The morning after “Breaking Bad’s” enormous series finale, everyone and their mother has an opinion about the end of Walter White’s story. “It was too happy.” “It was too sad.” “I don’t have a firm grasp on my emotions.”
We’ve heard it all today, but there’s still one person we’ve yet to hear from: Walter White’s greatest foe, Gustavo Fring.
Not only does Giancarlo Esposito have an abiding love for the show that blew off half of his face two years ago, he’s also highly eloquent when it comes to speaking about it and its characters. In the wake of the “Breaking Bad” finale, Esposito dropped by MTV News to share his thoughts about the show and how he felt it all went down for Walter.
On Walter’s Goodbye to Skyler
“Her skin is white. She’s completely a wreck, chain smoking. She knows that he is coming for some reason. What I love about that scene… well, first of all, his entrance. She’s sitting there; you think she’s alone. You kind of think you hear a footstep. You see the door there, but you’re blocked by the pillar. Then they move over very much like Gus’ death scene. There are correlations to that in other places as well, but you move over and you see him standing there. It was chilling to me because in a way, Walter is a ghost already. That was the analogy that was being made. He’s already gone, but he has come to say goodbye in the right way. It’s beautiful. That scene to me was their whole relationship. He still loves her. He didn’t do right by her. Maybe in the end he will.”
On Walter and Jesse’s Final Moments Together
“With any family of origin, there is a love-hate relationship. You’re trying to imbibe what someone is trying to teach you, but you want to have your own mind as well. Jesse ends up being a character that has heart and who also is riddled with the revenge thing. So much is taken from him, but he’s overcome an addiction. He looks to Walter as being a mentor but also a buffoon. It’s a very interesting relationship. I think in the end, as Walter has said to Jesse in two episodes ago, ‘I did it for you,’ he proves himself out by saving Jesse, but then the moment comes where ‘Are we going to take each other out?’ Jesse feels like it’s fruitless. That’s Jesse’s epiphany. I saw [his laughter at the end] as kind of horrible, terrible, somewhere between a laugh and a cry that had so much angst in it. God bless Aaron Paul. First I thought he’s crying and screaming. Then I thought he’s laughing. It was just such a great moment. Where is he going for me? How do you speculate what you can’t see? I think Jesse is moving toward a new life.”
On Walter’s End
“Did Walter save his soul in the end? I don’t think so, but at least he had a glimmer of hope for his next life for what not to do…. Walter goes back to what he knew all along. After all, remember he’s a science teacher. That was his first love. He loved teaching and doing in that classroom. The meth lab became his new classroom and became what he cultivated and developed. The touching is that last goodbye, but it’s that connection to what you are. To me, I thought it was a beautiful moment. The reflection in the tank of the left-hand side of his hand, showing him, just seeing that vague outline of Walter. He’s fading from view, but he’s also very present. The whole episode for me, for Walter and the brilliance of Bryan Cranston, when he walks into [Elliot and Gretchen’s] house, he’s touching the wall, the art, he’s seeing things differently. I was blown away by it. It’s really stunning. A very truthful, honest ending. The fact that it can be so poignant just makes it even deeper. It wasn’t gratuitous. It was really what I think a human being might go through if they were in the position of Walter White.”