SPOILERS: 'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan: 'The Gloves Are Off'
If you're a fan of Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt and Bob Odenkirk, chances are you're not the delicate type, but get ready — things could get a whole lot worse in the two-part final season (broken up into eight episodes this summer and eight episodes next summer) of the hit AMC show that returns for its fifth season premiere on Sunday night, reveals creator Vince Gilligan.
"The gloves are off," Gilligan recently told USA Today in a revealing interview about how he would make Breaking Bad go out with a bang, leading many to raise the question — how dark can Gilligan get with his characters Walter White (Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Paul)?
"Honestly, it surprises me to hear people say they love Walt," Gilligan admitted to the paper. "I don't like Walt as a human being. I pretty much lost sympathy for him long ago. He's a damaged individual."
Even more to the point, "he's not the kind to say: 'That was a close call. I'm out,'" Cranston said about his character. "Walt has changed so drastically over the years."
But one thing is for sure — the self-identified "control freak" Gilligan has very specific arcs for his beloved Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, which becomes even easier to map out now that there are a definite 16 episodes remaining. "More than ever, we can let Walter White get as dark as he could possibly get," said Gilligan.
As for Jesse, he will "prove he's as good as Walt at cooking," said Paul. "His ideas are better." And as for what will happen to Walt and Jesse's relationship, Paul only reveals that it will be satisfying.
"As the seasons progressed, I know some people turned their backs on Mr. White. He's ruthless and can be frightening. But I can say for certain that the fans are not going to be disappointed. The only depressing part is every time you finish an episode, you know that's one less you're ever going to do."
Watch the season five premiere of Breaking Bad Sunday night at 10 p.m. EST on AMC.
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