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'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Aiming For 'Casablanca'-Esque Series Finale, Says It Will Be "Polarizing"

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 3, 2013 at 1:25PM

It all comes to an end in 2013. The second half of the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" will air this summer, putting an end to the meth-fueled adventures of Walt and Jesse, played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in career-defining performances. And creator, writer and executive producer Vince Gilligan promises the ending won't be one you'll want to miss, and it's likely to have everyone talking.
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It all comes to an end in 2013. The second half of the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" will air this summer, putting an end to the meth-fueled adventures of Walt and Jesse, played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in career-defining performances. And creator, writer and executive producer Vince Gilligan promises the ending won't be one you'll want to miss, and it's likely to have everyone talking.

“It’s going to be polarizing no matter how you slice it,” Gilligan told Vulture, “but you don’t want 10 percent to say it was great and 90 percent to say it sucked ass. You want those numbers to be reversed.” Of course, we won't know what exactly is going to happen until the episode airs, but according to Gilligan, he's aiming for a kind of bittersweet finale, not unlike one that was stamped on one of the greatest classic movies of all time -- "Casablanca."

“No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn’t get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn’t get her because he has to save the free world. What better ending is there than that?” Gilligan said about the "pretty perfect" finale of the film. “I’m not saying we’re going to approach that or reach in that direction. Our story doesn’t line up [with 'Casablanca']. But we’re looking for that kind of satisfaction.”

But the elephant in the room is whether or not Walt will truly get away with it, or finally pay for all the breaking bad that he's done. And *spoiler* Gilligan is pretty clear on this point. “Not at all, really,” he said. “I’m very cornball in my own view of the world. It just makes sense to me that bad people should get punished and good people should be rewarded. I know it doesn’t work like that in real life, but there’s always that yearning.” 

How do you want to see it end? Let us know below. "Breaking Bad" returns later this year.

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