Creator of the show "Breaking Bad," Vince Gilligan and lead actor Bryan Cranston in an interview with Collider talked about the final season of the series. Excerpts from the interview are available below.
- Vince, when you first started thinking about this show, did you imagine the approximate duration of the show?
Vince Gilligan: No. I swear, I didn’t think I got such a long history. Scientists say that according to their calculations, bumblebees can not fly because their wings are too small to fly up their body weight. That's according to our calculations, no one could have predicted how long the story of how middle-aged man finds out that he was dying of cancer and decides to cook crystal meth. And all this happens in the first 15 minutes of the first episode.
- But you have in fact had some blueprints for the development of the plot? On how long period of time did you schedule the action plan after you started to think about the show?
Vince Gilligan: Not for a long as you might think. We have six wonderful writers. We do not know where to take us very long history. In the beginning, I thought of three seasons, to be honest. When we realized that our story can have development and beyond - and all thanks to the fans, the critics, the guys from TV networks - that we have come to the conclusion that 62 episodes - this is just what you need. But we did not know how this story will end. Absolutely.
- When did you know that what happens in the last scene of the last episode, will affect dramatically the development of the plot? Walt Whitman's book is something that you planned in advance?
Vince Gilligan: It happened in 10-12 episodes so far. We worked on the fourth season, when began to figure, “What if Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), this wonderful, intelligent agent of DBS, doggedly chasing this guy, who turns out to be his brother-in-law, after all this hard work, just sitting on the toilet, notices the book, given to Walt and which Walt probably should not have been kept in the house?"
- What an idea came to mind first: the book or the toilet?
Vince Gilligan: First, about the book, and then the toilet.
- Brian, when you start shooting, could you imagine what a dark and winding road awaits Walter White?
Bryan Cranston: Well, I first met Vince introduced me to the basic idea - turning Mr. Chips to Scarface. I thought, "How can turn Scarface? Is that a lite version?" I didn’t know the answer. Walter White a likable gentleman from the south. When you talk to him, he is charming and polite, sweet and smart. I just could not imagine the stress and darkness, which is hidden behind all this. It was a surprise to all of us who worked closely with Vince every time to read the script and say, "Oh, my God," to which he replied: "Yeah, I think it's cool!" But personally, I knew from the start that what he is trying to do in the history of television has never been done before. He showed us the hero, we found it on the one hand, and then he took it and turned it into someone completely different. To carry out this conversion was a real adventure. We had no idea whether we will come out something of this.
- What can you say about the fact that viewers still sympathize with your hero, despite the fact that he is in many ways has become a real monster?
Bryan Cranston: I liked this adventure. Vince and his team of writers are simply injected into the drama of the story, but done the same thing with the audience. The audience when they met my hero, presented his portrait painted by certain colors. Vince brilliantly used their shades. He threw the bait and you got caught. Walter - a nice guy who tries to do the right thing. He has limited time to spare, so he takes a rash decision. We ourselves sometimes act recklessly, maybe just not the way Walt had. So, you're on his side. And then you start testing. The audience went through testing at certain points several times in 6 years, and all of you still waiting for one turn, change of direction in the plot, but the turn is purely subjective. Some say that the changes have taken place in Season 2. Others believe that it happened when died Jane (Krysten Ritter). Still others insist on something else. Personally, I believe that it all happened in the first episode, when Walt tried to be what he is not. It's a slippery slope, once set foot on it, you risk everything. He lost his soul, let her to disappear under the pressure of circumstances. He's in trouble.
- Who now represents the main threat to Walt? After all liquidated enemies - is it Hank?
Bryan Cranston: These last eight episodes will be a real surprise as to how things work out. I can only say what I think, I'm sure that whatever happens, will satisfy fans of the series to 100 percent. When I read the script ending, I thought, "Oh, yes, yes!"
- Vince, the idea to finish the production of the show now, when it is an absolute hit, seems crazy. Have you thought about continuation of the show for a few seasons?
Vince Gilligan: This temptation was present. I myself could not decide how the story should be long, and how many more seasons to do. This question was difficult to answer. Thank God we found the answer about the end of the fourth season - we still have 16 episodes. Then we locked ourselves in the writers room, painted a board into 16 equal squares and began to discuss what we still have left to tell. We had to weigh and consider not to stretch the ending to the story does not end too quickly for it was logical and without any blunders. I am now sad. But, despite the sadness with a bitter-sweet taste, I am very happy that at no time in the past few months have not said, "Oops, we made a mistake. We had to renew the show for another year." Everything must have an end.
- How do you celebrate the end of work on the show?
Vince Gilligan: Chilled champagne.
Bryan Cranston: During the filming of the last episode, whenever one of the actors delivering his last remark, we raised a glass. That's why it ended so well. It's funny that in the last day, many began to say: "I'm going to get a tattoo." They wanted to make a sign, type "Br Ba". In general, plucked a crowd of people, and our doctor said that everything organized. And it so happened that one very talented artist on tattoos from our art department, Richard, was going to just open a salon and get tattoos. Lesson in the style of "Breaking Bad." Therefore, I also signed up for this thing. People of my age group do not do tattoos. When I was a kid, tattoos had the fans of "Hell's Angels" or those who served in the Navy. So, I decided that I, too, will have the tattoo, and it remains only to find a place to do it.
What's wrong with Walter? Will Hank react to his great discovery? Will Jesse return to meth business? Whether there will be a jump in time before the final episode? Next creator «Breaking Bad» Vince Gilligan answers burning questions in an interview.
Did Walt actually throw meth business?
You can take his word for it or not. Personally, I believe that when Walt reported this Skyler, he told the truth. Did he cook his last bulk? We are still working on the final episodes.
How often do we see Jesse, since he went out of business?
He is still much to be done. Just because he went out of business does not mean that he will not be on the show. The series would have lost a lot without the acting talent of Aaron Paul.
After the scene with medical examination showed us that Walter has decided to quit the business. Does this mean that the cancer has returned to Walter?
Let's just say we never tried to do pointless scenes. If we decided to put the scenery and shoot the scene, then it must be a good reason ... this scene is not just.
What can you say about the scene at the beginning of the fifth season of the bearded Walter in a diner?
The action scenes are approximately 10-12 months after the event (first half) of the fifth season. So we briefly looked into the future. Did we see the very end? Possible. You'd be surprised how few of the last eight episodes we wrote. So far, we have only a general outline.
Does this mean that we can expect a jump in time?
Probably. Since the events of the pilot episode were about fourteen or fifteen months. So at some point, perhaps, there will be a small jump.
How could always careful Mike to let Walt beat himself?
We all sometimes feel sorry about something. Mike was always physically superior to Walt ... We've seen how he easily chained Walt to a radiator. Turn his back on Walt was a bad idea, but what to do, Mike was full of worries then ... it was a tactical mistake. Conclusion: never turn your back to Walter White.
What will be relations between Walt and Jesse?
In their last scene is clearly present, nostalgia, and the scene was like the parting of the two characters. Jesse got his. This season, he was not so much an assistant as a full partner ... However, their partnership has a crack and will not be restored: Jesse holding a gun in his belt, he does not trust his former partner.
I'm afraid I can only say the following: Seven writers, including myself, have long argued about it. We went through every option. It is difficult to imagine what Hank was thinking ... I think this is the most terrible discovery of his life.
What else can you say about the last eight episodes?
It's over. We learn the fate of all the characters. Writers will be given the best they can. We both fear and relief, knowing that it was past eight hours. There is talk about the film - so far we have not thought of. But now we do not have any restrictions on the plot.
Do you feel the pressure due to the ending?
I understand that you can not adapt to the expectations of the audience. And we must not forget that the show looks a lot of fans, but they are all unique. So please, there is nothing more dangerous than to come up with the ending, which, as you think will please a lot of people. Ending will be judged much more severely than any other previous episode. So the best solution is to try to imagine that there is no pressure.
Should Walt be punished by the end of the series?
He should not. Somewhere in the world right now, someone got away with murder hands. Maybe I can get away to Walter. Nor, for that matter, there was such a satisfactory ending? It's an unusual episode. I'm very proud, but often realize that sympathize with the man who met in life, gone over to the other side of the street ... He's a bad guy. But he's smart, works hard and is experiencing the deepest feelings, so he involuntarily begin to empathize. Sometimes I "support" for him, sometimes I want he to be hit by a car. So is a "satisfactory" ending - the right ending?
Breaking Bad received two WGA awards - for best drama and for the best episode. In this regard, the journalists decided to try the series creator - Vince Gilligan, who spoke about last season and how to roll Walter.
To begin with a short-recall where we left off. Walt (played by Brian Krenson) went to Tio Salamanca in a conspiracy against their common enemy in order to lure out of the lair and lure in a nursing home, "Casa Tranquilo." But there is rather helpless paralytic, fraternized with the authorities, Gus Fring Tio waited in a wheelchair, stuffed with explosives.
In the fifth - and final extended to sixteen episodes - season "we are on the same path, which went on for four seasons" - Gilligan said at the award ceremony WGA, where the authors Breaking Bad grabbed the award in two categories at once.
"We, in fact, took good-natured protagonist, and turned him into a villain. And to the bottom of the black hole into which he jumped without anyone forcing, Walter White has to fall and fall. "
But is it required to keep such a way? Walt threw superboss of laboratory, which is only waiting for a pretext to get rid of, once again won the confidence of Jesse, and for several seasons as the best shot to fame on the continent, the manufacturer of methamphetamine. Why not to stop and did not return to normal life, without waiting for the arrest or death in a gang’s hands?
"Hmm, good question," - thought Gilligan. "Oppression is a line of Walt for the benefit of his family or the fact there are other reasons? Do not implicated here egocentricity and megalomania? Not if he gets on his actions sincere pleasure? Do not intoxicated if his power? These questions, in my opinion, everyone should ask themselves, who faced a choice - take it on or turn back. "
Another question is the answer to which we will look at the swan song of Breaking Bad (which is considered by many to be two verses): who will replace Gus Fring and will become the new real obstacle to Walt for world domination?
Reminding us that Gus was a "wonderful character" played "a wonderful actor," Giankarlo Esposito, Gilligan acknowledged that the death of this "godfather" leaves a huge hole in the soul of the series. "But I want to believe that Walter White, and, perhaps, other characters will be able to patch it."
"Now, everything will be different, but no less interesting!" - Added Gilligan. - "And you're right, we pulled up the bar inexcusable high".
Immediately after the third season of the crime drama "Breaking Bad" AMC channel, broadcasting the show, confirmed the desire to see the next season, new episodes of the series. The channel decision isn't seem controversial or risky, based on growing from season to season ratings and excellent press.
The only obstacle to the fourth season could be the question of the budget of new episodes. AMC would approve the cost estimates at $ 3.1 million for the series, while produces of Sony TV insisted on the figure of $ 3.3 million for two months of negotiations have stopped the price of the episode as a compromise a mark of $ 3.2 million.
Over the last three seasons the show has grown from a small TV project in one of the best drama series and TV Squad, and does insist that "Breaking Bad" together with "Mad Men" are a couple of the best TV drams today. Agree with the view of journalists and spectators (the third season was marked the highest rated in the history of the series) and critics (4 Emmy Award for first two seasons, including an unprecedented double of Bryan Cranston for two years from the passing ceremony a statuette for Best Actor in a Drama Series). Guide channel, represented by Vice President Joel Stillerman lavish with the compliments:
"Breaking Bad" is one of the most dynamic and multi-layered dramas on TV today. Critical acclaim and growing audience's attention, which we saw in season 3, demonstrated that our channel on the right track. Vince Gilligan and his team come up with story lines that affect the psyche, waves and hypnotize the audience. We look forward to an incredible fourth season of the show".
Sam Gilligan, the creator of the series, let slip that gives his TV series at least another two seasons, after which he was ready to put a full stop.
The director and the main hero of "Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston admitted that he would very much like that Justin Timberlake has played a cameo role in the series. In an interview with Los Angeles Times Cranston said that the famous pop singer is a fan of the series.
"I accidentally met with Justin and he told me:" "Oh, I love your series. I'm a fan of Breaking Bad!" "To which I replied:" You must take part in the filming. "He readily said he was ready to participate and I promised to keep him informed!"
Cranston even came up with the storyline, in which Timberlake will be a Jesse cousin (Aaron Paul), only more strange and dangerous. "I came and presented the idea of inviting Timberlake in the role of Jesse brother. However, Aaron said:" Yes, I know who is Justin Timberlake, but ... no! I'll just continue to work, and I advise to you the same!"
Nevertheless, Cranston did not give up: "I know Justin is a good actor. And maybe we can bring it to the musical episode of "Breaking Bad". Maybe he will even sing at our series".