One popular and enduring Breaking Bad theory is that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) somehow survived the series finale. With the new movie, El Camino, picking up after the events of Breaking Bad, many fans are wondering if Walter White might show up in the new film.
Nothing is confirmed at this stage, but Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has now confirmed whether or not Walter White is alive. Read on below to find out what he had to say.
Gilligan told Rich Eisen that White is indeed dead. “Yeah, I’m gonna give you that one, Rich, because I love you so much. Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes,” Gilligan said.
In the Breaking Bad series finale, Walter goes on a killing spree. After poisoning Lydia with ricin, he storms Jack’s compound and kills Jack and his crew with an improvised machine gun. Walter is wounded in the firefight, and he is shown in Breaking Bad’s final shot seemingly succumbing to his wounds.
Since then, fans speculated that Walter survived somehow, but now Gilligan has confirmed that Walter indeed is dead. That being said, Gilligan was asked if Cranston will come back in El Camino to play Walter in a flashback or dream sequence of some kind. Gilligan squirmed in his seat and wouldn’t confirm one way or the other.
If Walter does return in El Camino, he might not be the only character who died on Breaking Bad to show up in the film. It was previously confirmed that the character Mike Ehrmantraut–who was killed by Walter in Season 5–is coming back in El Camino (presumably in a flashback).
According to a report, one of the returning characters in El Camino is so secretive that the producers flew them to set on a private jet to avoid detection. If Walter White is indeed coming back, he would certainly fit the bill of a massive surprise cameo that the producers would want to keep a secret.
El Camino comes to Netflix and select theatres on October 11.