It will be weeks before we revisit the world of Walter White, in which he’s now in the running to become the one and only meth kingpin of Albuguerue, New Mexico. But before we get to that, it’s time to start some Breaking Bad movie talk.
The talk itself hasn’t come from an anonymous online source, but star Bryan Cranston himself. In an interview with The LA Times, Cranston claims that a big screen version is “not far-fetched. I wouldn’t mind visiting that possibility. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t know anything of how the show’s going to end.”
“If it doesn’t end up in a total apocalypse, who knows?” he explains. “Maybe we could revisit Walter White a year down the road and see where his life has gone. If he’s still alive, that is.”
In the creation of the upcoming fifth and supposedly final season, Cranston says that creator Vince Gilligan “feels that now we have too much story. We could actually go beyond those 16 episodes.” The story left off in season four with the explosive end to Walter’s year-long chess match with Gustavo “Gus” Fring, chicken magnate and meth superboss. Those final moments realized what has been seasons of work for Gilligan and his writing staff, bringing out the bad in Walter White.
“To this point, Walt’s been able to lie to himself and reason that he’s done all these terrible things for his family,” Gilligan explains. “But that’s a lie that’s harder and harder to maintain as this upcoming season progresses and the money piles up and he’s faced more and more with the badness that he’s done. He’s going to be a harder guy to root for, I promise you that.”
Ultimately, whether or not we see a Breaking Bad movie is completely up in the air. There’s still an entire season to go with so many relationships still hanging in the balance. A new image from season five, seen above courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, showed an eerie portrait of Walt and his wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), sitting in silence, perhaps pondering their dangerous future. It’s a future we’ll have to see realized before we know if a movie is something we’ll want. The notion of extending the Breaking Bad experience sounds wonderful in theory, but what if some of our favorite characters — perhaps even Walt himself — don’t see the other side of season five? As this show has proven before, anything is possible.
No matter what happens, either a movie or show are safe as long as they’re in the hands of Gilligan, who remains committed to the show’s prime directive: “The experiment of the show has been to take a good guy and have him transform himself into a bad guy. And we’re committed to seeing that through to the very end.”
Stick around for more as the weeks go on, as we’ll be blogging Breaking Bad’s fifth season weekly, beginning with a recap of the road so far and a preview of season five. Our weekly Breaking Bad blog will kick off July 2.[The LA Times]