The stars and creator talked out the motives behind White's transformation.
Fans still have another eight episodes of Breaking Bad to keep them company on cold and lonely nights, but for stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, as well as the rest of the Breaking Bad team, the experience is all but over. Cranston is particularly sad to see it go, because for him, playing the teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White was the experience of a lifetime.
Cranston and Paul celebrated in style at the Breaking Bad premiere party earlier this week.
"Just the notion of trying to take a serialized television series and change this character, (it) has never been done before. I was aghast by that. I wanted this role really bad," Cranston told an audience at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills today,USA Today reports.
Even Walt's iconic white van was present at the event.
Cranston, fellow Emmy Winner Aaron Paul and showrunner Vince Gillian all responded to fan questions and each took the stage to recount his own experience with the expertly crafted TV drama. The eight-episode arc opens with White well and truly transformed into an immoral, lying scheming drug fiend. His story is an extreme example, but Cranston sees it as an example of how anyone can bend or completely abandon their moral code under certain circumstances.
Cranston's character has ungergone a huge transformation.
"I truly believe everybody is capable of good or bad. We are all human beings. We are all given this spectrum of emotions, and depending on your influences and your DNA and your parenting and your education and your social environment, the best of you can come out or the worst of you can come out," he said. "Given the right set of circumstances and dire situations any one of us can become dangerous."
Both actors have been awarded with Emmys for their performances.
Gilligan, on the other hand, isn’t as certain that the character even started out all that good. He said: "A good back and forth could get going over whether or not Walt's road to hell, while paved by good intentions, changed him or whether it revealed things that were already within him," he said. "The more I do the show, the more I subscribe to the latter argument."
Cranston thinks anyone can be Walter White, given the right circumstances.
As for the future of Breaking Bad, the show itself might be coming to an end, but Gilligan expressed hope that he and the team could continue working on a planned spinoff, centered on the character of lawyer Saul Goodman. While Breaking Bad will be missed regardless, here’s hoping those plans come into fruition.
Bob Odenkirk might star in a possible spinoff show.