Steven Soderbergh has voiced a brilliant idea for the finale of Breaking Bad.
Instead of having the show end with a traditional TV broadcast, the Side Effects director told Empire that he’d like to see the last two episodes as a movie.
“I thought it would be really cool to have the final two episodes of the show as a movie that aired the Friday after the penultimate episode. You’d sell that during the season – ‘See the season finale in theatres!’ – and just run it for a week, but I feel like you’d clean up. It’s never been done before.”
Keep in mind this is all coming from Soderbergh, not from AMC – it hasn’t been officially pitched to the show’s creators.
The flash forward at the beginning of Breaking Bad’s fifth season made one thing pretty clear: the ending is going to be epic (series creator Vince Gilligan described it as ‘victorious’). What better way to farewell Walter White (Bryan Cranston) than on the silver screen in theatres packed with fans?
With television networks clamoring for ways to combat illegal downloading, Soderbergh’s idea actually makes sense. It could give television the kind of communal viewing experience that’s traditionally reserved for films. Whether the strategy will be embraced – by Breaking Bad or other shows – remains to be seen.
Breaking Bad returns to air on August 11.