The tumultuous series finale of Breaking Bad has long been dubbed the “perfect” ending to a series, and now the star of Vince Gilligan’s epic drama, Bryan Cranston, has spoken out with his thoughts on the “satisfying” series close.
“I was content with the end of Breaking Bad. I thought it was the perfect ending,” Cranston, who played drug kingpin Walter White, said of legendary series.
“I know I’m biased, but I don’t recall seeing the ending of a show that was so well-constructed, satisfying and legitimate. Everything just seemed to fall into place so extraordinarily well,” Cranston continued.
“If they start looking at their watch, you’re done. You lost ’em. We want them to go, ‘Holy shit, it’s over? That was an hour? It felt like 20 minutes!’ That’s what you want, and they crave more because it was so well-crafted.”
Cranston also spoke about the show’s spinoff, El Camino, saying he was “so happy” about the project as well as the inlucsion of his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul as the show’s main character.
“I was thrilled that Aaron was able to be number one on the call sheet. He so deserved it and to finish telling his story. I was there to support him and support Vince Gilligan,” Cranston said.
“Aaron and I both say, if he starts to ask a question, we just say, ‘Look, the answer is yes, whatever you’re going to ask. We’ll do whatever.’ He changed our lives. So we’re eternally grateful to him and happy to do it.”
The actor, who also famously starred in Malcolm in the Middle, added that he would love to re-watch the series with someone who has never seen it before just to witness their reaction.
“I would like to watch it again with someone or two or three people who have never seen it,” he said. “It would be fun to see their reaction because I will have forgotten a lot of things, and then when you start watching, you go, ‘Oh, I know what’s going to happen. I’m going to watch my friend get this reaction.’ So I kind of get two shows out of one.”