By Will Ashton
Happy 2014 everyone!
I guess it’s only fitting that my first post of the new year would be related to Breaking Bad. After its finale at the end of September, most fans seemed satisfied overall with how the show left off, but some did complain about the show ending a bit too predictably and neat.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, show creator Vince Gilligan addressed these complains by saying:
“The challenge was to ‘be satisfying.’ That was the two-word goal that the writers and I were basically consumed by for the better part of a year. In the early going of trying to break the finale [story], we were under the impression that to satisfy was to surprise the audience. And it finally dawned on us one wonderful day that the key to satisfying an audience doesn’t necessarily reside within surprising them, even though the show itself had thrived on the many twists and turns of plot that it had given the viewers over six years and the many surprises that it had held in store. Nonetheless, at a certain point, it feels like a moment where fate or destiny takes over in Walter White’s life — it feels like Walt is probably not gonna survive this show. And in fact, he shouldn’t, because the promise in the very first episode is that he is going to succumb. Having said that, the little surprises along the way in the last episode, like the fact that Walt does not succumb to the cancer — the thing that was promised all along – but rather he gets hoisted on his own petard. He’s the engine of his own destruction, but in a way that’s hopefully satisfying.”
Also, on a lighter note, Gilligan noted that his one regret with the show was Jesse Pinkman’s teeth, commenting that actor Aaron Paul’s perfect teeth weren’t very realistic for a meth-head.
Moving on to the future, Gilligan started talking about Better Call Saul, which has its plans more firmly aligned than they were previously. Now that the writers have all been put together and have talked about the show, he had the following to say:
“(Peter Gould and I) think, by and large, this show will be a prequel, but the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time. So it’s possible that we may indeed do that, and we’ll see the past and perhaps the future. Nothing is written in stone yet, we’re still figuring it out, but the thing we realize is tricky with the character is that Saul Goodman is very comfortable in his own skin. He seems to be a character who is pretty happy with himself, especially when we first meet him. He seems to be a pretty happy-go-lucky guy, and that makes him everything that Walter White is not. And that also makes for tricky drama. When I say drama, even in a comedy, you want drama, you want tension and conflict, and a character that at heart seems at peace with himself is intrinsically undramatic. [Laughs] So we’ve been thinking about how to address that issue.”
In addition to this, Gilligan also teased the return of some loved characters, including Mike, as he said that he is the one main actor that he would love to have back. He said:
“The character that springs to mind would be Mike (Jonathan Banks). That would be a great deal of fun. I would say the sky’s the limit, at least theoretically speaking. Realistically speaking, we’ve got a whole lot of actors, and the world is now well-aware of their wonderful talents and abilities, and therefore Breaking Bad has probably made it tougher for Peter and I to get some of these folks pinned down for another TV show. They’re off making big movies and doing Broadway plays and whatnot, and that’s exactly the way it should be. That is a high-class problem that we will have to contend with as we go forward with Better Call Saul, if we do indeed want to touch base with some of these characters… Better Call Saul could be The Love Boat of its generation, where instead of Milton Berle showing up in a sailor’s cap, hopefully it could be Aaron Paul, also in a sailor’s cap. [Laughs]”
You can check out the full interview with Gilligan here. In short, it looks like he’s got some big plans for the new show. Hopefully, he can live up to that promise.