Vince Gilligan and the Breaking Bad writers are halfway through the final eight episodes, he tells HuffPo, and he sounds pretty freaked out. “Mostly I’m starting to get nostalgic about it, but it’s also terror about getting it right. It’s mostly terror right now,” he says. So much terror, in fact, that he’s finding meaning in all kinds of surprising places.
I was reading this really good article about the space shuttle, when they were moving it through Los Angeles a few weeks ago. Someone was quoted who worked for Boeing or Rockwell — one of those big companies that helped build it — and they said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” They were talking about the shuttle program, but I thought, “Wow, that’s how I’m going to try to feel about Breaking Bad being over.”
A nation of eighth-grade girls just sighed and said, “I know, right? I wrote that exact phrase in cabin nine’s quote book, because the summer of 2012 was the best four weeks of my life.” Vince, you created one of the best shows in living memory, and you deserve a better inspirational yearbook quote than that to hang on to. Here are some suggestions:
- “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
- “Take only photos, leave only footprints.”
- “Always shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
- “Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ve never been hurt.”
Have a great summer, keep it real, etc etc., and also, please don’t kill Jesse.