The near-perfect Breaking Bad finale was marketed with some very clever viral posters, one of which depicted Walter and Jesse’s mobile meth truck along with the words: “All bad things must come to an end”.
And quite right too.
I’m sure I’m not the only fan of that great piece of television to be a little surprised – and worried – that there is already talk of bringing the show back.
That the fabulous Bryan Cranston is the one doing the talking is even more troubling since he played drug-dealing, murderous anti-hero Walter White, who was last seen in the show’s perfect final moment with a lifeless look on his face, staring up at the camera in a makeshift meth lab where he had just enacted a very satisfying revenge on his enemies.
Asked whether Walter was indeed dead, Cranston has just told CNN, “I don’t know. You never saw bags zip up or anything, or anybody say… you know.” And asked about the possibility of more Breaking Bad he added: “Never say never.”
Ok, so there was no body bag. What there was, though, was a finale in which Walter made the only kind of peace he was capable of making with the world, with his wife and kids, and of course with his beleaguered protege Jesse Pinkman. He also died with perfect symbolism, smearing his blood on a makeshift meth-manufacturing canister (the source of his undoing) as he fell to the ground.
It was a beautiful and poignant piece of television, making us wonder just what Walter was thinking as he slipped out of the world. We had a few seconds to take stock before the end.
Before this happened of course he had also managed to say goodbye to his wife Skyler and, standing over the crib of his baby Holly, enact a silent farewell to her too. It was breathtakingly sad. And, one would hope, final.
His departure also saw him enact a retributive justice that was fabulously satisfying on the solipsistic corporate drug-dealer Lydia, a repulsive Nazi crew and the smugly self satisfied Gretchen and Elliott, who had swindled Walter out of his legacy in his former life. No baddie went unpunished – and that includes Walter.
Another defining moment of the finale came when Jesse broke out of the gates and drove off whooping with joy. Having left Walt for the last time, we may have cause to wonder what the future holds for him.
But the idea of seeing any more of Walter White or of him suddenly returning (choking?) back to life is unthinkable. Sometimes you really sould say never…
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.