Guys check out MSN's interview with Vince Gilligan (copy and pasted):
- How far along are you with the sequel to Breaking Bad?
That's a good question. I'm working with a man named Peter Gould who is one of my excellent writers from Breaking Bad. He created the character of Saul Goodman back in season two. He and I are working on the spin-off.
We've come up with some ideas for the series, but we've not written a script yet. We're waiting to see what Sony and AMC come up with if they're interested.
- If? Surely that's an understatement?
[Laughs] I think they are interested. I just don't want to speak for them. I'm someone who's learned from 20 years in the business not to count my chickens before they hatch.
I try to be very cautious in any pronouncements, but I can say that the companies we work for seem very interested and we're very keen so I'm keeping the happy thought that it happens.
- What is it about Saul that makes him perfect for a spin-off?
The short answer is Saul is a whole lot of fun to write for. We love all our actors; if it simply came down to which wonderful actor would we prefer to work with again, the answer is all of them. But putting words in Saul Goodman's mouth is a great joy. We feel we would have a lot of fun telling his story.
- What particular quality of Breaking Bad makes you most proud?
Everything. But a lot of the storytelling on Breaking Bad is not dialogue centred. Some of our finest moments of writing and of storytelling are the moments between the words, between the lines of dialogue, the non-verbal storytelling. Those are some of the moments we're most proud of throughout the life of the series.
- Breaking Bad wasn't a hit on TV here, but now it's become a phenomenon. How do you feel about its reception in the UK?
I'm astounded at Breaking Bad's reception everywhere. I'm so grateful for the very fact that I'm here in London meeting so many folks like yourself who enjoy the show. I'm grateful when I come across it in the US as well.
When you come up with a story and a character you want to write about, you hope for the best. But it's tricky and it's not necessarily productive to look too far ahead. My actors and my writers just tried to tell the best story we could tell and not think too much about the potential outcome.
Suddenly lifting our collective heads a few years later and realising that people are actually paying attention and the show is being critically acclaimed and written about - first in the US and now in the UK and Europe and all over the world - is mind-boggling. It's a wonderful feeling.
- The Breaking Bad memes, parodies, videos - do you have a favourite? Do you watch them?
I watch every one that I get sent - and I get sent a lot. My mom sends them to me and my uncle. It's hard to pick because every new one I see becomes my favourite. But a recent one that stands out is the middle school production of Breaking Bad. That is wonderful. I love that.
There's a Lego video game version that I thought was fantastic. I wish there was a way to collect all of them on a special DVD-disc that we would include on the DVD releases.
- Fans care about Walt and Jesse's fate - and you know that - so did you wimp-out when it came to the series finale? Or did you stay true to the course you've set yourself?
I think we stayed true. I love meeting fans and talking to them, I'd be lying if I said I didn't, but I draw the line when it comes to looking up the show or myself on the internet. It's a rabbit hole I personally would disappear down and never return from.
The internet is where you can find a great deal of opinion about how things should go, how they may go, and I studiously stay away from those places because I fear it would affect my thinking, it would affect my work ethic and it would colour, even unconsciously, the direction I would otherwise take the show.
My writers and I spent as much time as possible coming up with the ending. As the first fans of the show, we would try to satisfy ourselves. But having said that, it was a hard job.
We worked at it for the better part of a year or more, coming up with the final 16 episodes, and there were some dark days when I thought we were not going to accomplish what we'd set out to accomplish, which is to say I was afraid we were not going to end it in a truly satisfying fashion, but I feel very good about it.
I will be very sad and disappointed if the majority of fans don't agree - I will feel I have failed them.
Some people will not be pleased with the finale because everyone has in mind their Platonic-perfect of how the show should end. I don't know if our Platonic-perfect - or rather, as close as we could get to it - will necessarily be what everyone saw in their mind's eye.
But I have to believe that the ending is consistent with the logic and the emotion of the series and that people will be satisfied by it. I know we are and that's a good starting place.
Thought I'd share.