'Breaking Bad': Exclusive details about season 4!


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Forty-seven days from now, things are going to get bad again. In a good way. On July 17, AMC’s Breaking Bad returns for a fourth season, and if this cunning drug-world drama went out with a bang last season — as Jesse appeared to have shot Gale per Walt’s instruction — one can only imagine what nefarious misdeeds are in store for us now. Says series creator Vince Gilligan: “We try very hard to make this show as exciting and as nail-biting as possible, and I think in season 4 we’ve done some of our best work yet along those lines. There are going to be twists and turns that people will be talking about for a while to come, I believe.” To get yourself ready, check out these character-by-character teases, courtesy of Gilligan and series stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. (And for those who need a SPOILER ALERT, consider yourself warned….)

Walt (Bryan Cranston) Our chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker manages to get himself in even more trouble, if that’s even a mathematical possibility. “Walt will find himself less enchanted with the world of meth production than he currently does,” says Gilligan. “He journeys deeper into this criminal underworld, and then much of season 4 is Walt’s effort to get out from under and overcome in a very dangerous battle of wills.” In other words, brace yourself for an epic struggle between Walt and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

“In many ways [Walt and Gus] have great admiration and respect for each other, for their specific abilities, and yet they’re adversaries,” says Cranston. “As much as they attempted to become a union, they’re too much at odds, which is interesting because they’re very similar in many ways and yet in a few key ways, they’re very different. It’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out, and it is a match of wits all the way through the season.”

Skyler (Anna Gunn) Walt’s relationship with his wife, Skyler, which has been in a downward spiral, will move in new directions this season. “Oddly enough, as his professional life gets darker, he and Skyler will come to some sort of an understanding,” says Gilligan. “We’ll see them partnered in a business, which will bring them together — and also cause a lot of friction. And the way they procure this business is a lot of fun…. It’s interesting that Walt has long felt that what he does, he does for his family, and in that sense he and Skyler share a trait. We will grow to, if not agree with many of her choices this season, respect her more this season for her mental toughness and pragmatism and desire to do right by her family.”

Adds Cranston: “Skyler sees capabilities in [Walt] that she’s never realized, and it changes her outlook. For the first time, she’s seeing her husband as a dangerous man — an intimidating, powerful man. And she gets involved, and she has some very good ideas and surprising ideas to Walt. So they become closer in at least one way.”

Jesse (Aaron Paul) Whatever happened when Walt’s partner, Jesse, fired his gun will have a profound impact on him. “It definitely echoes throughout the season,” says Paul. “Just him going up to that door and pulling the trigger, whether he killed Gayle or not, I see as definitely crossing that bridge, and now he’s living in a whole other world of just turmoil. All of last season, he was dealing with the loss of his girlfriend — he blamed himself, he had no idea that Walt had anything to do with it. So now Jesse is morphing into yet another person within himself, just struggling with his inner demons. It’s pretty intense.”

One way that manifests itself: Jesse distracts himself with debauchery. “Jesse’s going to have the party to end all parties,” says Gilligan. “We’re going to find out Jesse has some pretty amazing Hugh Hefner-ish genes, and he’s going to have the parties of all parties this season, but probably not one you would want to attend. Not after the first few days anyway.” He also finds himself with a new partner in crime in the form of a familiar face. “It’s a budding romance in the drug world,” hints Paul cryptically. “It’s a beautiful thing, and I know people will like it.”

Hank (Dean Norris) Everybody’s favorite DEA agent will unhappily embark on a difficult rehabilitation process after taking a few bullets in that chilling shootout. “Hank definitely has a very long road to recovery,” says Gilligan. “[But] even though things look pretty dire in the early going, he will get his mojo back as the season progresses in some fashion, although probably not in the fashion that you’d expect.”

Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) “People are going to have nightmares about Gus Fring,” declares Gilligan. Get set to see the full power of this drug lord in his battle with Walt and learn more about his empire and past. “This is a very interesting and complex character who is also very smart, and even when he scares us, we’ll always find ourselves respecting his intelligence and his will and his great ability to do the things that he does,” notes Gilligan.

Saul (Bob Odenkirk) Walt’s sleazy lawyer will be “pulled deeper and further into places he doesn’t want to go,” and he’ll work with a couple of new characters whom “we’re going to enjoy being around,” notes Gilligan. One is his new bodyguard, who is “exactly the kind of bodyguard you would expect Saul to hire.” And, of course, Mr. Goodman won’t disappoint in the fashion department. “We can expect more in the way of amazing, flamboyant and eye-piercing sartorial choices,” quips Gilligan. “Saul’s wardrobe could take the paint off of a fence.”

Marie (Betsy Brandt) Skyler’s klepto-sis may wind up stealing your heart this year. “She’s got her quirks and her peccadilloes, and we love her for that, but this season we’ll really respect her for personality traits that she had previously not revealed to us,” says Gilligan. “She works very hard to nurse her husband, whom she loves very much, back to health. And [through] that struggle, we’re going to appreciate her more because she’s a much more substantial person than some of us might have thought.”

Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) Walt’s son turns the big 1-6, which means only one thing: He’s getting a car. “I’m looking forward to people seeing the car that he gets from his loving dad,” chuckles Gilligan. “It’s going to be one of the highlights this season.”

To read more about Breaking Bad’s fourth season, pick up a copy of EW’s Best of Summer issue, on newsstands now.

(Twitter: @dansnierson)

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  • wsugar

    so yummy

  • graeme

    Can’t wait to see how Skylar is used this season. Sounds interesting.

  • Steve


    • Rockatansky

      Awesome! I used Walt’s saying that as a sample for a song recently!

  • EddieHaskell

    Oh goodie, I am so glad Breaking Bad is back! Yay. It will be interesting to see an episode where I don’t want to kill Skylar though.

    • Sam J

      I think Skylar is going to join the Biz. She is going to be the book keeper. This was set up last season when she met with Gus and told Walt how to better launder money. “Buy the carwash” Rewatch ep 11 Abiquiu.

      • Danny

        I watched the episode many times and she met saul not gus

  • JMAG

    BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. LITERALLLY. Please watch people. You have no idea..

    • Mo

      I still wishI have been re-watching because I finally got my husband to see it. He was instantly hooked (as soon as the last set of DVDs was over, he was yelling “nooooooooo”) and I found out that it is even better on second viewing, as you come to see how all of Walt’s decisions have taken him from bad to worse, even if he is making tons of money.

  • Stacy

    So, Jesse’s party is an actual party? When I read that in the magazine I thought I was a figurative party. Like, just a metaphor for his drug use.

  • Jobless

    Sounds amazing, I can’t wait.

  • Sam J

    Gale made me smile. I thought an interesting plot twist would have been for him to a “plant” by Estabon to learn Walt’s cooking method and then Estabon would no longer need Walt and his million $ drama.

    • Mo

      I don’t know who you mean by Estabon. Gus was definitely hoping to get Gale to learn the process from Walt, that way he could get rid of Walt and his drama, but Walt caught on to that, which is why he sent Jesse to kill Gale – no Gale means Gus still needs Walt alive.

      • Sam J

        I mean Gus! Not Estabon! Sorry. My thought was that Gale looked up to Walt and was eager to praise his meth cooking genius at the beggining of season 3. I thought Gale was “playing” Walt, making him feel admired and willing to brag(share) about his method of cooking. I thought this was Gus’ plan all along.


    Oh man i’m salivating after reading all of that deliciousness!! It’s gonna be a great summer for television all due to one show!! Thank you Vince Gilligan and the cast and crew for giving us high quality entertainment!!

  • Captain Kirk

    I forget – how did Walt have anything to do with Jesse’s girlfriend dying? Didn’t she OD?

    • Mo

      Walt had gone to Jesse’s house to talk to him, but he found him and his girlfriend all drugged out. She started convulsing and vomiting while Walt was there, and he could have saved her – called 911 or turned her over so she wouldn’t choke on her own vomit. But since she was blackmailing him and he blamed her for Jesse’s drug use and acting out, he didn’t.

      • Sam J

        I saw this as Walt avoiding the potential loss of Jesse. If she lives, she continues to persuade Jesse to stand up to Walt, even leave the business and go to rehab, which they talked about. Walt was loseing controll over Jesse b/c of her. Let her die.

  • João Paulo

    Very good things i see after read this interviews, this new is gonna be awesome.

  • Don

    Yeah, but he was there watching her choke on her own vomit and could have done something about it

  • Mo

    No Mike news? Awwww, I like Mike!

    • Jack

      My prediction is that Gus kills Mike in the first couple of episodes, for allowing what happened to Gale to happen. It’s a shame, as I too love Mike!

  • cod

    u guys r soooo lucky we havent even got a sniff of season3 over here in the u.k. but all this talk is just getting me in the mood to watch season1&2 all over again amazing show and all who r involved should be proud that they r bringing a show which is in a class of its own to our t.v….well,at least seasons1&2 so far but hey!

    • antishy

      You can buy season 3 on-line @ amazon.com. You would have to watch it on your computer, but considering it was the best season to date I would highly suggest doing it.

    • zee

      poor baby – u can download em all using bittorrent – best way to watch shows u don’t get locally…And it’s free!

  • Constance

    It feels like it has been so looong since season 3. This is my fav. show and so happy its back soon!! I am liking the killing, but was so dissapointed that it BB wasn’t back in the spring!

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