We are a few months removed from the epic series finale of “Breaking Bad,” but the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, recent opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the endings that could have been.
Many fans were pleased to see Walter White finally meet his maker while Jesse rode off into the sunset, but only after Todd, his crazy uncle Jack and their Nazi goons were brutally murdered at the hands of Heisenberg.
However, there were a number of alternate endings that Gilligan almost used for the show, which could have completely changed the tone of the show as it came to an end.
Among the possibilities were Walter White shooting up a jail to free Jesse or shooting up a prison van, along with a scenario where an incredible bloodbath would have resulted in the death of every major character. Yes, that even includes Saul Goodman.
“Saul Goodman is kind of like a cockroach, in the sense that he’s probably going to survive all nuclear wars and he’ll still be out there somewhere after mankind has become extinct. He’s a survivor and therefore it’d be weird if he didn’t survive,” Gilligan said.
” Walter White, on the other hand, got a death sentence in the first act of the very first episode. It would be less than satisfying perhaps if he didn’t die at the end of the whole thing.”
As for the bloodbath:
We would have done whatever it took to come up with the best, most satisfying ending to Breaking Bad, including killing off Saul. But the more we talked about it, the more we thought, “You know, we don’t necessarily want the end of this series to be a bloodbath.” At one point, we talked about killing off every major character, and one particularly dark week along the way we talked about killing everybody — having some sort of Wild Bunchbloodbath of an ending. But you live with those ideas for a while and you think, “What do we need to kill all these characters for?” Just because an ending is dramatic or perhaps overly dramatic does not ensure that it will be satisfying.” We thought to ourselves, “Let’s just go with what feels right to us.” And there’s no mathematics to this. You just have to feel your way through it blindly and go with your gut, and that’s what we did.
In the end, the “Breaking Bad” creators and writers came up with a great ending that left everyone pleased. It could have been a bit more dramatic or more violent, but what purpose would it have served if the ending wasn’t just right?
Instead of trying to hard and coming up short, Gilligan made the right decision as we said goodbye to our baby blue.