Tent the house, zip up the hazmat suits, fire up the Thai-subtitlted karaoke machine, whip up some tableside guacamole — do whatever you have to do to ready yourself for “Felina,” the last-ever episode of Breaking Bad tonight at 9 p.m. on AMC. Gobs of questions hang in the air, which is already heavy with dread. What kind of revenge plan is meth lord Walt cooking up on his way back to Albuquerque? Should Gretchen and Elliott beef up security at Gray Matter? Is Jesse doomed to spend an eternity making 92 percent-pure blue meth for the Nazis between bowls of Ben and Jerry’s? How many body bags will be needed by the end of the finale? And did Skyler remember to send a taxi to 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE? READ FULL STORY
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Betsy Brandt may be devastated Breaking Bad is ending on Sunday, but there are upsides to her new job as Michael J. Fox’s wife on The Michael J. Fox Show. “[The Michael] show doesn’t make me physically ill, whereas I really thought I might throw up on Breaking Bad,” she explained to EW this week. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, my chest hurts. I don’t feel well, I don’t feel well.’ On Breaking Bad we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling, and on this show we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling and then I get to laugh when they are rolling too.”
It’s no surprise Brandt’s final moments as Marie Schrader weren’t upbeat. While she’s of course mum on the details of her final scene in Sunday’s finale, “I wasn’t thinking ‘Oh this is the end,'” she said of the filming. “I was thinking about the moment. But then after it was over I just thought, ‘Oh my God. That’s it.’ [And then] Bryan Cranston was there and he was standing out of my sight line off to the side just staring at me and holding his AK-47 [laughs] with like his Heisenberg killer look. It was very, very funny.” READ FULL STORY
The blue meth. The pork pie hat. The Pontiac Aztec. Bacon in the shape of numbers. Not one, but two copies of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. These are just a small sampling of the iconic items that will forever be linked to Breaking Bad. (Some of them you can even bid on here.) When filming on AMC’s acclaimed drug drama wrapped earlier this year, the show’s stars walked away with tears in their eyes and five seasons of memories in their brains. But they also wanted something tangible to remind them of their journey into darkness. Here, they tell EW which famous props they took from the set — with or without permission.
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Breaking Bad might be sailing into the sunset on Sunday but fans of the show will get a chance to see Bryan Cranston on TV again very soon.
CBS announced today that the Breaking Bad star is set to reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, Ted’s former jerk boss/co-worker, who last appeared in the show’s second season. Cranston, who right now is booked for one episode (to air this fall), is the latest star to schedule a return to HIMYM as it moves along in its final season and he will probably not be the last.
In case you missed it, here’s our review of this week’s season premiere.
Breaking Bad is an unorthodox and nuanced character study of a dispirited chemistry teacher-turned-killer meth maker that generates innumerable questions: How far would you go to provide for your family? Can Walter White find some shred of redemption or meaning in his ghastly, shattered life before it all ends? Who is the intended ricin victim? By the way, how did Gus manage to walk out of the room and straighten his tie after having half of his face blown off? Oh, and how good would that tableside guacamole have been?
You get the point. There’s a lot to wonder about. And the stars of AMC’s provocative drug drama have been asked just about every question under the Albuquerque sun. But which one did they hear the most? Read on to find out. READ FULL STORY
Another week of Breaking Bad, another ratings record.
The AMC crime drama, which should no longer be considered simply a “cult” hit, nabbed a series-best 6.6 million viewers with Sunday night’s penultimate episode, “Granite State.” It achieved this feat against strong competition from the Emmy Awards, at which it claimed the Outstanding Drama Series trophy, NFL action, and the series finale of Dexter. Bad also set a new series-high among adults 18-to-49 with this 75-minute episode, drawing 4.3 million viewers in that demo. READ FULL STORY
'Breaking Bad' writer talks last night's episode, 'Granite State', and what it is that Walt has become
SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Granite State” yet.
If you’ve somehow managed to recover from last night’s penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, well, we might have some bad news. Now comes the time when you have to wipe your eyes, get up off the floor, and start reanalyzing everything you felt about last night’s events — down to Walter White wearing long johns.
Now that Walt seems to have found his own personal hell, and Jesse is stuck in the firm (and very evil) grasp of the Nazis, the world we once knew — where blue meth flooded the streets run by Gus Fring, and Walt Jr. didn’t tell his father to “just die” — is gone. We’re left with a dying and very broken Walt, and a Jesse who probably wishes he was dying. So let’s talk about it! With only one episode left to end the beloved series, what is happening with Walt? Is Saul really gone? And just who is Todd? We talked with Peter Gould, co-executive producer and writer of last night’s episode, “Granite State,” about all things Heisenberg, New Hampshire, and more:
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Fresh off their win for Best Drama on Sunday night, the Breaking Bad crew granted a reporter’s press room request to yell in unison: “Emmys, bitch!”
But creator Vince Gilligan remembers a time when the AMC drama wasn’t the belle of the ball. “Television has changed a lot in six years,” he said, surrounded by the show’s cast. “And I have to credit it, I’m no expert on the sociological elements of it, but I gotta think a big part of what has changed is streaming video on demand, specifically with operations like Netflix and iTunes and Amazon streaming and whatnot. I think Netflix kept us over here. Not only are we standing up here tonight and won for best show; I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season 2 if not for streaming video on demand, and also the social Internet component of it, where folks get to chat online with folks all around the world afterward really has helped. It’s a golden era of television, and we’ve been really fortunate that we’ve reaped the benefits of these two wonderful developments.”
Mere hours from now, at 9 p.m., AMC unveils the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad. This means that only 60, er, 75 minutes of action stands between you and the series finale of the acclaimed drug drama featuring the world’s most dangerous former high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston). For those still hyperventilating after last week’s magnificently chilling installment “Ozymandias,” which has become the show’s most-watched episode, co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett is advising that you keep nearby a supply of soft objects, including astronaut diapers, and medicate as needed before tuning in tonight. READ FULL STORY
The final two episodes of Breaking Bad will be split into two parts each, with the first half of each airing in 2014 and the sec– just kidding. But there is news to share about the AMC crime drama’s final two episodes, and it’s good: Each will be extended to 75 minutes, including commercial time, co-executive producer Peter Gould tweeted today. READ FULL STORY
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