Vince Gilligan Reveals 5 Alternate ‘Breaking Bad’ Endings

It could have been a lot more bleak

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Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan shared five alternate endings to the hit show during the Breaking Bad Insider Podcast on Tuesday. Here’s how he said the Sunday’s finale could have ended.

1. Walter White Turns Rambo

“Our original version was that Walt would use [the machine gun] somewhat in Rambo fashion. … [But] that felt wrong for Walt to go out brawn over brain, go out like Rambo. Walt on his best day was never Rambo.”

2. Walter White Turns Cop-Killer

“We thought, gee, is it too obvious he’d use [the machine gun] on a bunch of bad guys? … So we had versions that we talked about for instance where the police come and get him. He uses it on the police. But we didn’t like that. It just didn’t seem right.”

3. Walter White Turns Jail-Breaker

“We had a version where he goes and break Jesse out of jail just as the Nazis were gonna knock Jesse off in jail, and he comes in an uses the M60 to lay waste to an entire prison or prison bus.”

4. Skyler White Turns Suicidal

“I was leaning toward that and the other writers were like, that’s a bridge too far. … We talked about a possible version where Skyler and Walt are tied up at a Motel 6 kind of place and he’s talking to her in a bathroom saying, ‘It’s going to be alright. … I’ve got a plan. Skyler? Skyler?’ And he finally forced the door ope and she’s in a bloody tub or something like that.”

5. Jesse Dies, Then Walt Jr. Dies

Gilligan toyed with this idea before even filming the first season: Basically, Jesse is killed by a drug dealer and to get revenge, Walter shackles the drug dealer in a basement and tortures him. Walt sets up a shotgun trip wire in the hopes that the drug dealer will kill himself. Walter Jr. finds the drug dealer and tries to give him water, and the drug dealer uses the tripwire to kill them both.

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chillydogg1
chillydogg1

I don't care how they got there I just wanted Walt to totally get away with it.

PhilipCepekeski
PhilipCepekeski

They should have had Walt live.  Had him had the rich couple pays 10 million to his family like he wanted but it should have been the companies money and he should have told them this is my cut for you pushing me out.  Then after he killed the nazis and freed Jessie Walt leaves a death note and blows up the meth lab.  Having found a stash mega pounds of blue meth the DEA ultimate concludes Walt went out in a blaze of glory.  But really having gotten the info on where the rest of his money is he buys his way out of the country.  Flash forward and we see Walt is living well, his cancer once again in remission.  He gets a call from a man who he pays to keep an eye on his family.  We hear his son has received the endowment and his family is doing well.   Flash forward again, and we see his daughter graduating from college (possibly Havard) and Walt is in the back of the audience standing looking on as his daughter gets her degree.  Skylar sees Walt at the back of crowd and there is a pause as she looks at him then she smiles and in that moment we know that all that he did all that he went through wasn't for nothing.  Walt smiles, and you see him put on the hat and turn and walk away.  Baby blue plays as this all happens.  Giving the song multiple meanings.  His daughter, his family and the life the meth gave them.  Now that is a very different ending.  Bad guy lives and succeeds.  Not the cliche bad guy dies 



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KneeoYiin
KneeoYiin

I would've liked Walt to go to Jack's base with the explosive chemical compound (condensed mercury?) that he used against Tuco in the earlier season. He pretends that this is the new non-mentholyn based crystal meth and he was going to teach how to cook it for a cost. As soon as he gets into the clubhouse, Jack would let him know that he has no intentions of learning the new cook method, then BOOM, Walt smashes it on the ground subsequently suicide bombs the entire place killing himself and all of Jack's crew. The cops then come afterwards and rescue Jesse from the dungeon. 

scott.frix
scott.frix

I figured Jesse for life without parole, because Gilligan just loved torturing that character.

I also thought Walt was going to go postal, go for revenge.

ChristopherK.Young
ChristopherK.Young

I thought Walt was going to shoot up Grey Matter and leave a posthumous note telling Jessie where to find his loot.


PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

Wow these are terrible endings. I had Walt killed by jesse. Fast forward one year later and Walter Jr kills Jesse and the Nazi gang. Show ends with Walter Jr putting on the black hat. Goes to black. The end.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@PhilipCepekeski Vince never understood people like you.  At one point during the second half of S5, the host of Talking Bad quoted him as saying he couldn't belive there was even one person still on Team Walt.  The guy who created the show didn't even like Walt!!

Zee2013
Zee2013

@PhilipCepekeski Brilliant idea. I would have liked this ending. I felt the ending did not do justice to Walt White.

ShadytheBeetle
ShadytheBeetle

@PhilipCepekeski That was terrible. Walt was never meant to live and succeed. His life was meant to crumble down on him. it also seems off considering the path the show was at that point. His relationship with his family is now ruined, their life is ruined. Him having a happy ending is pretty off. The best he could have was bitter sweet. Also bad guy lives and succeeds is common as well. That and Walt wasn't really a bad guy at the end.

JoeThePimpernel
JoeThePimpernel

@KneeoYiin - I like that. The robot machine gun was cool, but you don't cobble something like that together without testing it and have it work perfectly. In the real world the thing would have fired harmlessly into the air, or not fired at all. And some four-year old girl would have ingested the ricin-laced Stevia.