This morning, some "Breaking Bad" fans woke up to wisps of false hope. Early this morning, ITV.com pulled quotes from a very recent interview with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield in which actor Bryan Cranston seems to be hinting that his character Walter White might not be dead and that there could be further episodes to come. "You never saw bags zip up or anything, or anybody say ... you know," goes the quote. Certainly, anything is possible, but this case is most likely that of an actor cherishing the role of a lifetime. Too bad "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan has publicly restated his commitment to the finality of the show so many times:
“Every story has its running time, and it’s just hard in television to know what that running length should amount to, and I feel very happy and satisfied by the fact that we’re wrapping up now." - EW.com
“Rightly or wrongly, there will be a conclusive ending. Our story from the beginning has been designed to be close-ended. It’s very much designed to have a beginning, middle, and end and then to exist no more.” - Vulture.com
"It took the longest time to come up with that ending, probably the better part of a year. I had a lot of worries along the way that we weren’t going to come up with a proper ending." - amctv.com
Neil Drumming is a staff writer for Salon. Follow him on Twitter @Neil_Salon.