On September 29, 2013, Breaking Bad aired its series finale, bringing what critics and audiences considered one of the greatest television shows ever created to an end. One decade (and six days later), Vince Gilligan has closed the door on the Breaking Bad universe for good, and has since dived into his latest project, a sci-fi, Twilight Zone-styled concept.
The project is an entire world away from the awkward, bumbling kingpins and crooked lawyers from the streets of New Mexico. Gilligan has, however, suggested that if all else failed, and that’s a big if, “doing something” connected to Breaking Bad “in the future.”
“To be brutally honest, if I get my ass handed to me with this next show and the one after that, and nobody wants to see it and everybody wants “Breaking Bad,” who knows! Maybe we’ll see our way clearer to doing something in the future,” the former X-Files writer explained in an interview with Variety.
“But what I’d like to do is leave it be. It’s the work of my lifetime — “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” — it’ll be the first thing engraved on my tombstone, and I couldn’t be more proud of it.”
Gilligan said he has considered whether “there are further stories to tell” within the Breaking Bad universe. “And I kind of wonder if there are further stories to tell, but I don’t want to beat a dead horse,” he said. “I’d hate to see that happen with this. I’d rather err on the side of leaving the party too soon than too late. But never say never. That’s just how I feel right now, but who knows down the line.”
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul can be streamed on Netflix in the UK. Rhea Seehorn, recently reflected on her role as Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul and whether she would ever return to the character. “I hope one day there’s an occasion to revisit these characters.”