But was Walt really telling the truth about being out of the game? After all, Breaking Bad doesn’t usually gloss over the gritty truths of the drug trade, so how did Walt slip its grasp so easily? But Gilligan, according to TV Line, reveals he believes Walt is sincere,
“We can either take him at his word or not — he is of course infamous for being one of the world’s greatest liars — but I tend to believe, personally, that he was telling [Skyler] the truth when he told her that. We’re still working out the final eight episodes [to air next summer on AMC], and my writers and I still don’t know how it’s all going to quite lay out…. But it’s looking like he’s out of the business, for sure.”
...For anyone concerned that Jesse also being “out” and Walt settling his debt with him means less Aaron Paul, Gilligan soothes our fears:
“He’s going to have plenty to do. It would not be the same show without Jesse Pinkman on it and Aaron’s wonderful contributions…. He’s still got a lot of stuff to do yet.”
(Like magnets, bitch! How do they work?)
So in other words … we’ll find out next year. Gilligan was also tight-lipped about Walt’s cancer diagnosis, but does say that Walt’s doctor’s visit is no red herring — everything on the show is deliberate.
Finally, when asked about any pressure he feels about the series finale, Gilligan responded,
“There’s no way to please everybody. In fact, the most dangerous thing is to try to come up with that ending that pleases the widest swath of people. Emotionally speaking, it’s ****ing anvils hanging over us! It’s like the idea that the last batter to get struck out is to blame for the team’s entire loss. So yes, the ending will be judged with more scrutiny than any of the 61 episodes that come before it.”
Somehow though, I’m not worried.