“There will be antagonistic relationships aplenty,” the creator and showrunner told Entertainment Weekly recently, adding that the show’s protagonist, meth king Walter White (Bryan Cranston), has “plenty of fight left in him. And he’s got plenty of forces to fight. You met some of them. Others you haven’t.”
Gilligan didn’t drop any spoilers about who Walt will face off against, though we know his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) will be chasing him after he found some damning evidence in Walt’s bathroom.
As for Walt himself, Gilligan hinted that the anti-hero will finally have to grapple with the consequences of his greatest power: his ability to lie, especially to himself. “So in these final eight episodes, perhaps the lies will cease to find traction and the scales will start to fall away from Walt’s eyes,” Gilligan noted. “And when that happens, will Walt really begin to realize who he is? That’s a question that we asked ourselves a lot in the writers’ room this year.”
Though Gilligan pointed out “there will be blood,” the creator is more excited for the season’s many emotional moments. “I have surprised myself at how much story there was left to tell and how quickly we tell it,” Gilligan said. “You need to really settle down on the couch and pay close attention because it’s going to come at you fast and furious in the final eight episodes.”
Some nerves underscore Gilligan’s excitement for Breaking Bad‘s final season, which he hopes will provide fans with a satisfying conclusion. “I am guardedly optimistic that we have achieved just that,” he said. “And furthermore, trying to be as coy as possible, trying to give away as little as possible, I feel like this ending represents on some level, however small, something of a victory for Walter White. Read into that what you will. And try to be as open-minded as possible when you watch this episode, because it may not indeed feel like a victory. Or maybe it will.”