Were you one of the millions of fans of the AMC juggernaut Breaking Bad who watched the show between January 20, 2008 and September 29, 2013? Or maybe you were a latecomer and just binge-watched the living hell out of all 62 episodes in record time like I did. Either way, we all have one thing in common: WHY DID IT HAVE TO END?!
I mean, five seasons? That’s all we get? The show was still as good in season five as it was at any point during its incredible award-winning run.
The show literally didn’t have one season where you went, “I think they’ve run out of ideas.” So why not squeeze a couple dozen more shows out of it? Why, Vince, why?
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan finally admitted to why he decided to ruin the fun for thousands of people and his reason is actually kind of humorous in its timing.
“I pushed harder than anyone for it to end when it did,” Gilligan told press including Digital Spy.
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“Y’know, as someone making money on the show, in very crass, basic terms, I would have loved for it to go on forever. But I had worked on The X-Files for years before that, which was a wonderful job. I loved it.
“I was such a fan of the show when I got involved, and I had such a good time being a writer on it. For seven years, I was on it.
“Then suddenly, I looked up one day, and realised that everybody else was watching something else entirely. I learned at that point: you don’t want to leave the party too late. You want to leave folks wanting more.”
Oh, you mean The X-Files that just returned for two pretty mediocre seasons after being off the air for almost 14 years? That show, Vince? Hmmm… you may have a point.
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“I was very anxious about the idea of folks suddenly moving on, and saying, ‘Is that show still on the air? I used to watch it. It used to be good.’
“I’d wanted folks rather to say, ‘Don’t end it now!’ That’s what I wanted, and that’s what we got, thank goodness. So it was me as much as anybody who said, ‘I want to leave the stage at a high point, and not go past the high point.’
Of course, the folks at Sony expressed a keen desire to keep Breaking Bad rolling, but they eventually acquiesced to Gilligan’s wishes.
Oh well, at least we still have Better Call Saul. That’s better than nothing, I guess.
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