Breaking Bad, the American crime drama television series is created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The setting is done in New Mexico and tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an underpaid, overqualified, and dispirited high-school chemistry teacher who is suffering from stage-three lung cancer. With his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), he took to the world of crime as a crystal meth distributor to secure his family’s financial future before he dies.
The show started airing on AMC on January 20, 2008. It consisted of five seasons with a total of 62 episodes. With the prequel series coming to an end, the creator of the series has expressed his desire to not renew the franchise again.
Vince Gilligan does not want to continue the Breaking Bad franchise
Better Call Saul, a prequel series of Breaking Bad aired on AMC on February 8, 2015, and is currently airing its sixth and final season, featuring Bob Odenkirk, Banks, and Esposito reprising their Breaking Bad roles, as well as many others in guest appearances.
At the Television Critics Association 2022 summer press tour, Gould and Vince Gilligan said that they didn’t want to continue the Breaking Bad universe anymore although they didn’t deny the possibility of coming back together either. He said that he is happy with the results but one should know when to stop.
“We probably pushed it doing a spinoff of ‘Breaking Bad.’ I could not be more happy with the results, and then I did ‘El Camino’ [a ‘Breaking Bad’ sequel film], and I’m very proud of that, but… you better know when to leave the party.”
He further says that he wants to prove that he is not a “one-trick pony”. He wants to prove that he can explore and create some different stories too. He also said that he loves the cast and wants to again work with them but in a different universe.
“So I don’t have any plans right now to do anything more in this universe,” I know I was asked at the end of ‘Breaking Bad’ and I gave the same answer. I gotta prove to myself that I’m not a one-trick pony. I love working with these people — I want to keep the band together no matter what, but with a different universe.”
On the other hand, Peter Gould, the producer of Breaking Bad, is more open to the idea of doing another project within the Breaking Bad world.
“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of the work, but like Vince, I think there are some other things I want to try. Having said that, I love Albuquerque. I love Bob Odenkirk, I love Rhea Seehorn, I love Vince Gilligan. So we’ll keep as much of the band together, and also, never say never. Who knows how we’re going to feel in a couple of years?”
Bob Odenkirk sharing his thoughts regarding Better Call Saul said that he didn’t expect such a positive response from the audience as well as from the critics. He thanked them for being sensitive towards the series.
“I’m so used to getting knocked down in Hollywood that you don’t even worry about people watching it and judging it.”
“The critics and the audience, right away, were like, ‘Okay, they’re doing something interesting here.’ And I did not expect that. I give all the credit to the audience and the critics for being sensitive and paying attention. But also, I give credit to Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who didn’t have ‘Breaking Bad’ run until you were exhausted by it.”
The AMC boss Dan McDermott wants Breaking Bad back
AMC boss Dan McDermott said that he wouldn’t let go of the chance of encouraging Gilligan and Gould for another story in the Breaking Bad universe.
“I can tell you that if I could do anything to encourage Vince Gilligan, and Peter Gould to continue on in this universe, I would do it,” he said, “I think you’d have to ask them, but the door is always open and I long for the day my phone rings and Vince, Peter or our friends at Sony call to say, ‘Hey, I think we have another show set in this universe.’
While some fans are looking forward to the franchise’s potential future, Gilligan for now is not sure about the future and wants to try new things. He wants to come out of his comfort zone. He just doesn’t want to simply keep on expanding the universe without any proper aim or purpose.
The season finale episode of Better Call Saul will be airing on AMC on August 15, 2022.