In less than two weeks, the most-awaited August 11 (for all Breaking Bad fans, atleast) event is finally happening. The saga of Walter White and his meth business is coming to a close all in the final eight episodes.
The cast members: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk gathered one more time to discuss the AMC smash with the press on Friday (July 26th) during the network’s Summer 2013 TCA press tour.
One of the latest news that were explored includes the two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary of Breaking Bad. According to showrunner Vince Gilligan, the compilation will be credited to Stu Richardson who has been compiling video for box sets for several seasons of the show. The said docu will be included in Blu-Ray DVD sets, added Gilligan.
The show’s spinoff, which will follow eccentric lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) was also discussed. Gilligan told the press that “even though it’s up to TV power-players to decide if it will happen or not, they’d be crazy not to green-light the project.”
Odenkirk also echoed his thoughts and he shared that — “It is my fervent wish that there will be a Saul Goodman spin-off,” he shared. “I’m not speaking for any company or professional entity when I say that I really hope it happens. I would very much like it to [come to fruition]. And creatively, we’re working toward that. I love everything that Vince just said… I would love to do it; I’d do it in a second. Because if Vince wrote it, it’s going to be awesome.”
Cast Talks About Their Exceptionally Written Characters
Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s journey from being a chemistry teacher to a meth manufacturer.
“Just the notion of taking a serialized television show and changing this character has never been done before,” he said, adding he wanted this role “really bad” from the beginning.
“We never discussed where it was going to end up,” he said. “I never found out, I never asked, I never wanted to know. The twists and turns of my character were so sharp, it wouldn’t help me to know.”
On his character’s previously unspoken backstory, he said:
“It all began on July 4, 1978, Coney Island, N.Y., when Walter entered the annual hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous, won and considered going into competitive eating for a living until he opted to teach high school chemistry instead.”
Aaron Paul on Jesse’s Backstory:
“I didn’t really have a backstory,” Paul said of Jesse, and then went on to describe perfectly the undeniable heart of the character. “He’s a drug dealer, he’s a murderer,” he said, but he was engaged in “a constant search for some guidance in his life, even though he didn’t want to admit it. He was searching for a father figure in a way because his parents gave up on him years ago, and that comes with him wanting to protect kids all the time. Because he didn’t feel he had that protection.”
Anna Gunn and Betsy Brandt on playing sisters that weren’t raised by ‘Parents of the Year’:
“I always felt that these two did not have a happy childhood,” said Gunn. “They had to stick together, no matter what. I always felt that Skyler had to be a sort of mother figure. So Skyler learned how to take care of things and deal with problems and put her head down and get through things.”
Brandt, who plays Marie, said she thought about how her character and her husband, Hank (Norris), really wanted to have kids but they couldn’t.”
RJ Mitte on playing a disabled character:
“People don’t realize that when you have a disability that affects your muscles, you go through binding and it’s not very pleasant,” Mitte said, adding that it wasn’t just an occasional challenge but an every-night challenge, often requiring being in a cast or immobilized.
As vaguely as always, here are the statements given by Cranston and Gilligan on the subject of the show’s final hour:
Walter White has an incredible “reservoir of good” and that the show’s final eight episodes will find him spreading his joy liberally on everyone.
“Everyone will be satisfied with the ending, where we hug it out [and] where all is forgiven,” the man behind Heisenberg said, laughing. (Spoiler Alert: It’s a joke.)
“I am very proud of the ending,” the candid Gilligan continued. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I am very cautious in my estimation, in general, of how people will respond to things; I hope I am not wildly wrong to estimate that most folks are going to dig the ending.”