Breaking Bad will kick off the first half of its fifth and final season on July 15 with the premiere episode "Live Free or Die." And while there are only sixteen episodes left of the series before it's over, star Bryan Cranston isn't ruling out a potential follow-up in the form of a movie.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Cranston recalled that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan had once lamented that the show didn't have enough story left for sixteen episodes. But the writers went into the lab (so to speak), it quickly became a different case. “Vince feels that now we have too much story,” says Cranston. “We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes.”
Since Breaking Bad has pretty definitely declared its fifth season to be its final outing, does this mean that a movie would be in store? Cranston's open to it: “It’s not far-fetched. 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.”
And there he touches on exactly how the series should end, and why there shouldn't be a movie. For the tragic arc of his character to be complete, Walter White needs to die. It's really the only way I can imagine the series ending, and I have to say that I'll be a little disappointed if the final episode doesn't spell lights-out for the schoolteacher-turned-meth king.
You can read the full interview with Cranston and Gilligan over at the Los Angeles Times.
Breaking Bad's fifth season will premiere on July 15 on AMC with the episode "Live Free or Die."