had always hoped for the Sopranos (but famously didn't get as we all know). Anyway, that very week on BB Walt and son were watching the very scene on TV! I was like "oh shit", foreshadowing?
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10:22AM on 01/06/2013

Top 10?

More like Top 3! :D
More like Top 3! :D
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4:56PM on 01/05/2013
Saw this yesterday, good stuff. Cannot wait for it. The first half of the season was crazy, can't imagine what the second half will be like. As for tidbit, I'd have to agree. It's certainly one of the best shows I've ever seen and it's going to be greatly missed when it's gone.
Saw this yesterday, good stuff. Cannot wait for it. The first half of the season was crazy, can't imagine what the second half will be like. As for tidbit, I'd have to agree. It's certainly one of the best shows I've ever seen and it's going to be greatly missed when it's gone.
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12:36PM on 01/05/2013

depending on the final eight episodes

it may be my favorite show ever. It's in the top two for now, but I just don't know if it will be number one until it's all wrapped up. Regardless, I think it certainly is setting the bar in terms of combining insane accessibility with a relevant tale about the dangers of unfulfilled potential suddenly giving way to unlimited success.
it may be my favorite show ever. It's in the top two for now, but I just don't know if it will be number one until it's all wrapped up. Regardless, I think it certainly is setting the bar in terms of combining insane accessibility with a relevant tale about the dangers of unfulfilled potential suddenly giving way to unlimited success.
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10:10PM on 01/04/2013
A lot of folks keep thinking that Walt is going to get offed, but I don't think so. My bet is that he suffers a much worse fate. I see the last scene of the finale being Walt sitting behind that car wash counter where he began, defeated and miserable.
A lot of folks keep thinking that Walt is going to get offed, but I don't think so. My bet is that he suffers a much worse fate. I see the last scene of the finale being Walt sitting behind that car wash counter where he began, defeated and miserable.
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8:07PM on 01/04/2013

Not just the top ten...

... but the BEST! I've rewatched this show a couple of times through, and it's still entertaining as hell and still keeps me on the edge of my seat even though I know the outcomes (minus the final half of this last season). Big ups to Cranston for blowing us away with his performance and making Walter White's character arc seem believable.
... but the BEST! I've rewatched this show a couple of times through, and it's still entertaining as hell and still keeps me on the edge of my seat even though I know the outcomes (minus the final half of this last season). Big ups to Cranston for blowing us away with his performance and making Walter White's character arc seem believable.
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5:28PM on 01/04/2013
Breaking Bad is a great show, but I still think Justified is the best show on television.
Breaking Bad is a great show, but I still think Justified is the best show on television.
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4:46PM on 01/04/2013

This will be remembered as the most perfectly told story in television history

I watched the lineup of show runners for the emmy's sitting around talking (it's on youtube somewhere) and he made the other producers look like idiots simply by being honest and professional. The chick from Greys Anatomy looked like she even knew she had no business being judged along side him. The chick from The Killing boasted about knowing the ending beforehand of her series. She didn't mention the fact that it was a remake. I'll miss Breaking Bad but I'm so grateful it was made. Network TV
I watched the lineup of show runners for the emmy's sitting around talking (it's on youtube somewhere) and he made the other producers look like idiots simply by being honest and professional. The chick from Greys Anatomy looked like she even knew she had no business being judged along side him. The chick from The Killing boasted about knowing the ending beforehand of her series. She didn't mention the fact that it was a remake. I'll miss Breaking Bad but I'm so grateful it was made. Network TV is dead.
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7:42PM on 01/04/2013
"The chick from The Killing boasted about knowing the ending beforehand of her series. She didn't mention the fact that it was a remake."

literally LOL
"The chick from The Killing boasted about knowing the ending beforehand of her series. She didn't mention the fact that it was a remake."

literally LOL
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