Roger Smith, author of thrillers Dust Devils and more recently Capture, tweeted about this article from the Los Angeles Times. Vince Gilligan, creator of the brilliant Breaking Bad, talks Walter White, metaphysics and morals.
Most Hollywood creative types won’t openly judge their characters. Judgment, the reasoning goes, corrupts honest, organic storytelling and alienates the modern audience, which sniffs out the invariably distorted and preachy tale.
Tell that to Vince Gilligan, the creator and executive producer of “Breaking Bad,” who believes his main character, high school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, should go straight to hell. That is, if there is one.
“I’ve got to believe there’s a hell because I can’t stand the thought of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Idi Amin, you pick your poison, dying in some bed with satin sheets in Saudi Arabia,” Gilligan said over a recent late lunch at his Burbank offices. “I just can’t stand the idea of these people going unpunished.”
Do you think Mr White will go to hell? And what about Jesse? As for Gus…