AMC's wonderfully tense serial drama Breaking Bad will come to an end this summer. The series, which aired the first half of its fifth and final season last summer, will kick off its final, eight-episode run sometime in July. For the writers of the show, though, the series is almost over: six of the eight episodes have already been written. Creator Vince Gilligan took some time off from writing the final stretch of episodes to share his mindset regarding the series finale with Vulture. And, even now, it seems, nothing is set in stone.
"[The show] has evolved in the last five years and probably has some evolving left to do," he said, remarking that his initial plan for Breaking Bad's endgame is no longer relevant. "I read interviews with showrunners all the time who say, 'I know exactly where this thing is headed.' I always find that very interesting, and I don't doubt them for a minute. It's just I can't see my way clear to do that because the characters in Breaking Bad are in a state of constant change by design. When a character will be a different person five or six or ten or sixteen episodes from now, it's hard to predict the future."
But Walt's got to die, right? The series has too strong a sense of karma to not kill off the once-goodhearted chemistry teacher who has transformed into an evil meth-cooking kingpin. Gilligan admits that his sense of morality in relation to the show is that, well, "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, "Oddly enough, I don’t feel any real pressure to pay off the characters, morally speaking.”
Regardless, Gilligan promises that the story will definitely end with the series finale. No follow-up movie, nothing. “Rightly or wrongly, there will be a conclusive ending. . . 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.”
You can check out the rest of the fascinating interview with Gilligan over at Vulture.
Breaking Bad will kick off its final stretch of episodes this summer.