‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vows ‘Definitive’ End to Revered Show

by | June 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM | Breaking Bad, TV News

Here's the first poster (left) promoting the final episodes of "Breaking Bad." Right: Bryan Cranston (top), creator Vince Gilligan (center) and co-star Aaron Paul (Photos: AMC)

Don’t expect an ending like “The Sopranos” when “Breaking Bad” has its finale later this year.

That’s the word from “Breaking Bad” creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan who says the ending he and his team have crafted for the show is “very definitive.”

Gilligan talked about the end of the show in an interview with Yahoo here as AMC prepares to air the final eight episodes starting on August 11.

The eight episodes will finish out the show’s divided fifth season and bring the curtain down on the critically acclaimed series.

Of course Gilligan didn’t reveal any details of how the story ends for Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who becomes a manufacturer and seller of methamphetamine in order to raise money to leave to his family when he dies. But Gilligan is certain that, when the final episode airs, viewers will agree the ending was “definitive” — not only for Walt, but for the show’s other important characters as well, he said.

” ‘Definitive’ doesn’t mean that a story couldn’t go on after that point, although I have no plans for that,” Gilligan said. “Not to give away any particulars of our ending, but it is indeed very definitive. You know where things stand at the end of these eight episodes that are upcoming. In figuring them out, we said to ourselves, ‘We are the first viewers of this show. We’re the first fans of this show,’ these six writers and myself. We sat around for, God, countless hours, thinking to ourselves, ‘How should we end this thing? What is the ending that would satisfy us the most?’ ” he said.

In asking him whether the ending would be “definitive,” the Yahoo interviewer evoked memories of the “Sopranos” finale, which ended with a sudden black screen in the middle of a scene that suggested that anything could have happened to Tony Soprano. Even now, the debate over the effectiveness of the “Sopranos” ending continues.

For Gilligan, the end of “Breaking Bad” is bittersweet. “I haven’t told my crew this,” he said Wednesday at a “Breaking Bad” panel discussion in L.A. “I actually cried writing the end – ‘The end’ on the last episode. I haven’t since then.”

Meanwhile, AMC has issued the first promotional poster (above) for the final episodes of “Breaking Bad.” It shows none of the show’s stars or even the show’s title. It is simply a wisp of smoke on a green background with the tagline, “All ‘Bad’ things must come to an end.” The only other words are: “The final episodes. August 11.”