Watch Walt and Jesse's Initial Reaction to Breaking Bad's Ending

Video of Cranston and Paul drinking beers and learning their characters' fates has surfaced. It's casually intense and clarifying. If you trust it.
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You are in spoiler country.

In the days after the finale of Breaking Bad aired, Salon called me "one of the only writers to continue the conspiracy theories and propose the idea that Walter White is not dead." It's true that I took a pretty unequivocal position on the matter. I didn't see conclusive evidence medically, and it didn't make financial sense for the franchise. My job is to be skeptical. I feel like Vince Gilligan is constantly misdirecting me, on screen and in my personal life, even though we've never met. But this now-going-viral video of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reading the finale script for the first time is a bit incontrovertible.

Indeed, there is a point in the script where it literally says that Walt lies "lifeless."

So I was wrong.

Or, was I? What is lifelessness? When, in his depravity, did Walt cease to be alive?

Five seasons and a movie.

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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