Look away now if you don't want to read major "Breaking Bad" spoilers.
When "Breaking Bad" ended with Jesse (Aaron Paul) riding off into the sunset (meth-aphorically speaking) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) dying in a meth lab, fans of the show were happy.
Totally Kafkaesque, right?
Unlike some other notable finales (we're looking at you, "Sopranos"), the show had a definitive end and gave some closure to all those Breaking Baddicts out there.
Hey, who turned the lights out?
But that closure didn't come easy for the writers. Showrunner Vince Gilligan recently had an interview with Entertainment Weekly where he went into the details of how the show got to the finale that aired and some other endings that almost happened.
"We had so many versions of the ending, and we really had boxed ourselves into a certain number of corners well in advance of the ending. Out of cockiness or stupidity, 16 episodes from the end, we had Walter White show up in a beard, long hair, and a new set of glasses, buying an M60 machine gun in a Denny’s parking lot. We didn’t really know how we were going to get to that story point — we didn’t even know what that meant or what Walt was going to use that machine gun for. So that was kind of ill-advised."
"We had an idea for the longest time that Walt was going to break into the downtown jail in Albuquerque and just shoot the s— out of the jail with this M60 machine gun and rescue Jesse. Of course, we kept asking ourselves, 'Well, how bad is Walt going to be at the end here?' Is he going to kill a bunch of upstanding, law-abiding jail guards? What the hell kind of ending is that?”
This ending sucks!
Gilligan went on to tell EW that the writers had a lot of crazy ideas that helped lead to the final ending.
We got it! Almost there! ...
Some of the ending ideas included Walter White shooting up an entire prison bus in order to save Jesse ...
Killing off Saul ...
Did someone call me?
And even having a bloodbath where every major character dies.
"Damn, that's a cold ass honkey." - Macklemore
(If you still haven't had enough "Breaking Bad," watch the "Malcolm in the Middle" alternate ending.)