Breaking Bad Faces A Terminal Future

May 21, 2010 by  
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Breaking Bad looks set to break with tradition by determining its own expiration date. Long running American dramas tend to aspire to immortality but Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has other ideas.

Gilligan has expressed his desire to establish an end date for the show in order to maintain the quality of writing. Justifiably concerned about the show tailing off without a solid conclusion in mind the writer, director and producer said: “If we knew when the show were to end, I think it would make for a better series finale because our writers could write for a specific idea. My hope for the future is to know exactly how long we have left.”

He elaborated further claiming: “If you think about it, it’s sort of like Walter White’s situation upon learning that he has terminal cancer, the blast of clarity that he receives learning how long he has left. A similar blast of clarity would help my writers and I do our jobs better. That would be my wish going forward in the future.”