Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston Hilariously Explains Why Walter White Might Not Be Dead

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Breaking Bad is undoubtedly one of the most beloved series of all time, and it ended on an iconic sequence that featured -- spoiler alert? -- Walter White biting the dust to the tune of "Baby Blue" (in honor of that special blue meth) on the floor of a meth lab. Walt's death seemed pretty definitive and awfully fitting, giving his character development over the series, but star Bryan Cranston has some hilarious thoughts on why Walt may not be as dead as we thought. Cranston had this to say:

Maybe Walter White did get away with it. Was there a coroner's report? No. Was there a listing in the obituaries? No.

Bryan Cranston shared his awesome theory on why Walt might not be dead during an appearance at a Conan filming at San Diego Comic-Con. While Breaking Bad certainly seemed to kill off Walt once and for all, thus freeing Jesse to return to whatever life he could manage after all the trauma and depriving the world of more of that magic blue meth, assuming Jesse didn't return to cooking after he made his wild break from the scene of Walt's last stand. Maybe Walt isn't dead after all! Breaking Bad has been known to pull off its fair share of crazy stunts, not the least of which was the gun in the trunk that killed the neo-Nazis. TV is in an era of revivals and reboots nowadays... could we be in for Breaking Bad 2.0?

Okay, probably not in a million years. Still, it's fun to learn Bryan Cranston's theory that Walt could be alive since there was no coroner's report or in-show obituary. He looked dead, but he technically wasn't declared dead by a medical professional. Although I'm confident that any potential sequel or second spinoff won't follow a Walter White who managed to not bleed to death in the finale, I could definitely see Cranston getting together with other members of the cast to film a sketch or short film of some sort.

After all, Cranston did just team up with Aaron Paul for a hysterical video that presented them as two actors who were obsessed with the show and never moved on from it. They can make fun of themselves and find the entertainment in a show that was very, very serious; why not a video of a Breaking Bad sequel starring a not-so-dead Walter White? I would watch that, especially since it's not a sure thing that Cranston will ever reprise his role for Better Caul Saul, even if he is on board to appear if it could work out.

Only time will tell. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more news out of San Diego Comic-Con, and find more Conan anecdotes when new episodes air on TBS. For some other viewing options, swing by our summer TV premiere guide. If you're now in the mood to relive some Breaking Bad goodness, check out the full series streaming on Netflix.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.