While it’s been two months since “Breaking Bad” said goodbye and Walter White’s fate was sealed, that ending is still being talked about. In particular, creator/writer Vince Gilligan has been sharing his process, revealing the harsher finale they didn’t use and the alternate ideas they kicked around before arriving on the final path they would take. And it speaks to how compelling these characters were that folks continue to wonder their fate, and in particular Aaron Paul‘s Jesse Pinkman, who seemingly drives away to hard earned freedom … or does he?
Gilligan was recently selected as Kingpin Of The Year for GQ, and he ruminated on what has become of Jesse after the credits rolled. “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,” Gilligan said. “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.”
So basically, while it’s fun to think of Jesse finally free of Heisenberg, the reality of his future is probably more grim. And, that sounds about right, though we’re sure fans will have a lot to say about that, so share with us your thoughts below. And be sure to read the rest of Gilligan’s chat with GQ, where he reveals the touching story of how he got the idea to work Gretchen and Eilliott back into the story and much more.