Breaking Bad Creator Discusses the Midseason Finale Cliffhanger

Breaking Bad Final Shot of Gliding Over All Midseason Finale

As might be obvious from the title of this article, spoilers from Sunday's episode of Breaking Bad lie within. Read ahead at your own risk. 

The midseason finale of Breaking Bad's fifth and final season was quite heavily packed, covering the most ground of any episode of the series, ever. Three eventful months were covered in the episode, which saw Walt suddenly lose his enthusiasm for the meth business and declare to Skyler that he was finally "out." After finally paying Jesse the money he owed him, Walt settled into what appeared to be a normal life. That is, until Hank visited the bathroom one day and discovered the copy of Leaves of Grass that Gale had given to Walt back in season 3, complete with the inscription that led Hank's earth-shattering realization: Walt is Heisenberg. 

In a behind-the-scenes look at the episode released by AMC, creator Vince Gilligan shared a little bit about the events of the episode, clearing up a few questions that were lingering after "Gliding Over All" ended. 

Namely, was Walt telling the truth when he said he was out? While the episode went to great lengths to show that he was, many viewers weren't terribly convinced. Gilligan, in this video, seems to confirm Walt's honesty. "I think the wind has gone out of Walt's sails," Gilligan says. "Even he, at some level, was surprised by his own actions [regarding the killing of Mike]. He's crossed a bridge too far." 

"He finally sees reason, coupled with the fact that this just isn't fun anymore." 

Gilligan couldn't help but chuckle that the "single biggest revelation" of the series "is discovered by a guy sitting on the crapper." 

"It's an 'Oh, shit!' moment, he grinned.

You can check out the behind-the-scenes video, which also features commentary from stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, and Aaron Paul. 

What did you think of "Gliding Over All?" What about that cliffhanger? What do you think is next for Walt? 

Breaking Bad will return for its final stretch of eight episodes in summer 2013. 

- Vince Gilligan
- Breaking Bad
- amc

Written by: mcpherson
Sep 2nd, 2012, 11:29 pm


Message Posted On May 23rd, 2013, 8:04 am

Message Posted On May 23rd, 2013, 8:03 am
Why would y'all be so evil. Lol I've been waiting almost a year and me and my friends talk about it every day just waiting for the last season to begin. Nice cliffhanger. Bank found it out by sitting in the toilet? Nice add-on. :)

Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 9:29 pm
Biggest cliffhanger ever. Can't wait for the next episode

Message Posted On Sep 9th, 2012, 8:48 pm
They can go so many different directions. Hank knows who Hiesenberg is. Walt knows. But... Did they ever find the suspected leak at the DEA? Did Hank break bad being the paid informant/leak for Gus until he was declared persona not grata by the cartel? How will Hank handle it? Try to arrest Walt? Try to cover it up? Take or keep the kids and tell Walt to take a hike. Walt knowing the kids will be in good hands won't put up a fight?

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Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 8:35 pm

I think the cliffhanger was understated, but still massive. If you'll recall, Hank has had NO suspicion of Walt being Heisenberg before, ever. The pieces are rather easy for him to put together from this point on. This isn't anti-climactic at all -- it's the moment the show has been building toward for five years. The fact that Hank was on the toilet is just another piece of this show's wonderful, wonderful sense of irony. 


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Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 10:45 am

I figured there were only two endings that would get Walt on the run.  This was the better of the two.  The other would be someone coming after his family, and that would be difficult, since he really did finally get his operation running smoothly, and would require the dismantling of a whole new set of enemies, which would take too long.  So, yes, I expected this ending, but I'm happy we got there and think it's the right one.  Thumb up from me.


Message Posted On Sep 3rd, 2012, 12:50 am
Rather anti-climactic. I was hoping for a big cliff hanger. There was buzz on the web about his son maybe getting killed in an accident and so forth. So for this to end on the toilet is kind of a let down.
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