This Conan interview with the cast of Breaking Bad from this summer resurfaced on Reddit on Wednesday sure takes on a different meaning now that we know Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan is developing a Breaking Bad movie. In the clip, Bryan Cranston says he doesn't think Walter White is dead, which has big implications for what the movie could be.
In the Breaking Bad series finale, Cranston's character, meth kingpin Walter White, apparently died by gunshot while freeing his assistant Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) from neo-Nazis holding him captive. The last shot of the series is Walter White lying on the floor, seemingly dead, as a cop takes his pulse. But what if that was a fake out?
"Maybe Walter White did get away with it," Cranston proposes to Conan O'Brien, then makes a "hmm, what if?" face. Bob Odenkirk says "I don't think so," but maybe Walter White knows something Saul Goodman doesn't?
"Was there a coroner's report?" Cranston continues. "Was there a listing in the obituaries? No!"
If you watched this interview in July, you probably thought Cranston was just trolling, but now it seems like he was dropping a hint that more story was coming. All we really know about the movie so far is that its working title is Greenbrier, it's reportedly going into production next month, Vince Gilligan is writing it and the plot will "follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom," which sounds like Jesse Pinkman, but who knows?
My theory is that the movie will wrap Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul together and show us where the characters are now. Better Call Saul's next season will be its fifth, and that will probably be its last, because it just doesn't seem right that the spinoff would run for longer than the original, which ran for five seasons. The movie would catch up with Jesse Pinkman and Jimmy "Saul Goodman" McGill after the events of the Breaking Bad finale, when Jimmy is living under the assumed name Gene and managing a Cinnabon in Omaha, as we see in flash-forwards on Better Call Saul. And Walter White might be there, too.
For now, though, Cranston is saying that he hasn't read the script and hasn't been officially asked to appear, but he would. "It's a great story, and there's a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to these storylines that were left open, and this idea, from what I'm told, gets into those... at least a couple of the characters who were not completed, as far as their journey," Cranston said of the movie during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday. So yeah, it's a sequel.
Breaking Bad is available to stream on Netflix.