Breaking Bad alternate ending

As it is, the Breaking Bad finale was pretty damn violent. But apparently, things could’ve gotten even bloodier. According to showrunner Vince Gilligan, at one point the writers were considering killing off just about everybody in a “Wild Bunch bloodbath of an ending.”

So what made them change their minds? Hit the jump to read Gilligan’s explanation — as well as details on some other Breaking Bad alternate endings that could’ve been.

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Vince Gilligan on Community

Did you see Vince Gilligan on Community last night? The Breaking Bad creator had a cameo appearance on this week’s episode of the NBC comedy series. Gilligan appears as a Southern cowboy guide on a vintage VCR game played by Abed and Annie. He also appeared in a post-credits sequence with Gina Gershon. Watch both clips embedded now after the jump.
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Bryan Singer will direct the pilot of Battle Creek, the new show from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore. The show follows an FBI agent and a local detective who team to clean up the streets of the Michigan city that gives the show its name.

It’s not the only development for the series this week, as Dean Winters (Oz, 30 Rock, and Allstate’s mayhem) was recently announced as one of the show alongside Kal Penn, Janey McTeerAubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. Read More »

Aaron Paul  Better Call Saul
Aaron Paul wants to return to the Breaking Bad universe in the prequel series Better Call Saul. Paul not only wants to return, but he has had “serious talks” about it with the series co-creator Vince Gilligan. The show is set to be a prequel following Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. The AMC series is set to follow “the trials and tribulations in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

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WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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Alfonso Cuaron shooting Children of Men

The Directors Guild of America handed out its awards tonight for directorial achievement in 2013. Alfonso Cuarón took the top prize, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, for his work on Gravity. That all but locks him in as the Best Director Oscar winner. Steven Soderbergh won as best director of a TV movie or mini-series for Behind the Candelabra, and Vince Gilligan won the award for direction in a dramatic series for the Breaking Bad episode ‘Felina,’ beating out fellow Breaking Bad nominee Bryan Cranston, and also David Fincher, who was nominated for the pilot of House of Cards.

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Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmentraut in Breaking Bad

We know Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) will be back for Better Call Saul, obviously. And potential appearances by Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) have been teased as well. But one guy series co-creator Vince Gilligan really seems to have his heart on bringing back is Mike Ehrmentraut, the no-nonsense fixer/enforcer/hitman played by Jonathan Banks.

That is, if Gilligan can get him. As he points out, most of the Breaking Bad actors have moved on to other things. And that’s not even getting into the other, non-casting challenges presented by the show. Hit the jump to see what Gilligan had to say about Banks, Better Call Saul‘s fractured timeline, and his big regret about Breaking Bad.

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(Major spoilers for Breaking Bad follow.)

Breaking Bad is over for good, but not every character closed out the series with a definitive ending. One whose fate was left open-ended was Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), the gentle soul who had the spectacular misfortune to fall under the sway of Mr. White. The last we saw of him, he was driving off into the distance. Whether that ride ended with a fatal crash, jail time, a successful escape to Alaska, or a Disneyland trip with Brock, we don’t know.

Series creator Vince Gilligan has previously said that the ambiguity was by design, stressing that “it’s up to the individual viewer to decide what happens next for Jesse.” However, that hasn’t stopped him from coming up with some theories of his own. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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