Walter White is gone, so get over it.
After years of speculation, “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan finally confirmed the fate of Bryan Cranston’s beloved character ahead of the Netflix release of the spinoff film “El Camino,” this week.
For some fans, the 2013 series finale was somewhat enigmatic. With Heisenberg (née Mr. White) bleeding on the floor, having sustained a gunshot wound and swarmed by police, countless fans have dedicated threads and discussion boards over whether the show’s antihero protagonist made it out in one piece.
Speculation was further fueled when Cranston posited that “maybe Walter White did get away with it” during a cast reunion at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018.
“Was there a coroner’s report? No. Was there a listing in the obituaries? No,” Cranston said.
But Gilligan shut down rumors that Walt is still alive on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week, ahead of the movie’s premiere on Netflix.
“Yeah, I’m gonna give you that one, Rich, because I love you so much,” he said during the interview. “Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes.”
Gilligan’s reveal marked a long-awaited confirmation for fans who believed that it wasn’t the end for Walter White. In 2013, Gilligan hosted a Reddit AMA but was much more elusive about the ending years later when fans asked if Walter White was dead.
“Sure looked that way to me!” he said at the time.
But when asked if Cranston will reprise his character for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which picks up right where the show left off and follows Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Gilligan stuttered until Eisen moved on.
The continuation film reportedly has a top-secret cameo played by an undisclosed “key cast member” who is said to have used “a private jet to shuttle in and out of Albuquerque, NM, without notice.”
Cranston alluded that his character could make a cameo in the film in some capacity during a June interview with Entertainment Tonight, and also confirmed his character is deceased.
“It could be! Could be [in] a flashback, or a flash-forward,” he said. “I’m still dead, Walter White, I don’t know what [could happen.]”
Meanwhile, fellow cast member Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut, spilled that his character will be in “El Camino” despite being killed off on the show.
“Yes. They’ll hit me in the head for saying this, but yes,” Banks confirmed to ET Canada. “Why not? None of those guys hit very hard anyway.”
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