Bryan Cranston’s “Breaking Bad” career may be far from over if you believe a cryptic remark the actor, who portrayed the enormously popular character Walter White, said recently in an interview.
In a May 30, 2014 article by CNN, it was reported that Ashleigh Banfield spoke with 58-year-old Bryan Cranston about the “Breaking Bad” finale and speculated that Walter White might still be alive. Banfield theorized, “That final scene, that final image … I wasn’t so sure that you died. I really wasn’t. Your eyes were open and I thought, ‘What if the police just take him into custody, he gets better, breaks out and just goes nuts?'”
Could it be true? The series ended with White supposedly dead, but with a little imagination, it wouldn’t be so difficult to imagine him making a complete recovery. Would it?
Although Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” could easily have set Banfield’s theory to rest, he chose instead to offer her this little nugget: “You never saw a [body] bag zip up or anything.” His comment prompted Banfield to ask him point blank whether Walter White was really dead to which Cranston replied, “I don’t know.” If the twice-married actor who portrayed Walter White doesn’t know whether the character is really dead, then who knows?
Banfield further stirred the pot by asking, “No movie? No nothing? No Walter White ever again?”
Bryan Cranston’s answer: “Never say never.” Indeed.
According to New York Daily News, the actor may have been “teasing an appearance” on the “Breaking Bad” sequel, “Better Call Saul.”
Of course, he could have just been humoring Ashleigh Banfield without realizing how much excitement his comments would incite. What do you think? Is Walter White alive?
Fun fact: Bryan Cranston had a recurring role on television’s “Seinfeld” playing a dentist with a less-than-stellar reputation named Tim Whatley. In one episode of the series, it was implied that Cranston’s character may have sexually molested Jerry Seinfeld during a dental procedure. In another episode, he converted to Judaism in order to tell antisemitic jokes.
“Breaking Bad” ran from 2008 to 2013. Rest in peace, Walter White. Maybe.