The question on everyone’s mind as Breaking Bad nears its conclusion is: Will Walter White survive? A New YorkTimes Talk with the cast of the acclaimed drama and its creator Vince Gilligan previewed what’s in store for the final eight episodes. Star Bryan Cranston obviously didn’t reveal Walt’s fate, but he did speculate on whether his character deserves to die.
“I think there’s a good case for that, that maybe that’s the fitful end,” Cranston said. “And yet, what if the thing he wanted the most, which was the togetherness of his family, what if he lived and they didn’t? Wouldn’t that be a worse hell to be in?”
But the whole conversation wasn’t as dark. There was also discussion of the theory that the series will end with Walt being placed into witness protection with a new family, making the whole show a prequel to Cranston’s former series, Malcolm in the Middle.
“That may not be as far fetched as you imagine,” Cranston teased.
Whatever Breaking Bad‘s true endgame is, we’ll find out when the final episodes begin to air on Aug. 11.