Bryan Cranston Calls Final Episodes Of Breaking Bad 'Unapologetic & Exciting'
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.20.2013
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In an interview with Radio Times, Bryan Cranston talked about the final two episodes of Breaking Bad. Here are highlights:
On what fans are in store for with the end of the series: "It's exactly what he had hoped for. And my hope was that he would be very satisfied with what he's done. And he is. The ending of Breaking Bad is very unapologetic and exciting. It's a roller coaster ride."
On if fans can still root for Walt: "Here's the thing. Before all is said and done, you will continue to vacillate in your appeal and sympathy toward him and your absolute anger toward him. This is a tragedy. We're talking about a Shakespearean novel. This is about the downfall of man. The thing that affects people when they're watching a tragedy whether it's Shakespeare or contemporary is that the potential of the human being was there and it didn't work out. If we're introduced to a character that's despicable and they continue their despicable nature, we don't sense that as a tragedy because we hated them from the beginning. They're just the villain.
The tragedy comes in when it's like, "If only, if only." They could have been in love or she would've seen that he wasn't that way. That' a tragedy. It's the disappointment in the human spirit, and that's the effect on the audience. It's King Lear. I think some will feel that, and yet what is the price that he paid? The splintering of a family and disintegration of a great king and a man to resemble a shadow of himself. I think that's what makes it. He didn't apologize, Shakespeare didn't apologize. I daresay that Vince Gilligan is a contemporary Shakespearean author. I can't deny that. Shakespeare wrote from what he knew, just like everybody. He was infatuated with certain cultures, especially Italian cultures. It was a very romantic thing to write about. It made everyone get wanderlust from Verona to Venice about all these people traveling and relationships whether it was a comedy or tragedy."
On when he realized the show was special: "I knew we had a good script and a great story. I just didn't know how it was going to play or if anybody would feel a sense of sympathy and pulling for this character despite his actions. When I saw the pilot I realized that this was special. But then again, I've been in the business for a long time and you need to protect yourself. You celebrate that. If it goes beyond that and they want to try to make this a series, you still need a tremendous amount of luck. We did get the luck and the support from our studio Sony and our network AMC. Without that, I don't think we'd be talking right now."