The critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad wraps up its fifth and final season with the last eight episodes this July. Fans will finally get to see how it all ends for Walter White, played by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. But, as it turns out, not even series creator Vince Gilligan knows for sure how it ends, as he is still writing that all-important final episode. Can he avoid that finale episode curse that has been carried through the last moments of everything from Seinfeld to The Sopranos, to Lost? Or will the final episode of Breaking Bad actually live up to the episodes that have come up before it?
We recently had the chance to speak with one of the show's executive producers, Mark Johnson, who offered a few tantalizing teases for the remainder of Season 5. Production is currently winding down on the last few episodes, with series creator Vince Gilligan slated to direct the series finale. But he hasn't quite put the finishing touches on this captivating tale just yet.
"[The final episode] is still being written. (Series creator) Vince Gilligan is going to direct the last one. I'm about to be heartbroken. We completely understand why the show is coming to an end, but I keep saying, 'Why now?' We'll finish shooting in about a month and a half, and we start airing the episodes in July."
One of the biggest mysteries is the opening moments of the Season 5 premiere, "Live Free or Die", where we saw a flash-forward of Walt on his 52nd birthday. When asked when we might get some insight into this strange sequence, the producer couldn't reveal anything more.
"Yeah, needless to say, I can't answer that. Who is that guy? With that license plate, and that driver's license, yeah. I think Vince Gilligan is a genius, and how things have tied together in episodes up until now, has been remarkable."
When asked if the show will feature any flashbacks to past seasons, again, he would not divulge any details.
"I can't really say, I'm sorry. I'd love to, but I'm sorry that I know as much as I do. Forget about executive producing the show, I'm a fan of the series and I just want to sit down and watch it."
The second half of Breaking Bad Season 5 debuts July 14 on AMC.