There are not many shows that continue to have you talking months after their series finales airs, but that’s the thing about “Breaking Bad“: This is not your ordinary show by any means. It’s one that will go down in our books as one of the top five best dramas in history, and one of the few that was truly great from start to finish.
Since you’re still reading, we’re going to just assume that you know what happens at the end of the series finale, and are prepared to push forward and find out more news concerning what Vince Gilligan thinks about the ending for Aaron Paul and his character of Jesse Pinkman. Did he really survive? We saw him escape the compound, and that was really enough for us to want to believe as viewers that he is going to go on and find his redemption somewhere.
Based on what creator Vince Gilligan told GQ, he obviously wants us to feel that way. He wants the same thing for his character:
“My personal feeling is that he got away … The way I see it is that he got away and got to Alaska, changed his name, and had a new life.You want that for the kid. He deserves it.”
Of course, Gilligan also did realize that in real life, there is probably a different sort of ending that would befall the character based on all of the terrible stuff that he was involved in even without the name Heisenberg attached to him:
“But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kid’s fingerprints all over this lab, and they’re going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents.”
So in the end, the nice thing about the way in which Gilligan chose to end the story with Jesse is that he left it open for viewers to decide what they want. If they want him to live, he can in their mind. Meanwhile, others will probably just kill him off.
At least we know that there is a possibility that Aaron Paul could surface at some point in flashbacks for the upcoming “Better Call Saul” series, which should film at some point in 2014.