Breaking Bad is nearing its end, but we haven't seen the depths to which Walter White will stoop in his tragic downfall. That's what Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says is to come in the show's final season, at least.
After all, the final season of Breaking Bad's fourth and most recent season ended with a shot of a Lilly of the Valley plant in Walter's backyard, which he had used to poison a little boy in order to manipulate Jesse. It seems like the lowest of the low, doesn't it? Well, not yet.
“We are following the same thread that we’ve been following for four seasons now,” Gilligan told TVLine. “We are essentially taking a good guy protagonist and turning him into a bad guy. Walter White still has a little further to go down that dark path that he’s very willfully put himself on.”
Fans of the show know that Walter rationalizes that dark path by saying he's doing it to leave his family with a nest egg when he's gone. Gilligan, however, hints that's not the case: “Does Walt do what he does for the good of his family, or are there other reasons that he does the things he does? On some level, is it ego and self-aggrandizement? Does he feel good about the things he’s doing? Does he feel powerful? Those are the questions I think one has to ask one’s self when they question whether or not he should cut bait.”
Check out the rest of the interview, which sees Gilligan discussing a possible replacement for the villainous Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), here.
Breaking Bad will air its sixteen-episode final season later this year.