Did Bryan Cranston Just Give Away the 'Breaking Bad' Ending?
Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston at TimesTalk Presents an Evening With "Breaking Bad" on July 30, 2013 in New York City.
Among the many theories on how "Breaking Bad" will end is that Bryan Cranston's Walter White will die, but Cranston himself thinks there may be a far harsher fate for Walt.
When asked about the death theory by an audience member during a New York Times-sponsored TimesTalk in New York on Tuesday, Cranston replied, "There's a good case for that, that maybe that's the fitful end. And yet, what if the thing he wanted the most — which was the togetherness of his family — what if he lived, and they didn't? Wouldn't that be a worse hell to be in?"
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While Cranston and his co-stars, along with series creator Vince Gilligan, were gathered for the TimesTalk panel, a sillier potential "Breaking Bad" ending was discussed: the Interweb favorite that has Walt going into witness protection as Hal, the bumbling dad from Cranston's pre-"Bad" series, "Malcolm in the Middle."
"That might not be as far-fetched as you imagine," three-time "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Cranston joked. "DVD extras!"
Meanwhile, Gilligan told the sold-out audience of "BB" fans that the episode he considers the series' best hasn't even aired yet. It's the sixth of the final eight installments, titled "Ozymandias," a reference to Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem about how all great leaders eventually fall.
In a new promo clip for the final episodes, Cranston recites the poem to an ominous effect, and one as haunting as Walter White's famous "I am the one who knocks" speech.
"It's gonna knock your f--kin' socks off when you see it," Gilligan said of "Ozymandias," directed by Rian Johnson, who also directed Season 3's "Fly" and Season 5's "Fifty-One."
Other highlights from the "Breaking Bad" gathering:
- While discussing how much he immediately wanted the role after he read the pilot script, Cranston said he told his agents to get him a meeting with Gilligan as soon as possible, because he wanted to pitch himself before a slew of other actors did. "I wanted to lift my leg on him and spray him with my scent," Cranston joked.