Since last summer, we've all been coping with major withdrawal, but there's good news on the horizon: AMC's beloved Breaking Bad will return for its final season in just two short months. But, of course, that's likely bad news for TV's most anti of anti-heroes, high school chemistry teacher-turned-menacing drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
Especially after seeing the series' new teaser campaign, which promises viewers that "All bad things must come to an end." So does that spell the end for Heisenberg himself?
It would be easy to assume so… had series creator Vince Gilligan not told New York Magazine that Breaking Bad's end "is a victory for Walt. You might see the episode and say, 'What the fuck was he talking about?' But it's a somewhat happy ending, in my estimation."
Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that Walt won't meet his maker at the end of the series. And there's also plenty more "bad" in Breaking Bad. So what "bad" thing could AMC be referring to?
The obvious answer? Walter White is the "bad." After all, he's murdered, poisoned children, and made the cardinal sin of throwing a perfectly good pizza away on the roof. It's long been purposed that Walt — a man who was threatened by terminal cancer in Episode 1 — wouldn't survive the series, and pill-popping flashbacks last season seem to indicate Walt's disease could be back. So perhaps Breaking Bad's baddest of bad things will end in a hospital bed. Or, of course, before he even gets the chance to get to the hospital bed — Walt could be killed by any number of folks he's wronged: Jesse Pinkman, Jane's father Donald, or even school janitor Hugo Archuleta.
As bad as Walt is, his chosen career — meth and murdering — could be considered even worse. And it wouldn't be surprising to see his role as drug kingpin coming to an end. After all, it is difficult to cook the best of the blue stuff when you're on the run from your brother-in-law police officer.
In the past five seasons, Walt and Skyler's (Anna Gunn) marriage has blown up like a Hector Salamanca hotel suite. Pancakes has been replaced by peddling meth, and sex has been replaced by sexual assault. And Skyler's involvement in Walt's career has only made things worse — not only has their marriage become as cold as blue ice, but a suicide attempt has also dampened their relationship.
Walt Jr.'s Breakfast
Breaking Bad's most annoying character has to accept he's become too old for pancakes every morning.