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Recap: Table Is Set For The Finale In 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 15 'Granite State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 10:32 AM
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What happens to a king when he no longer has a kingdom to rule? That's the central question in "Granite State," the penultimate episode to "Breaking Bad" that after some truly heart racing episodes from the rest of the season, is intriguingly subdued. It puts in the center a dying Walter White (Bryan Cranston), literally isolated, lonely and seemingly without options, left with a barrel of money and his destiny, which is presumably death from cancer, incarceration or if he somehow survives his disease and lays low, a chance to start over. But without Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) and Holly, everything he's done is worthless, and as we know, Walter is not a man known to travel down the easy road or give up without a fight. Though he comes very close it to it this time around.

Recap: Harrowing 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 14 'Ozymandias'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 10:06 AM
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"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" goes the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and not only does it serve as the title of this week's episode, it also was the foundation of one of the more tantalizing teasers that was released before the start of the final season of "Breaking Bad." The entire brief poem evokes the imagery of a man surveying his crumbled empire, and by end of "Ozymandias," everything that Walter White has built up and battled for is obliterated, until even he says farewell to his own name and life.

The Saul Goodman Spinoff Gets Greenlit By AMC & Will Be A ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 4:37 PM
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Saul Goodman Spin-off
Confirming that there is still something good left in the universe, AMC has officially given the green light to a new series based around the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) character from their insanely popular crime drama "Breaking Bad." The one-hour comedic drama will serve as a prequel to the events of "Breaking Bad," and has been given the tentative title "Better Call Saul." "Breaking Bad" mastermind Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould, who created the character for a season 2 episode of the show, will serve as show-runners. While the thoughts of failed spin-offs are running through our head ("After M*A*S*H" anyone?), we can't help but get excited about the prospect of this series.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season Five, Episode 13 'To'hajiilee'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 9:30 AM
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Last week's episode, the sublimely conflicted "Rabid Dogs," ended with a pair of calls: Jesse (Aaron Paul), consumed with paranoia, dialed Walt (Bryan Cranston) with a promise: he'd be coming for him where it really mattered. Moments later, Walt, made a call of his own, to Todd (Jesse Plemons), informing him that the services of his skuzzy Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen), co-architect of last season's massive prison murder, would be needed once more. This week's "To'hajiilee," written by longtime "Breaking Bad" principle George Mastras (who penned last season's crackerjack "Dead Freight" episode), picked up on the other side of one of those calls.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 12 'Rabid Dog'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 11:57 AM
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"He can't keep getting away with it!" Jesse (Aaron Paul) howls in the twelfth, riveting episode of the final season of "Breaking Bad." And increasingly, it looks like Walt (Bryan Cranston) is on the backpedal, looking to straighten up a mess that continues to seep like so much gasoline into the carpets of his house leaving a stain he can't get out. And indeed, that is the result of the eleventh episode capper that had an enraged, cocaine-fueled Jesse—who finally put one-and-one together in regards to Brock's poisoning and Walt's role in it—literally lighting the match and getting ready to drop it on the gasoline soaked house when... We're getting ahead of ourselves for a moment...

Breaking Bible: Aaron Paul Joins Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Along With Ben Kingsley, John Turturro & Sigourney Weaver

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 4:48 PM
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Well this will certainly be a change of pace for actor we're used to seeing wearing a hoodie and saying "Bitch" more often and better than anyone. Ridley Scott's "Exodus" is ramping up its casting and has an interesting slate of names coming aboard.

Skyler, Hank & Jesse: Watch 'Breaking Bad' Audition Tapes Featuring Anna Gunn, Dean Norris & Aaron Paul

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 12:40 PM
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While we have to wait until next Sunday to fight just how deep Walter's threat of "Tread lightly" will go, let's take a step back time. Okay, more like a leap. It may be easy to forget, but when "Breaking Bad" first came around, it was a bit of an unknown quantity. Tim Whatley and Malcom's Dad playing a meth dealer? A cast of mostly character actor unknowns in a show on AMC? Whatever, bro. But of course, it didn't take a long before the show became a cultural force and a large part of that is due to the across the board, excellent cast. So how did they fare when they first got in front of cameras?

The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2013 2:00 PM
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This Sunday sees the beginning of the end of an era. Because on Sunday, AMC will premiere the first of the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad," which over the last five-and-a-bit years has firmly taken its place among the pantheon of TV drama, winning an ever-growing following, rave reviews and fistfuls of awards. For the uninitiated (and really, how many of there can you be now?) the series follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher already struggling to make ends meet when he's diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Desperate to provide for his family, he teams up with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), a deadbeat former student, to cook crystal meth. Complications, as you might imagine, ensue.

Watch: 90-Minute Conversation With The Creator & Cast Of 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 31, 2013 11:00 AM
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After five years as one of the most acclaimed dramas on television, on August 11th "Breaking Bad" will return for the first in its final batch of eight episodes. To celebrate the occasion creator Vince Gilligan and the cast have been taking one last victory lap to connect with the fans who helped to keep the show on the air despite modest ratings. In NYC this week alone, Film Linc is doing a week long marathon of every season of the show (topped off with special cast Q&As for their favorite episodes), Gilligan sat for an extended Q&A at the Museum of the Moving Image (which has also just opened an exhibit of props and artifacts from the show titled "From Mr. Chips To Scarface: Walter White's Transformation In Breaking Bad" which will run through October) and Gilligan and some of the cast stopped by the Apple Store in Soho before Gilligan and the entire principal cast (Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk) landed at the Times Center last night for an extended conversation with NY Times columnist Dave Itzkoff.

Watch: 3 Character Teasers For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 Zero In On Walter, Hank & Jesse

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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With the second half of the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" looming, we, along with most of the internet, are waiting with bated breath, grasping at things like a possible Saul Goodman spinoff and Bryan Cranston vs. Samuel L. Jackson "I Am The Danger" speech showdown. For those of you lucky enough to be in New York City, let us also remind you that a free, five-day "Breaking Bad" marathon starts on July 26th if you want to revisit the series before it all ends.

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