Arguably one of the best written shows in television history is about to come to an end. The final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” will air later this summer and the show’s creator Vince Gilligan is sharing a few new details about the show’s highly-anticipated end.
“We often said in the writers’ room that if Walt had a superpower, it would be not his chemistry knowledge or his ability to cook crystal meth but his ability to lie,” Gilligan told EW. “Walt has been the world’s greatest liar, and I think the person he lies most capably to is himself. So in these final eight episodes, perhaps the lies will cease to find traction and the scales will start to fall away from Walt’s eyes. And when that happens, will Walt really begin to realize who he is? That’s a question that we asked ourselves a lot in the writers’ room this year.”
In the second half of season five, Walt will be keeping a close eye on his brother-in-law/law enforcer Hank. And, as should be expected from the show’s finale, there will be a lot of bloodshed.
“As the movie title goes, there will be blood,” Gilligan said. “To my mind, that’s not the most interesting thing. It’s the emotional moments and the character moments. … We’ve got some stuff that I think is going to be truly satisfying and truly shocking and jarring. It does not always center on moments of violence.”
The final season and the finale episode will keep viewers glued to their sets. Gilligan advises that fans “pay close attention” to the episodes because a lot will be happening in a very short period of time.
“We worked long and hard to ensure that these final eight — and, in fact, the very last episode — would satisfy an audience,” he said. “I am guardedly optimistic that we have achieved just that. And furthermore, trying to be as coy as possible, trying to give away as little as possible, I feel like this ending represents on some level, however small, something of a victory for Walter White. Read into that what you will. And try to be as open-minded as possible when you watch this episode, because it may not indeed feel like a victory. Or maybe it will. … I feel good about where it all ended up, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
“Breaking Bad” returns to AMC on August 11.