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'Breaking Bad': What's the No. 1 question that fans ask the cast?

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

'Breaking Bad' scores best-ever ratings with penultimate episode

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:

'Breaking Bad' wouldn't exist without Netflix, creator says after Emmy win

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.”

Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, lost out for Lead Actor in a Drama to surprise victor Jeff Daniels, but he was ready to share the hardware with the rest of his cast and crew.

Anna Gunn wins 'Breaking Bad' Emmy, responds to haters

Anna Gunn showed up the haters: The Breaking Bad actress is taking home an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, beating out odds-on favorite Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey).

Backstage at the ceremony, a reporter asked Gunn what winning the award says to viewers who slam her character Skyler White. “It just feels tremendous,” she says. “It’s been the most remarkable ride to be on this show. I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m overwhelmed and extremely happy. But yes, I’m glad there are people out there who apparently enjoy Skyler. What the Skyler haters do, they do, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with me.”

Gunn took the unusual step of writing an op-ed column in the New York Times last month about the phenomena of viewers bashing her Breaking Bad character.

'Breaking Bad': Hints about Sunday's episode, 'Granite State,' and beyond

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

AMC to air 'Breaking Bad' marathon before finale

Need a quick way to catch up on Breaking Bad just in time for next Sunday’s finale? Or are you simply an alarmingly addicted fan who can’t get enough of the show? READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad': Final two episodes will be extended by 15 minutes

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

'Breaking Bad': Co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett spills on last night's episode, 'Ozymandias'

It’s okay — you can stop trembling now and crawl out from underneath that Chrysler. Breaking Bad unveiled its third-to-last episode on Sunday, and it was a thoroughly satisfying, devastating, terrifying follow-up to last week’s cliffhanging “To’hajiilee.” (SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Ozymandias” yet.) To recap: Hank and Gomie wound up taking a dirt nap, Walt. Jr. was finally let in on a little family secret, and Walt Sr. is now on the run with a money barrel after giving up Jesse to the Nazis and kidnapping (and, yes, returning) baby Holly. To go behind the scenes of “Ozymandias,” read our Q&A with co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett, who penned what is now the show’s most-watched episode. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' ratings set another record


One of the best episodes in Breaking Bad history — if not TV history — was also the show’s most-watched episode ever.

Sunday’s nights stunning “Ozymandias” episode of the AMC series delivered 6.4 million viewers. That number includes 4.1 million adults 18-49. The hour also inspired 604,765 tweets (see our Q&A with the writer of the episode).

The performance tops the show’s recent record-setting season premiere. It also suggests Breaking Bad will likely set another record for its series finale in a couple weeks. So far the season is averaging 5.2 million viewers, up 102 percent from last summer.

With only two episodes remaining, Breaking Bad is teaching a master class on how to end a TV show. And after performing modestly in the ratings for years, the drama is now firmly a hit by any basic cable standard in its final lap. Will the Breaking Bad stick the landing?

'Breaking Bad': Bob Odenkirk, co-executive producer Peter Gould on Saul Goodman spin-off

Breaking Bad will wrap up its story at the end of the month, but not every character’s journey is coming to an end. AMC is indeed moving forward with that spin-off series featuring Bob Odenkirk’s unscrupulous attorney Saul Goodman, who has served as the crime drama’s comic relief and adviser to our meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) since season 2. (The network and Sony Pictures Television, the show’s studio, announced earlier today that they had reached a licensing agreement for a prequel that will track the “evolution of Saul” before he met Walt; a series order is expected to follow when contracts are signed.)

Though Odenkirk and the creative team aren’t commenting yet, Breaking Bad co-executive producer Peter Gould — who concocted the character of Saul and is creating the tentatively titled Better Call Saul with Breaking Bad overlord Vince Gilligan — told EW last week that he and Gilligan were looking forward to subverting the audience’s expectations for this hour-long spin-off. “We’re using the kind of storytelling that we did on Breaking Bad but in a really new way,” he says, cautioning that it’s still a work in progress. “When people think of a Saul Goodman spin-off, they tend to think in terms of a laugh-a-minute comedy, and we’re going for something that has a very very unique tone. To play with a main character who has the unique morality that Saul Goodman does is going to be in its own way as much of an experiment as Breaking Bad was.”

AMC moving forward with 'Breaking Bad' spin-off featuring Saul Goodman

Looks like Saul just got the call.

In news that will please soon-to-be-in-mourning Breaking Bad fans, AMC is greenlighting a spin-off series that will feature Breaking Bad character Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. While the network and studio, Sony Pictures Television, announced today only that they have reached a licensing agreement for the show, it’s expected to receive a series order from AMC once contracts are finalized. READ FULL STORY

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul on saying goodbye to 'Breaking Bad' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Think you’ll have a hard time bidding farewell to Breaking Bad on Sept. 29? Imagine what it was like for the actors who have been toiling on this labor of love for five seasons. Actually, you don’t have to imagine; you can find out below. At the photo shoot for EW’s Breaking Bad cover story, we asked Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul how they felt about saying bye to Bad for good. Their answers may not surprise you, but they will entertain you.


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