Breaking Bad Returning With a New Series?

By Jason Collins | Published

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Breaking Bad is often regarded as one of the best television series to ever air and grace the small screens with its moving imagery. It began in 2008 and delivered a gripping narrative that spanned over five seasons, wrapping things up with a pretty shocking ending—which might not be an ending after all. According to Variety, the series creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan teased that there’s a chance for Breaking Bad to return with a new series.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan teases the possibility of more projects in the franchise.

In his interview with Variety, Gilligan stated that he often thinks about what happened to the characters following the Breaking Bad finale and that committing to the show’s final season was “the dumbest thing” he ever did.

However, he also believes that, given the current state of the whole Breaking Bad universe, there might not be enough there for the story to continue. At least not right now. Gilligan teased the fandom by saying that the continuation of the show isn’t outside the realm of possibilities.  

Breaking Bad was a massive success on television, and it currently stands among the best television series ever aired. It follows the story of a cancer-ridden, cash-stripped high-school science teacher, Walter White—portrayed by Bryan Cranston—who uses his knowledge of chemistry to produce the purest grade of meth possible and earn enough money to secure the future of his family.

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Bryan Cranston as Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad

He is aided by sidekick Jesse Pinkman, portrayed by Aaron Paul, as they both navigate the local drug underworld and get themselves in and out of all sorts of trouble.

What makes this discussion particularly interesting is how the show ended. Breaking Bad concluded its main run by killing its protagonist. After he eliminated neo-nazis and saved Jesse, who along the way became his nemesis, Walter dies in the only place that made him feel alive in the years following his diagnosis—his meth lab.

Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie are all streaming on Netflix.

With such a drastic ending, it’s really hard to imagine how the show would continue if it ever does. But a new series might be a possibility.

Breaking Bad gave birth to two spin-offs: the series Better Call Saul and the film El Camino. Better Call Saul in turn enjoys its own spin-offs, including a talk show, several web series, digital shorts, comic books, and an insider podcast.

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

While the story of Walter White might’ve concluded with the character’s death, the spirit of the show might have been kept alive with subsequent releases. Who knows? Maybe some of the future Better Call Saul spin-offs will feature Jesse’s return to the criminal underworld.

During its 5 season tenure, Breaking Bad won 16 primetime Emmy awards.

There’s really no telling what the production team behind all these releases has in store for us, the viewers. But if Gilligan’s teasing is to be believed—and we advise ingesting any unofficial information with a grain of salt—there might be a future for the Breaking Bad franchise with a new series. Breaking Bad is currently available to stream in its entirety on Netflix.