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Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad Creator) Answers Fan Questions – Part I

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Even after a few weeks, it seems all anyone I know can talk about is the Breaking Bad finale.  To help ease your souls I bring you an interview with Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad. He even answers the question of why Walter White’s product is BLUE.

ENJOY!

Q: What was the first character you created apart from Walt? Also, how much of the series is improvised by the actors? – Trionout

A: Every now and then Bryan Cranston might come up with a different line or two, but on the whole the actors stuck pretty closely to the script. I would say it’s not much in the way of improvisation, but the writers and I didn’t worry too much if an actor transposed the word “the” with the word “a,” or other stuff like that. And as far as the second character created, I can’t say for sure because I’m not sure I remember 100 percent. I probably started with Walter White and fanned outward from him. I probably thought about who would a guy like that would be married to, so most likely Skyler was the second character I created.

Q: I’m very interested to hear what other possible endings you came up with on the journey, and at what point you realized that the ending you had was the right one. –Horton Jupiter

A: It took the longest time to come up with that ending, probably the better part of a year. I had a lot of worries along the way that we weren’t going to come up with a proper ending. We had this image for the longest time that was more or less the ending that you saw — except that instead of going to the meth lab, Walt went on and stumbled down the street and collapsed and he died on his own in a hospital hallway without anybody realizing who he was. Or we had a version where Walt actually survived and maybe Skyler or Junior and the whole family were wiped out. Stuff like that we considered but probably didn’t think about for too long because our guts told us that was just too dark and too depressing. We wanted the right balance of Walt paying for his sins and yet we wanted some sort of a note of triumph at the end of it all. He got a whole lot of money to his family; trouble is he’s destroyed his family in the meantime. Even the pick of the final song of the series reflects that – the Badfinger song has got a tinge of sadness to it and yet the chord structure is almost kind of triumphant.

Q: Since you never took chemistry, I understand, I’m wondering how you knew the subject contained such a wealth of magic plot devices and what the research process was like. – Elizabeth

A: I never took chemistry and I feel that’s a shame. I actually wish I had. I was a bit intimidated by math in high school. I signed up for calculus and after about the first day or two I felt that it was so overwhelming that I changed to a typing course and learned how to type, which actually was pretty helpful given my chosen career. But I wish I had not allowed myself to be intimidated out of taking science and math courses. Having said all of that, even though I don’t have a proper school understanding of chemistry, I read a lot of Popular Science magazine, and I have a lot of a layman’s love for science and chemistry and physics. I knew enough from watching Mr. Wizardand Bill Nye the Science Guy that chemistry was obviously a very fascinating subject. But of course, the science on Breaking Bad sounds so real because of the expert help we received, starting with Dr. Donna Nelson at the University of Oklahoma. She was our technical advisor on the show – we would come up with some of these ideas and then run them by her and see if they made sense.

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Breaking Bad Series Finale TONIGHT on AMC *Video Sneak Peek*

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After 5 years, it’s time to say goodbye to Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Tonight is the series finale of Breaking Bad on AMC.

I really have no idea what is going to happen. Every scenario that I started this second half of season 5 with, has gone by the way side.

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Will Walter survive the night? Will Jesse ever break free (I don’t think so, but I’ve been wrong up to this point about him). What about Skyler and the rest of the family? I guess I will just have to watch like everyone else.

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Mad Men Splitting It’s Final Season

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The juggernaut that is Mad Men is coming to an end, but not any time soon. It seems that instead of just putting this once fabulously written show out of its misery quickly, AMC is going to try to milk it for all of the viewership it can.

“This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us, with Breaking Bad, which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second-half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” says AMC president Charlie Collier. “We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes than remain of this iconic series.” [THR]

Basically, AMC is pulling another Breaking Bad, splitting the final season of Mad Men between 2014 and 2015. There will be 14 episodes total. The first half is “The Beginning,” and the final seven shown in 2015 “The End of an Era.”

It is sad that this once well written thought provoking series is going to be gone. But considering I was only watching the last season to see the clothes, and the set design, it was beyond time to let this go. It’s a pity that the writing that was present in the first season had just vanished. Maybe they all started believing their own hype and decided to sail on their success.

I will be watching this final season, though, just to see where these characters end up.

What do you think about the split season for Mad Men?

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Last Night’s Breaking Bad Was Messed Up

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Last night’s episode of Breaking Bad was quite the heart breaker. All around. The only thing that kept coming out of my mouth was “that’s so messed up”.

If you missed it, too bad. It seemed that everything was wrapped up in a little pink bow, setting Walt’s family free of everything he had done. Well, except for Marie, but I don’t like her. Or Jesse, but he turned on Mr. White.

What did you think of episode 514? There are only 2 episodes left, and I am still trying to figure out who is going to get the ricin.

Here’s the Talking Bad interview with Dean Norris, discussing his last day on the Break Bad set.

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Interview with Breaking Bad’s R J Mitte (Walter White, Jr.)

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This week’s interview from AMC is with the amazing R J Mitte, who plays Walter White Jr, AKA Flynn. In the interview he discusses sharing secrets from the set, showing the world what cerebral palsy really looks like, and his characters love of breakfast.

Q: There are so many Breaking Bad tributes on the web. Do you have any favorites about Walter, Jr. ? 

A: Yeah, breakfast! I’m definitely known for the breakfast scenes. Actually I’ve gotten a couple free breakfasts. I went into a place for breakfast and they were like, “No, it’s on us.” It’s funny people get crazy about the smallest things. People love the breakfast scenes. It’s funny to see what people have related to. Breakfast is one of those things that’s caught on.

Q: Looking back, what’s your favorite breakfast scene from the show?

A: It all goes back to the first breakfast scene, you know? That was definitely one of my favorites. It was the one that started it all. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with that bacon. It really does taste and smell just like Band-Aids, actually. At least the way that Skyler cooked it.

Q: Have you ever had any of Anna Gunn’s cooking? Is it anything like Skyler’s?

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