While Better Call Saul has already snared Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and anyone who can’t shake the itch for one more hit of Breaking Bad, even in less pure form, Dean Norris, for one, is trying to go clean. The erstwhile Hank Schrader told the Associated Press he doesn’t want to return to the role that made him famous, as a well as a meme where he takes a shit.
“I never give my two cents when it comes to Breaking Bad, because why would I?” Paul says. “I’m just the actor, and what they’re doing is perfect, you know? But I just felt like I would always regret it if I didn’t at least throw them a pitch on how I wanted Jesse to go out. So I gave a few different ideas of how I thought he would kill himself. I didn’t want anybody else taking his life.” However, he admits that “the letter was awful” and also “very morbid.”
“I’m so happy they didn’t listen,” he says. “I’d rather Jesse just kind of ride off into the sunset like he did.” While Jesse’s climactic, tearful getaway drive didn’t provide enough closure for some fans, Paul’s optimistic view of the character’s final scene echoes recent statements made by Gilligan, who wrote and directed the series finale, “Felina.”
“My personal feeling is that he got away,” Gilligan told GQ, though he admits it’s not a realistic view. “The most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kid’s fingerprints all over this lab and they’re going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents.”