Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems like no beloved show comes to a conclusion these days without sparking at least a few movie-sequel rumors, and apparently Breaking Bad is no exception. As the acclaimed AMC drama heads into its fifth and final season, star Bryan Cranston has teased the possibility of reviving Walter White for the big screen somewhere down the road. Read his comments after the jump.
At this point, it seems the movie is just one possibility being explored, with no confirmed plan in place, but Cranston told the LA Times that it could happen. Last year, creator Vince Gilligan and the network came to an agreement that the series would close with a final 16-episode fifth season to air in two runs of eight episodes each, allowing Gilligan and his cast and crew to work toward a fitting end. However, Cranston now says Gilligan is wondering about the possibility of following Walter White past the final season.
“Vince feels that now we have too much story,” he revealed to the publication. “We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes.” In fact, Cranston says, “it’s not far-fetched. I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility.”
Of course, regular Breaking Bad viewers know that a movie sequel would likely hinge on one very big if — whether or not its antihero protagonist Walter White actually survives the series. Many fans have guessed that the series would end with the character’s death, and Cranston himself admits that his sequel talk “is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end.” But, he says, “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.”
In a sense, we do have some idea of where Gilligan’s series is going to end. The showrunner has often referred to his series as a grand experiment to “turn Mr. Chips into Scarface,” and Walter’s descent into hell looks to be moving along nicely. In other words, this doesn’t seem like the kind of story that could be stretched out indefinitely, so presumably the folks involved will have to decide one way or another soon(ish).
As a Breaking Bad fan, I certainly wouldn’t mind spending an extra two hours in a big-screen version of that universe. However, I’d also be perfectly happy to see the series come to a complete and utter end with its TV finale. Either way, all I want is for this excellent series to get the perfect ending that it deserves.
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