Vince Gilligan is talking the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad again, and while he doesn’t give away any specifics (obviously), he has a good idea of what to expect. Here is what we learned from Gilligan’s interview with Entertainment Weekly.
1. Walter White will begin to realize who he is now and what he has become.
“We often said in the writers’ room that if Walt had a superpower, it would be not his chemistry knowledge or his ability to cook crystal meth but his ability to lie. Walt has been the world’s greatest liar, and I think the person he lies most capably to is himself. So in these final eight episodes, perhaps the lies will cease to find traction and the scales will start to fall away from Walt’s eyes. And when that happens, will Walt really begin to realize who he is? That’s a question that we asked ourselves a lot in the writers’ room this year.”
2. Hank will not be his only adversary in the final episodes; in fact, more will be introduced.
“There will be antagonistic relationships aplenty. Walt’s got plenty of fight left in him. And he’s got plenty of forces to fight. You met some of them. Others you haven’t.”
3. There will be a body count, as well as some shocking moments, but the physical violence won’t be as important as the emotional moments.
“As the movie title goes, there will be blood … To my mind, that’s not the most interesting thing. It’s the emotional moments and the character moments. … We’ve got some stuff that I think is going to be truly satisfying and truly shocking and jarring. It does not always center on moments of violence.””
4. The final eight episodes will be fast-paced and chock full of plot.
“I have surprised myself at how much story there was left to tell and how quickly we tell it. You need to really settle down on the couch and pay close attention because it’s going to come at you fast and furious in the final eight episodes.”
5. The final episode will probably be bittersweet and, reading between the lines here, audiences will probably be divided. It may be a satisfying conclusion, but certainly not “satisfying” in the Hollywood movie sense.
“We worked long and hard to ensure that these final eight — and, in fact, the very last episode — would satisfy an audience,” he says. “I am guardedly optimistic that we have achieved just that. And furthermore, trying to be as coy as possible, trying to give away as little as possible, I feel like this ending represents on some level, however small, something of a victory for Walter White. Read into that what you will. And try to be as open-minded as possible when you watch this episode, because it may not indeed feel like a victory. Or maybe it will. … I feel good about where it all ended up, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
6. There will be a meth lab in the car wash? Underneath a daycare? On the moon? IN A WEIRD PLACE.
Asked for one last cryptic hint about the homestretch of episodes, Gilligan says: “Sometimes you see meth labs in the darndest places.”
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)