Vince Gilligan shares discusssed alternate endings and other storyline possibilities that never occurred... some interesting stuff:
'Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan shares five alternate endings - MSN TV News
5. Jesse Dies, Then Walt Jr. Dies: This wasn't necessarily a finale ending, but it was an idea Gilligan kicked around before Season 1 even began. He says he considered a sequence in which a very ruthless drug dealer he would include elements of Gus Fring, Krazy 8 and Tuco Salamanca would kill Jesse. Walt, "filled with rage," shackles him in a basement. He rigs a tripwire with a shotgun, so that the dealer can kill himself by pulling it. Walt wants the dealer to do it, so he begins torturing him from the ground up. He starts at the toes and begins "lopping off bits of this guy and cauterizing it with a blowtorch or something." This goes on for weeks, but the dealer won't kill himself. Eventually Walt Jr. discovers him and tries to give him some water. When the dealer realizes Walt Jr. is Walt's son, he trips the wire and kills them both.Gilligan said no one at AMC was wild about the idea, and eventually his team of writers "people with more sense," he joked — reined him in.
"And you'll notice we never actually did that scene," he said.
So, uh, what did everything think of that last Low Winter Sun episode, huh?
Breaking Bad alternate ending:
I had no problems with the ending, save for the fact that Badfinger sucks. It was soothing to see Walt go out under full control, which was always the main and relatable point - an "everyman" with no control of his own life longing to seize ownership of his destiny. He got what he wanted, at full cost. Its the only way the show could have ended.
Was The "Breaking Bad" Finale All Just A Fantasy In Walter White's Head
I love Norm Macdonald.
When JD and I watched the finale, I didn't "see" this, but when I came home and watched again, it immediately came to mind... :)