The countdown for the very last episode began earlier in the day after Aaron Paul took to Twitter to write, “Let’s do this bitch!!! Get ready everyone for some madness.”
Bryan Cranston also couldn’t remain mum of the final as well. He twitted, “Well, this is it. The last episode ever of Breaking Bad. Thank you for sharing this ride with me. Without you we never would have lasted.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly before the release of the final episode, Paul said of the series: “There were thoughts I had that maybe Walt will be the only one standing.”
“I love that toward the end, Walt’s there to go on a suicide mission and blow everyone up, including Jesse, but he sees what they have put him through. His hair’s super long, he’s vacant.”
He went on, adding: “There’s not a soul in him anymore, and [Walt] decides that he deserves a second chance, so he dives on him. He throws himself in front a bullet for him — and it’s kind of beautiful.”
The actor adds with a chuckle: “It’s good that Walt got his, because he’s an evil, evil man, and he needed to go.”
Cranston, meanwhile, feels that Gilligan and his writers crafted both a “very satisfying” and ”unapologetic” finish to this unforgiving story.
“It’s fitting. It’s complete,” he said. “When I see Jesse, this involuntary sense comes over me,” he added of Walt.
“He’s been treated like a dog – like a beaten dog — and it just shocks me, and impulsively I protect him. He’s going off into the sunset. It’s fitting that the man who was so put upon and mistreated has a chance. And I like how it ends, because it’s not like, ‘Oh, he’s got the money.’ No. He’s just got his life, so he has a chance – just a chance.”
When speaking of numerous death in the last episode, the actor noted: ‘Oh, they killed the good guys!’ Tragedy is when the bad guys are sympathized, when you realize that it could have gone another way.”
“There was hope for them at one time. Macbeth! Oh! In its truest sense, our story is a tragedy — an American tragedy. It’s not ‘good conquers evil,’ it’s not ‘good guys against the bad guys,’ it’s much muddier than that. Shades of gray.”
And while Cranston called it “bittersweet,” he admitted it was the right time for Breaking Bad and Walter’s journey to come to an end.
“You know that you’re proud that you’ve come to a close, almost like an athlete that wants to finish on top as opposed to letting it go on for a year or two more,” Cranston said. “Vince Gilligan, our writer, finished at just the right time.”
The Emmy winner had previously said of the series finale. “The ending is perfect. Unapologetic. It is perfect Breaking Bad.”