Is Walter White alive? 'Breaking Bad's' Bryan Cranston fuels hope on CNN

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So, the answer to the question in the headline is "no." "Breaking Bad" ended pretty definitively, and creator Vince Gilligan has left very little wiggle room in post-finale interviews that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) did anything but die.

Still, there's a persistent belief among some fans of the show that the final shot of Walt lying on the floor of the meth lab, eyes frozen open, didn't signify his death. Count CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield among them. In an interview with Cranston, she shares her theory that maybe Walt was still breathing when the cops stormed the lab.

Cranston plays along: "You never saw a bag zip up or anything," he says. "Is he dead?" Banfield asks. "I don't know," Cranston replies. "Never say never -- let's just say that."

But seriously, come on: Walt's dead. And more to the point, "Breaking Bad" finished telling its story with "Felina." Walt may turn up in "Better Call Saul," the spinoff that begins filming this summer -- Cranston has said he's up for a guest appearance -- but his story is over.
Photo/Video credit: CNN