AMC’s Breaking Bad ended its acclaimed five-season run last year, but the final zoom-out scene featuring antihero Walter White may not have represented what you think it did.
Bryan Cranston hinted Thursday night during an interview with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN that his character could still be alive — having possibly survived his bloody gunshot wound.
“Spoiler alert for all of you who are going to watch Breaking Bad on Netflix — shut your ears right now,” Banfield warned viewers. “I’m going to ask you, really, seriously, I wasn’t so sure that you died, I really wasn’t. Your eyes were open and I thought, ‘What if the police just take him into custody, he gets better, breaks out and just goes nuts?'”
“Hey, you never saw bags zip up or anything,” Cranston quipped.
“Is he dead?” Banfield asked more directly, to which Cranston replied, “I don’t know.”
Banfield continued prodding: “No movie? No nothing? No Walter White ever again?”
“Never say never,” Cranston said. “Never say never,” Cranston said.
Cranston, who stars in the summer blockbuster Godzilla and in the Tony Award-nominated All the Way, could someday bring Walter White to theaters in some form, though a movie spinoff is unlikely.
But what about a Breaking Bad play or musical? Also unlikely anytime soon, seeing as Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is already conjuring up a spinoff series for AMC about quirky criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.
Here’s the Cranston-Banfield interaction in all its glory (skip to the 3:38 mark):
The Breaking Bad finale attracted 10.3 million viewers — the highest viewership in series history — and significant social buzz. Now, we won’t be surprised if you go running to Netflix to re-watch the final scene after reading this awfully mean tease from Cranston.