Last week, we ran a poll in which readers predicted who was the most likely character to die in the final season of “Breaking Bad.” By an overwhelming number (40 percent), readers picked Walter White. White’s death would make a big-screen version of “Breaking Bad” awfully hard to pull off, but Bryan Cranston — who does not know the ultimate fate of his character yet — has not ruled it out, he tells The LA Times:
“Vince feels that now we have too much story,” Cranston says, laughing. “We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes.” Which leads Cranston to considering his character’s future beyond the next 16 hours of television.
“It’s not far-fetched,” Cranston says. “I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end. If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”
Frankly, I don’t see it happening, and Vince Gilligan’s revelations about the final season suggests that, even if Walter White doesn’t die, he may become an awfully unlikable character.
“We can look forward to Walt’s ego growing by leaps and bounds for having killed Gus Fring,” Gilligan says, referring to the late, great Los Pollos Hermanos restaurateur. “To this point, Walt’s been able to lie to himself and reason that he’s done all these terrible things for his family. But that’s a lie that’s harder and harder to maintain as this upcoming season progresses and the money piles up and he’s faced more and more with the badness that he’s done.”
“He’s going to be a harder guy to root for, I promise you that,” Gilligan adds. “The experiment of the show has been to take a good guy and have him transform himself into a bad guy. And we’re committed to seeing that through to the very end.”
A despicable lead character with five-seasons of dense backstory? Not exactly tailor made for the multiplex, is it?
Here’s the latest poster (via EW) and teaser trailer for the fifth season (which arrives on July 15th). Warning: The teaser contains major season four spoilers.