AMC's 'Breaking Bad' season five: Walt is King (VIDEO) interviews, photo gallery
By April MacIntyre Jun 25, 2012, 1:49 GMT
Monsters and Critics\' Gaming editor Hector Cortez was at the recent LA Film Festival and recorded the cast of AMC\'s brilliant "Breaking Bad," the show that creator Vince Gilligan has parlayed into one of the hottest most buzzed about dramas on television.
Monsters and Critics' Gaming editor Hector Cortez was at the recent LA Film Festival and recorded the cast of AMC's brilliant "Breaking Bad," the show that creator Vince Gilligan has parlayed into one of the most buzzed about dramas on television.
Showrunner Vince Gilligan was humble and appreciative and said he's surprised show is on the air.
This meaty saga about a strapped teacher diagnosed with cancer who turns to making highly profitable Meth - all in a bid to ensure his family can eat after he is gone - works beautifully with this stellar cast and superb writing.
Gilligan talked briefly about Walt's transition from family man protagonist to thug life antagonist--and that it was part of the plan of this compelling story arc for that to happen. Series' star Bryan Cranston appreciates the richness of his character Walt because of that.
Cranston first worked with Vince back in 1998 on an episode of the X-Files
called "Drive" which lead to his out of the norm Breaking Bad role because in "Drive" X-files episode, Cranston's character was a complete ass, but also human enough to the point where the audience cared about it. These brushstrokes in character are very similar to Walt. He's gone from the put-upon financial strapped teacher delivered a cancer diagnosis death sentence, to a ruthless drug lord who has outwitted lethal gangsters.
Despite this shift in Walt, there's something about this character that keeps us rooting for him, hoping he makes it through the downward spiral.
Anna Gunn is very excited about the fact that wife Skyler knows everything and
looks forward to seeing how far her character gets involved.
RJ Mitte as Walt Jr becomes affected by his father's actions, because he's the one character that hasn't truly been put in real danger, yet.
Bob Odenkirk plays ethically challenged lawyer Saul, the levity break of the intense drama. He joked on panel that the way the series ends is that Walt goes back to teaching Chemistry!
Good news for the 'Mike' fans: Steely eyed actor Jonathan Banks will be better than ever, and Dean Norris as Hank will have major juicy scene time in season five.
Have a look at Hector's video of the panel, and check out the photo gallery for season five:
Breaking Bad Season 5 to Premiere Sun., Jul. 15 at 10/9c
AMC announced the premiere of the first part of Breaking Bad's final season on Sun., Jul. 15 at 10/9c.
The final season of the Emmy® Award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television, consists of 16 episodes, with the first eight episodes beginning July 15th and culminating with the series' final eight episodes next summer 2013.
Over four seasons, Breaking Bad has garnered a total of six Emmys® wins; a Peabody Award; it has been named to the American Film Institute's (AFI) list of the "Top 10 Programs of the Year" (2008, 2010, 2011); and been heralded as one of the best TV dramas on television.
Filmed on location in Albuquerque, NM, the series stars 2008, 2009 and 2010's Emmy® Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actor Bryan Cranston; 2010 Emmy® winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte; Bob Odenkirk; and Jonathan Banks.