Will Walter White (Bryan Cranston) die in the Breaking Bad series finale?
The question ranks up there with the final fate of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) in The Sopranos. To this day, no one but series creator David Chase knows beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not Tony lived.
As a series, Breaking Bad ranks in the upper echelon of TV dramas created over the past two decades. But fans want a decisive conclusion to the series.
That means no cut to black like on The Sopranos and definitely no purgatory scene like on Lost.
Cranston may not know the final fate of the character he made famous, but he isn’t opposed to seeing White alive at the end of the series. More importantly, Cranston is still entertaining the idea of a Breaking Bad movie.
“It’s not far-fetched,” Cranston told the LA Times. “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.”
In the past few years, a few TV series have gone off the air with dreams of life as a feature film. 24 closed out its series with a less than awe-inspiring cliffhanger, setting the stage for a 24: The Movie. Unfortunately, pre-production has been riddled with problems. HBO’s Entourage also opted for a less than stellar finale by leaving the series open to a feature film story arc.
Would fans want to see the same thing happen to Walter White? Life in TV to Film limbo doesn’t sound too appealing. Lighthearted shows like Sex and the City may be able to pull it off to modest success, but gritty dramas have their place. On the small screen.
Following last year’s thrilling conclusion with Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), Cranston knows that whatever happens in the Breaking Bad finale will be jaw dropping and potentially apocalyptic. He said, “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.”
What are your thoughts on a Breaking Bad feature film?