As part of their ongoing end of year series, GQ is running an interview with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan asking him some questions about the epic finale to his AMC meth drama — spoilers, obviously, follow.
While Gilligan doesn’t explain what happened between Walt and his former partners Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz that lead to his walking away from the business they cofounded (the series’ last great mystery) he does say that they were brought back for the last episode at the request of a young fan of the show who was suffering from cancer. And he goes on to talk about Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and what fate he believes befell the younger man after Walt saved him from the meth den of the white supremacists. His thoughts:
My personal feeling is that he got away. But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kid’s fingerprints all over this lab and they’re going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents. But yeah, even though that’s the most likely outcome, the way I see it is that he got away and got to Alaska, changed his name, and had a new life. You want that for the kid. He deserves it.
As for Walt, Gilligan always planned for his protagonist to die: “It just felt right that he expire at the end of the series. Having said that, one of the slight twists of that final episode is that the thing that he was told in the first episode would kill him is not the thing at all that kills him. It’s the bullet that he’s received in the midst of trying to save his former partner.” Asked what Walt would have done had he not caught that bullet, he muses:
You know, that’s a good question. In other words, would he have tried to get out of the line of fire, or would he have stood there? Of all the things we discussed, I don’t know that we ever talked it through. I know that in our minds, he definitely went there to kill Jesse along with everybody else.
But not necessarily to commit suicide?
I think he’d want to relish his victory. If I had to guess, it was like, “The cops aren’t going to take me, no matter what. I’m probably going to get killed in the midst of this. I may have to shoot it out with any survivors,” or who knows what.…