BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said he expects the series finale to be well-received but is guarding against wild optimism.
"I think most folks are going to dig the ending," he told a session of the Television Critics Association on Friday. "But you be the judge."
He and the drama's cast, including Bryan Cranston who stars as teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, were mum about what's in store when the AMC drama concludes later this year.
Vince Gilligan, left, creator and executive producer of 'Breaking Bad,' answers a question as cast members Bryan Cranston, center, and Aaron Paul listen during AMC's Summer 2013 TCA press tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
It returns for its final hurrah, the second half of its last season, on Sunday, Aug. 11.
But the actors were willing to joke about it.
"I think everybody will be satisfied with the ending where we hug it out," Cranston said.
"Bryan, don't mention the musical numbers," chimed in Betsy Brandt, who plays Marie Schrader.
At least one character, attorney Saul Goodman, may live on. Gilligan said he is "working toward" a sequel featuring Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.
"I would love to do it, would do it in a second," said Odenkirk. "Because if Vince wrote it, it would be awesome."
Bereft fans of the drama also will be left with a comprehensive documentary that Gilligan said has long been in the works.