It has not been easy.
In an interview with Vulture, Gilligan says it’s taking the writers much longer than usual to craft the stories for the final episodes, and they’re trying very hard to deliver a finale that will make the show’s devoted fans happy. Most of them, anyway.
“It’s going to be polarizing no matter how you slice it, but you don’t want 10 percent to say it was great and 90 percent to say it sucked a**,” Gilligan says. “You want those numbers to be reversed.”
Gilligan didn’t reveal any plot points about the final episodes of “Breaking Bad,” but he did tell Vulture about what he’s been thinking about as the final episodes go down on the page.
The end is a moving target. “I had this strange confidence in the beginning that I had an idea [for the ending] that was sound,” Gilligan says. “But I look back at the life of the series and realize I cycled through so many possible endings, it would be disingenuous to say I had always had it figured out. It has evolved in the last five years and probably has some evolving left to do.”
Will Walt get his? Gilligan says he doesn’t “feel any real pressure to pay off the characters, morally speaking,” so it’s an open question as to whether Walter White (Bryan Cranston) will pay for his sins. Gilligan does, however, allow that Hank (Dean Norris) will probably have a say in what happens to Walt: “We discovered Hank is very, very good at his job. You know, I love the TV show ‘Columbo.’ Hank is like a postmodern shout-out to ‘Columbo.'”
The finale won’t be open-ended. Don’t hold your breath for a “Breaking Bad” movie: “Rightly or wrongly, there will be a conclusive ending,” Gilligan says. “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.”
“Breaking Bad” will begin its final run on AMC in the summer.