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'Breaking Bad' Alternatives: Vince Gilligan Considered Killing 3 Main Characters; Says One Makes It To Freedom

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 1, 2013 12:09 PM
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“Breaking Bad,” “Breaking Bad,” “Breaking Bad.” The saga and conclusion of Walter White’s transformation into Heisenberg and then his minor redemption in the last episode is all anyone can talk about (here’s our review of the final episode and look for a podcast later in the day). Was the episode too neat and clean? Did Walter White get what he “deserved”? Does deserve have anything to do with a moral universe that’s so complex and chaotic, and where sins don’t always go punished? Without question, the finale and the whole arc of the show is one that’s going to be pored over, and over. But what about the alternative endings and other things we learned in the wake of the show?

Watch: 3-Minute In Memorium Video Honors Everyone Who Died On 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 4:22 PM
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"My name is ASAC Schrader, and you can go fuck yourself," Hank told Jack Welker before his final goodbye on "Breaking Bad," and it was just one of several memorable character sendoffs across the course of five seasons. Vince Gilligan and his team of writers sure knew how to come up with creative ways to kill people, and if anything could be said about the meth cooking drama, it's that death was often just as gruesome as it was spectacular.

Watch: 1-Hour Conan O'Brien Interview With 'Breaking Bad' Cast Plus Full Comic-Con Panel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 2:52 PM
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Yep, it seems folks simply can't stop talking about "Breaking Bad" and the finale that you had to believe was best ever or you're simply not a true fan of the show. While we're sure Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and more will address the end of the show in the days and weeks to come, let's take a quick trip back in time to the run-up of the final eight episodes

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 4 ‘All In’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 30, 2013 12:29 PM
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It’s difficult (futile?) to write a “Boardwalk Empire” in the face of the “Breaking Bad” finale, one of the most talked-about, pored-over and beloved shows in recent TV memory. And ironically, “Boardwalk Empire” had its best episode this season so far last night. While a bulk of the show was still chess-piece writing, it felt more charged and alive than usual, especially the unexpected and magnetic face off between Atlantic City's Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and the Big Apple's Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg).

Vince Gilligan Says There Was A Much Harsher Version Of The 'Breaking Bad' Finale They Didn't Use & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 11:26 AM
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As work around the nation is still on hold this morning as everyone gathers around the water cooler/coffee machine/printer/Dan's office to talk about the uneven sendoff to "Breaking Bad" (though we seem to be in the minority on that opinion), creator/producer/writer/director Vince Gilligan has already carved out some time to talk to press about the finale, and has made some fascinating revelations. Needless to say, if you haven't watch "Felina" yet, spoilers are ahead, but if you want to know the paths not chosen, then this should be a fascinating read.

Watch: 2 New TV Spots & Poster For Frank Darabont's Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 10:25 AM
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So what do we watch now that "Breaking Bad" is over? Well, the good news is that television is going through a bit of renaissance with new, promising shows continuing to arrive like clockwork. And in a couple of months, Frank Darabont—who helped launch the phenomenon "The Walking Dead"—will try to achieve the same success with the gangster world in his new event series, "Mob City." Two new TV spots have dropped that certainly turn up the heat on our anticipation for this one.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Bids A Wobbly Farewell In Finale Season 5, Episode 16 'Felina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 9:02 AM
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And so "Breaking Bad" ends roughly where the season five began, with Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday and seemingly having all of his wishes come true. To say that excitement has been feverish coming into "Felina" would be an understatement, and expectations have been sky high for creator Vince Gilligan—who wrote and directed the finale—to the give the show a fitting sendoff. But the result is an effort that feels compromised to some degree, leaning a bit too hard toward fan service and winding up feeling thematically empty by time the credits roll. For all the hardship Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has faced in reaching his destiny, he ultimately gets it pretty easy here, with almost every part of his plan coming off perfectly, with the show nearly forgiving the monstrousness he's shown over the last two seasons.

Preview: Stephen Merchant's Uneven, Unfunny HBO Comedy 'Hello Ladies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2013 4:36 PM
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After working together as writers, producers and stars of TV hits "The Office," "Extras," the underrated "Life's Too Short" and "An Idiot Abroad," the undeniably, comedically potent duo of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant has decided to split up for their latest TV ventures. Earlier this month, Netflix debuted "Derek," the latest from Gervais, while this weekend comes "Hello Ladies," produced, written, directed and starring Merchant, with assists in all departments from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (who helped make the U.S. port of "The Office" a success). Yet, despite a track record of success and the necessary ingredients for another hit, "Hello Ladies" is a surprisingly and disappointingly uneven effort, completely absent of the craft and precision of Merchant's previous efforts.

What Do You Think Will Happen? Market Research Says Fans Believe Walter White Will Survive ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 10:19 AM
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He poisoned a child, murdered Mike, watched Jane die and done shortage of horrible, awful things, and yet Walter White remains one of the most complex characters we've seen on television in quite some time. With "Breaking Bad" set to say goodbye in just over 48 hours, excitement and speculation is running rampant about how it will all end. We've stuck with Walter through five seasons, and while he remains the protagonist of the show, the man trying to fight cancer and provide for his family has morphed into an ego-fuelled, hubris-driven monster, with our sympathies draining along with it. Or have they? According to some timely market research, it seems there are a good chunk of fans who'd like to him live.

Martin Freeman Takes William H. Macy Role In FX's 'Fargo' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 9:43 AM
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Before you say "What they heck d'ya mean?" and stand opposed to this TV version of the Coen Brothers wintry classic "Fargo," you should know that the siblings are actually executive producers of the limited FX series. And if casting continues to draw the names that it has so far, this is one that's going to be high on our DVR list next year.

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