Vince Gilligan’s next project will take him in front of the camera: The Breaking Bad creator/executive producer will guest star in an episode of Community, EW has learned.
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[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you have not watched the finale of Breaking Bad, titled "Felina." This story contains discussion of major plot points.]
You’ve now had a few minutes to gather your breath, wipe away the tears and start to process that brutal and poignant series finale of Breaking Bad. Whether your predictions were on the money barrel or off-base, you will most certainly want to read what series creator Vince Gilligan had to say about this satiating last-ever episode, which saw the fall of meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston). “Ours is nothing if not a definitive ending to the series,” says the show’s mastermind, who also wrote and directed the episode. It’s a heady challenge to wrap up five seasons of one of TV’s most daring, beloved and obsessed-over dramas in a manner that’s provocative and satisfying, and Gilligan was keenly aware of it as he and his writers toiled away for endless hours in search of the perfect ending. “I think plenty of people out there will have had a different ending for this show in their mind’s eye and therefore we’re bound to disappoint a certain number of folks,” he says, “but I really think I can say with confidence that we made ourselves happy and that was not remotely a sure thing for the better part of a year. I feel that the ending satisfies me and that’s something that I’m happy about.” Gilligan spoke with EW about the fates for Walt and Jesse, the possible alternate endings, the classic Western movie that turned out to be a huge influence on the ending and the most structurally important scene of the finale.
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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
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.”
Aaron Paul on final run of 'Breaking Bad': 'It's just so raw and it doesn't allow the audience to breathe'
Is eight enough? Probably not for most fans of Breaking Bad. But eight episodes is all we have left in the saga of chemistry teacher-turned-meth lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his student-turned-partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The second half of the fifth and final season debuts tonight at 9 p.m. on AMC, and you are strongly advised to fasten your safety belts. “The final 8 is just such a violent sprint to the finish line,” Paul tells EW. “Each season we get progressively darker and darker, and this final season is hands down the darkest one yet. It’s just so raw and it doesn’t allow the audience to breathe because we don’t have time to do that.” Cranston agrees, calling it “brutal” and noting that it “does not let up. It’s not going to give you a break.”
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Like father, like son, eh?
During a Times Talk with the cast of Breaking Bad Tuesday, Aaron Paul revealed that one of Bryan Cranston’s favorite on-set pastimes was taking advantage of Paul’s tendency not to read ahead in the scripts — by making Paul believe that his character was about to die. (Yo, bitch: Not cool!)
And at another event held in New York City last night, RJ Mitte — who plays Cranston’s kid on AMC’s drama — explained that he, too, loves messing with people by lying about what’ll happen next on Breaking Bad. “I just say random, horrible things about everyone,” the actor explained with a big smile. “Anything you can think of.”
More specifically, what has Mitte tried to pass off as fact? “That it was all a dream. That we wake up on the island. That everyone’s dead, and Jesse and Walt are lovers. That baby Holly dies.”
Among the countless questions waiting to be answered in the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad — how does Walt end up on the lam? Will Hank be able to catch his criminal brother-in-law? How many more times will we watch
Flynn Walt Jr. eat breakfast? — one looms larger than the rest: In the end, what will happen to Walter White?
Will he die in a bloody shootout, or finally succumb to lung cancer, or end up in prison, or be placed in witness protection and given a whole new family — ultimately revealing that Breaking Bad was just an elaborate prequel to Malcolm in the Middle? This last theory was actually floated at a New York TimesTalk with the cast and creator Vince Gilligan tonight. “That may not be as far fetched as you imagine,” star Bryan Cranston joked in response. “DVD extras!”
We won’t know for sure until September 29, when the celebrated drama’s final episode airs on AMC. But during tonight’s event, Cranston did pose an interesting hypothesis of his own — one that could say a lot about where we leave Walt.
When Breaking Bad left off last summer, tenacious DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) was hot on the trail — and, er, toilet — of meth maker Walter White (Bryan Cranston). And when the revered drama returns with the second half of season 5 (beginning Aug. 11 on AMC), what should we brace for? Among other things, maybe a bit of self-reflection from the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who transformed himself into a lethal drug kingpin with the help of high school dropout/partner Jesse (Aaron Paul).
“We often said in the writers’ room that if Walt had a superpower, it would be not his chemistry knowledge or his ability to cook crystal meth but his ability to lie,” series creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan tells EW. “Walt has been the world’s greatest liar, and I think the person he lies most capably to is himself. So in these final eight episodes, perhaps the lies will cease to find traction and the scales will start to fall away from Walt’s eyes. And when that happens, will Walt really begin to realize who he is? That’s a question that we asked ourselves a lot in the writers’ room this year.”
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