'Breaking Bad' is hurtling toward its final episode now; only five days separate us from the end of Walter White's epically tragic tale. But let's not get our sights so set on the finale that we overlook "Granite State," the understated penultimate episode of the series. Because, honestly, it stands right up there with "Ozymandias" as one of the series' finest offerings. Though it didn't feature the same level of shock value as previous episodes, it managed to put pieces in place for the finale in a way that was both satisfying and riveting.
Writer Peter Gould, who penned the episode, recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about his views on the episode. Here's the most interesting tidbit: the writers considered ending the series with Walt alone in that cabin, dying.
"...part of the flirtation for the episode, if you didn’t know there was another episode left to come, I was really hoping that you would watch the episode and say, 'This is the end? It’s going to end not with a bang but a whimper? Where’s Heisenberg?'" Gould said. But since the show didn't end -- since the next week promises that he'll be picking up a massive gun and returning to New Mexico to (presumably) kick some ass, does this mean that we've seen the return of Heisenberg?
Not quite, Gould says.
"I can tell you the way I saw it: The way I see it is that Heisenberg is gone. He keeps trying to kind of evoke the ghost of Heisenberg, the thrill of feeling powerful, and it’s not there. It’s gone. It died when Hank died. It’s just not there. It died when he saw baby Holly. And then in the end, what is happening in my mind, and obviously we’re leaving it up to the audience to some extent, in my mind, what’s happening is he’s becoming something new. And it’s not Walter White; It’s not Heisenberg; it’s something new."
So who is this new persona? Who is Mr. Lambert? "We’ll find out what that is in the next episode," Gould says.
You can check out the rest of the interview over at Entertainment Weekly.
'Breaking Bad' returns for its series finale, "Felina," Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c on AMC.