"No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn't get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn't get her because he has to save the free world. What better ending is there than that? I'm not saying we're going to approach that or reach in that direction. Our story doesn't line up [with Casablanca]. But we're looking for that kind of satisfaction."
While he knows fan expectations are high, Vince Gilligan knows the finale won't please everyone, but is hoping more people walk away enjoying it than hating it.
"We're not gonna please everyone, we're not gonna please everyone. This is what I keep telling myself so I can sleep at night. It's going to be polarizing no matter how you slice it, but you don't want 10 percent to say it was great and 90 percent to say it sucked ass. You want those numbers to be reversed."