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'Breaking Bad': A final 'victory' for Walter White?

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, right, and Aaron

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, right, and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad." Photo Credit: AP

There is a most excellent bit of "Breaking Bad" finale bait at at the moment, in which "BB" creator Vince Gilligan notes that the end represents "something of a victory" for Walter White-Bryan Cranston. 

Meaning ... he survives for the movie? Or for the 2023 Netflix "Breaking Bad Returns!" 10-episode binge bust revival? 

What? Ah, there's the rub. Can there be victory in death? ("...death be not proud.") Vince doesn't elaborate. The full quote:

“We worked long and hard to ensure that these final eight — and, in fact, the very last episode — would satisfy an audience,” he says. “I am guardedly optimistic that we have achieved just that. And furthermore, trying to be as coy as possible, trying to give away as little as possible, I feel like this ending represents on some level, however small, something of a victory for Walter White. Read into that what you will. And try to be as open-minded as possible when you watch this episode, because it may not indeed feel like a victory. Or maybe it will. … I feel good about where it all ended up, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”

"Breaking Bad" returns for the final eight Aug. 11, and -- sigh -- wraps maybe for good Sept. 29.


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