How 'Breaking Bad' should end, according to Bryan Cranston
July 16th, 2013
05:40 PM ET

How 'Breaking Bad' should end, according to Bryan Cranston

After five years as the increasingly vicious teacher-turned-meth king Walter White, Bryan Cranston has thought long and hard about how Walter's journey should come to an end this year.

“I had notions. Like, ‘What if he created this toxic world around him and, because of his actions, everybody he loved died and he had to stay alive?’" Cranston, 57, tells GQ magazine in its August issue.

"But then I’d think, ‘He’s wrought so much, he has to die. Doesn’t he?’ But if he dies, what does he die of? Maybe he dies of cancer," Cranston continued. "After all this other danger! But my true answer of how I wanted it to end, my honest answer, is this: however Vince Gilligan wants it to end.”

OK, so that's kind of a copout, but it's a good and - as he says - honest one. And "Breaking Bad" creator Gilligan doesn't leave us hanging, offering something of a hint to GQ. The showrunner says that he drew inspiration for the conclusion of his AMC series, which will air its final eight episodes starting August 11, from "M.A.S.H."

“I keep coming back to M*A*S*H. From the first episode, these people sit around and say, ‘All I want to do is go home,’" Gilligan tells the magazine. "So of course they all get to go home in the final episode. Sometimes the best moment in a TV show is an unpredictable moment, but sometimes it’s actually being predictable.”

Cranston's rise as one of TV's most eminent actors wasn't as obvious from the outset, but it's crystal clear now as he brings his evolution of Walter to a close.

“What happened to Walt is something I related to, if I’m truly honest with myself," Cranston says. "I’ve come to realize that I think everybody is capable of that. If you came into a condition where you were under tremendous stress. And if I knew what buttons to push that threatened you and yours… You could become an extremely dangerous person.”


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  2. dave

    Sal will terminate Walt and Jesse after finding the stored cash.then he's free from them and the narcs will only believe its the cartel that finished them off

    August 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. marty

    Walt Jr. will take over the "family business" after everyone dies!

    August 10, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Instead of chili power as a special ingredient, he will use bacon chips

      August 12, 2013 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Car Wash in Toronto

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    July 31, 2013 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. bm23reviews

    Love Breaking Bad, with a great ending it could be considered the greatest show ever. http://bm23tvreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/5-defining-moments-in-breaking-bad/

    July 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cait

    So sad. I'm gonna miss this awesome show! But I'm glad they'll stop at a logical endpoint, before it risks burning out all that was good about it, like many other shows have done in the past.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Meh

    He gets killed by a ...... Sharknado!!!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Results!...He is away from her in 5 months and needs help with the "new one"...thanks

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    July 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 22, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. kathy

    Gotta say it. I think Brian is one of the most talented actors we have out there. SInce first seeing and enjoying him on the HYSTERICAL Malcolm in the MIddle he has been knocking everyone's socks off in his dramatic roles in movies and TV. Look forward to seeing more of him now that's BB is over. ALso quite a hotty.

    July 19, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Thanks Tex for pointing out that Gus was South American. Totally spaced that one. Changes everything. Here's the revision:

    Walt went to the Car Wash early in the morning to contemplate smoking the Ricin cigarette to end it all.

    In a storage unit is a dusty Los Pollos Hermanos delivery van. Someone gets in the van and drives it to the car wash, pays the attendant and quickly walks away.... Walt gets a phone call. The person on the line asks Walt if he likes dark meat and laughs uncontrollably!!! It sounds like Gus!!! How is this possible? He stands up and notices a Los Pollos Hermanos delivery van coming thru the wash. He can't believe it!! One final glance at the van then BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cut to Latin America

    Down a dusty road is the source of Gus's laughter. In a dimly lit bedroom a computer is playing a video of Gus laughing uncontrollably. A young boy kisses two fingers, places them on the screen and say's, "I Love You Dad, Rest In Peace."

    July 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike B

      Gus was originally from Chile before living in Mexico. When questioned by Hank, he made reference to his records being lost during or after the Pinochet regime.

      July 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tex

    Walt recreates Gales' coffee maker and is killed by a hit man hired by Starbucks.

    July 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Walt went to the Car Wash early in the morning to contemplate smoking the Ricin cigarette to end it all.

    In a storage unit is a dusty Los Pollos Hermanos delivery van. Someone gets in the van and drives it to the car wash, pays the attendant and quickly walks away.. Walt gets a phone call. The person on the line asks Walt if he likes dark meat and laughs uncontrollably!!! It sounds like Gus!!! How is this possible? He stands up and notices a Los Pollos Hermanos delivery van coming thru the wash. He can't believe it!! One final glance at the van then BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cut to Mexico

    A Mexican villa on a dusty road seems is the source of Gus's laughter. In a dimly lit bedroom a computer is playing a video of Gus laughing uncontrollably. A young Mexican boy kisses two fingers and places them on the screen and say's, "I Love You Dad, Rest In Peace."

    July 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • tex

      Well done. One quibble, though.
      Didn't the bell ringer guy, in a flashback, refer to Gus as a South American, therefor "Dirty?

      July 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Destrus

    It ends with Walter, Jesse, and Hank in a Mexican standoff. Jesse finally snaps because of all that Walter has put him through because of what Walter has become. Jesse shoots Walter, Hank shoots Jesse. Walter doesn't shoot Hank because he realizes that he has ultimately become the bad man and doesn't want to continue living that way.

    July 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Midge

    let it go already

    July 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. rad4d

    Oh please end it like Lost...

    July 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ksiner

    They should tie it into AMC's The Walking Dead... it was a bad batch of Walt's meth that created the zombie apocalypse

    July 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cait

      HAHA! Brilliant! Zombies and meth heads, are they really all that different anyways?

      July 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Beiny

    I Think Jessie and Walters Wife will join together and have him killed so they do not have to be a part of the drug world anymore. They split all the money and go their seperate ways

    July 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JEREMY

    oooooooor...Walt gets in the drug business with the boys at SAMCRO

    July 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ShorePartyTomorrowNight

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    July 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Face Off

    Don't forget the flash forward scene where he is purchasing a machine gun. "Say hello to my little friend!"

    July 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bronson

    Jesse will kill Walter realizing how bad Walter has become. Then runaway with the money to some other city or state, or possibly country with his Hispanic girlfriend or a new girlfriend he found.
    Hank will get promoted. Skylar would go on with her life, Walt Jr. will never find out about his father.

    July 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ying ko

    he's been carrying that ricin cigarette around with him now for a long time... i could imagine the last scene being him lighting it and bringing it up to take a puff

    July 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Captain Slapaho

    He finds a "partner" and they two men run off to Provincetown to open a juice bar.

    July 17, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. mark f hill

    i think Walter will kill Hank, then commit Suicide due to guilt.........

    July 17, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. BBad Fan

    I love the show, but the story was initially supposed to end Last season.

    If last season had been the conclusion as had been originally planned things would have beep wrapped nicely with a great climax.

    Another season at this point seems to be pushing it and will probably take us places fans dont wish to go.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew Farmer

      Last season and this season are actually the same season, just split in half so they could get more money. So no worries on pushing it

      July 17, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. M.A.P.

    I loved the last scene of the last series wuth hank on the toilet. Hmmmm Hank's sloppy sloppy turd!

    July 17, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  28. M.A.P.

    I want it to end in an explosion of diarrhea and vomit. A river of poo and spew.

    July 17, 2013 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Marge

    scruffy and in a suit-wow

    July 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hill

    I hope Hank takes him out in a blaze of gun fire.

    July 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Peace ☮

    Hi tracie! I have to admit, that one made me chuckle. ;)

    July 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |

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