The series finale of “Breaking Bad” brought Walter White’s story to a conclusive end Sunday night, but how the last eight episodes would actually unfold was not always a foregone conclusion. As series creator Vince Gilligan explained in this week’s “Breaking Bad” insider podcast, the show’s writing staff considered about a “thousand different alternate versions” of Walt’s journey.
When the show’s creative team sat down to write the final episodes, it knew Walt was ultimately going to die. That outcome was baked in, so to speak.
“It’s implicit to me in the promise of that first episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ is that he’s not going to survive ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” Gilligan said. “It just felt right that we saw his demise.”
Beyond that, however, little was set in stone. Creative team members had a few basic building blocks, established in the flash-forward of Walt in the first episode of Season 5, “Live Free or Die”: He would at some point relocate to New Hampshire, then return to New Mexico under an assumed identity to buy an M-60 machine gun from a dealer at a Denny’s.