Vince Gilligan created the Breaking Bad universe with two characters at the front – Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman. These two characters were then joined by various others, and over the years, a single show had taken the form of a whole universe.
The Breaking Bad Universe
After the conclusion of the Breaking Bad TV show, we got a spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk as lawyer Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul. There was even a movie in between – El Camino, with Arron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman at the center of it. But now, it seems like we are finally at the end of the rope.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the creator of the Breaking Bad universe, Vince Gilligan spoke of how after the final episode of Better Call Saul gets aired next week, it might finally be the end. Gilligan said, after all these years, he is finally ready to take a break from this and move on to something new.
“I can definitely imagine revisiting it. Selfishly, I’d like to do so, to keep this thing going. But without naming any names, I look around at some of the worlds, the universes, the stories that I love, whether they’re on TV or in the movies. And I think there’s a certain point, and it’s hard to define, where you’ve done too much in the same universe. Just leave it alone.”
The Better Call Saul co-creator said that though he might revisit this world someday, for now, this is goodbye. There are many such shows or movie franchises, that keep going even after things go bad, and Gilligan does not want the same to happen to his stories. Ending it on a good note is much more important than trying to drag something to a point beyond.
Better Call Saul Comes to an End
Although he is part of the team, Gilligan has not been inside a writer’s room for a while now. But for the final episode of the show, he came back as both the writer and the director. In the same interview, he said:
“I should say that it had been a couple of years since I’d been in the writer’s room before this season.” But when asked if this was harder than what it was during Breaking Bad, he said, “I mean, it’s always tough. But it seemed like it was harder in the early going.”
For Gilligan, it hasn’t yet hit that this might be the final nail to the Breaking Bad universe coffin. But he still doesn’t go all in with the nail, as he thinks there might come a time in the future where he will come back to explore a new page from this old book.
“Some universes are much bigger and more elastic. Ours is a very small one, Albuquerque, New Mexico, versus some of these worlds and series of movies and TV shows. The main thing I’m scared of is becoming too much of a one-trick pony. Yes, I could do more with this universe. And maybe someday I will, especially if I fail at everything that comes next. Then I’ll come crawling back. But right now, whether there’s more room to grow or not — and there probably is — I feel like it’s time to do something new.”
With the cast of Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton, and Giancarlo Esposito, the show, and probably this whole fictional world, is saying goodbye to its audience after six long seasons next week. And if sources are right, we are getting a Walter White-Jesse Pinkman cameo for the finale as well.
The final episode of Better Call Saul will air next Monday, 15th August, on AMC.