It’s within the realm of possibility, teases the show’s star, Bryan Cranston. When AMC and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan reached an agreement earlier this year to extend and eventually end the addictive drama with two eight-episode seasons, Gilligan told Cranston that he "couldn’t imagine having enough story to fill 16 more episodes.”
But when we spoke to Cranston recently, he revealed that the narrative pendulum had now swung in the opposite direction.
“Vince feels that now we have too much story,” Cranston says, laughing. “We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes.”
Which leads Cranston to considering his character’s future beyond the next 16 hours of television.
“It’s not far-fetched,” Cranston says. “I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end. If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows? Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”
The odds of White making it through the next two seasons alive remains iffy, Gilligan cautions. A teaser for the upcoming season shows the newly minted meth king rebuking strip mall attorney Saul Goodman for telling him “we’re done.”
“We’re done when I say we’re done,” White tells Goodman in a grave, threatening voice.
“We can look forward to Walt’s ego growing by leaps and bounds for having killed Gus Fring,” Gilligan says, referring to the late, great Los Pollos Hermanos restaurateur. “To this point, Walt’s been able to lie to himself and reason that he’s done all these terrible things for his family. But that’s a lie that’s harder and harder to maintain as this upcoming season progresses and the money piles up and he’s faced more and more with the badness that he’s done.”
“He’s going to be a harder guy to root for, I promise you that,” Gilligan adds. “The experiment of the show has been to take a good guy and have him transform himself into a bad guy. And we’re committed to seeing that through to the very end.”
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