All Bad things must come to an end, read the tagline for the final season of Breaking Bad. And when the revered drug drama came barreling to a finish last September, creator Vince Gilligan, his writers, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the cast sent off Walt in a machine-gun blaze of tragic glory — and it was good. And that’s no easy task. For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, Gilligan — who wrote and directed the send-off, titled “Felina” — dishes on the process of crafting the last installment of the critically adored drug drama, provocative ideas for the endings that were abandoned, how the spin-off Better Call Saul factored into the plans, and his all-time favorite TV finale. READ FULL STORY
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The bad news is you’re suffering from Breaking Bad withdrawal. The good news? Fans of the hit AMC show — which wrapped up its five-season run in a gripping finale last fall — can look forward to an upcoming Spanish language remake that has plenty in common with Vince Gilligan’s Emmy-winning drama.
Or will it? Sure, true to the original, Walter Blanco — his last name means “white” – is a timid chemistry teacher who transforms into a meth-dealing mastermind after he’s diagnosed with lung cancer. But there are also a few notable differences too, which make Metástasis a blend of high-stakes telenovela drama and American cable TV storytelling. (Never fear: Gilligan consulted on the Colombian remake.) Here are a few of the most striking differences — with the promise of a lot more to come when the show premieres in July in the United States on Univision-owned network UniMás.
Betsy Brandt is set to return to the drama world: The Breaking Bad veteran, who starred this season on NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show, has signed on to ABC’s The Club, the network confirmed Monday. It’s the second dramatic gig this month for Brandt, who just scored a recurring role in the second season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex. READ FULL STORY
One of the big questions surrounding Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has been: Will any characters from the original show be seen conspiring with shady criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk)? The answer: You can Banks on it.
Jonathan Banks — a.k.a. lethal, world-weary fixer Mike Ehrmantraut on AMC’s acclaimed drug drama — has signed on as a series regular, the network confirmed today. (Deadline first reported the news.) The one-hour prequel, which is being overlorded by BB creator Vince Gilligan and co-executive producer Peter Gould, will focus on Goodman’s legal wheeling and dealings before crossing paths with chemistry teacher-turned-crystal meth king Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The casting of Banks makes sense: In addition to serving as the head of security for drug and chicken lord Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and later partnering up with Walter and Jesse (Aaron Paul), Mike worked as a PI/cleaner in association with Saul. Banks joined Breaking Bad at the end of season 2 and received an Emmy nomination in season 5 for his role, which ended when [SPOILER ALERT] Mike was murdered by Walt. READ FULL STORY
Already remembering how much you miss Breaking Bad, which just took home its well-deserved Best Drama award at last night’s Golden Globes? The good news is, you’ll soon be able relive all the heart-wrenching — and heart-pounding — moments of last season whenever you want, as Netflix has announced its plans to make the final eight episodes available on Feb. 24. This also means that series, which ended its five-year run in September, will now be able to viewed in its entirety — a perfect time to introduce that one friend or family member to the exploits of Walter White.
Additionally, Netflix has signed a deal that will allow it to stream the anticipated Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, which is expected to debut on AMC this fall.
The Breaking Bad victory tour is far from over. The latest stop was Sunday’s Golden Globes, where the series’ final season picked up the prize for Best TV Drama. So how will the cast celebrate?
“I think we’re going to wife-swap,” Bryan Cranston told reporters backstage, as co-stars Aaron Paul and RJ Mitte about fell over in laughter. “That’s been discussed. Wife-swapping. You know, you put your card in the basket…”
In all seriousness, though, Cranston marveled at how the show’s consistently growing fanbase took the show out on the highest note possible. “The fans took us to this level that none of us could have anticipated, the zeitgeist of it all,” he said. “And even though Walter White is dead, he seems to be able to stay alive somehow on life-support systems.”
Bryan Cranston finally won his first Golden Globe after his fourth consecutive nomination for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad, which also picked up its first Globe for Best Drama. Cranston, who was also once nominated for Malcolm in the Middle, said his win was a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to him. And, he noted, now everyone in the world will be able to share in Breaking Bad‘s “mirth and merriment.”
Cranston has won three Emmys for Breaking Bad, which aired its series finale last September.
Now that Breaking Bad is over, Bryan Cranston can pursue his side career full-time. The actor picked up two Directors Guild television nominations on Thursday: one for directing an episode of BB, and one for Modern Family.
'Breaking Bad': Watch Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris film the 'tread lightly' scene -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
When Breaking Bad returned for the second half of its final season back in August, everyone seemed to have a pretty good idea of how the Walt-Hank story line would unfold. Still reeling from that bathroom-reading revelation in the midseason finale that Walt (Bryan Cranston) was actually the crystal meth kingpin that he’d been tracking, Hank (Dean Norris) would methodically plot to take down his brother-in-law over the next few episodes before some sort of showdown occurred toward the end of the season. READ FULL STORY
Breaking Bad is considered one of the finest and darkest dramas of the new century, but critics and fans have also long delighted in its sly-and-dry comedy. You can see in the clips below how the actors wind up keeping things light on the set of the brutal meth drama with this collection of bloopers from the final season. The full gag reel can be found on Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Nov. 26, Blu-ray), which also includes a two-hour-plus documentary about the making of the last eight episodes. (Click here to watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reading the finale script for the first time.)
Press play and enjoy Matt “Badger” Jones versus a bong, Paul versus a pack of cigarettes, and Cranston versus two faucets and an A-1 door.
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You know how you felt when you watched the series finale of Breaking Bad? Now imagine if you’d been one of the people actually living in the complicated skin of these characters since 2006, when that groundbreaking pilot was shot. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul decided to honor the last unforgiving leg of Walt and Jesse’s meth-making journey to hell by reading the finale script aloud together. (Fun fact: Paul actually had to delete a copy of the script from his email because he was so worried that he would sneak a peek.)
The pair convened in March at Cranston’s place in Albuquerque, ordered some Greek take-out, cracked open a few beers and tackled the “Felina” script for the first time, dividing up the roles between them. (Cranston, for example, played Todd and Marie while Paul assumed the roles of Skyler and Lydia.) As Paul told EW earlier this fall: “When we got to the final page, it was just… [He takes a deep breath.] Usually at the end of an episode, it says, ‘End of episode,’ but Bryan read, ‘End of series.’ And that was it. We sat there and just kind of looked at each other, not knowing what to say. But I could tell both of us were just so…so happy.” Recalled Cranston: “It was a moment of silence, like, wowww. We were just quiet for a while, realizing that was the last time we were ever going to read a Breaking Bad script. And then we looked at each other. There are people that you work with and you hope you would stay in touch with, and I know I’ll be a friend of Aaron’s forever.”
A camera crew that had been trailing the show for a two-hour-plus documentary on the making of the final season was on the scene for this moment, and their access is your gain. You can check it out on Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Nov. 26), the barrel-shaped Blu-ray box set that contains all 62 episodes and 55 hours of special features. To preview their reading of “Felina” right now, watch the following video. And if you want a detailed report from the Breaking Bad set as Cranston & Co. filmed the last scene of the finale, click here. READ FULL STORY
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