Breaking Bad is about to break down its final eight episodes, with the second half of Season 5 starting August 11 on AMC.
Star Bryan Cranston (Walter White) is directing that August episode, and he had a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session to chat about the new season, as well as other much-racier stuff. He's a witty guy!
Here are a few show-related Qs:
Q: "Does Breaking Bad end the way that you wanted it to?
A: "Breaking Bad ended the way Vince Gilligan wanted it to... which is exactly what I wanted."
(Vince Gilligan is the series creator, and he wrote and directed the finale, "Felina," which will air on September 29.)
Q: "...To what degree was the show mapped out beforehand? Everything fits together so perfectly it's hard to believe any of it was decided after the very first episode, almost. Were there any characters (ie Saul, or Mike) that were originally supposed to have smaller roles, but were expanded upon?"
A: "Yeah, Jesse was not supposed to survive after the first year. He was a character that was need to introduce me into that world and then he was going to die. But Aaron Paul captured something in him that was so necessary to the fabric of the show that it was a no brainer to keep him. They knew in broad strokes where the character was going to go, but they kept resetting after each season."
Q: "...Us fans on /r/breakingbad were discussing when in the series we think Walter White officially '"broke bad.' My question for you is: At what point in the series do you believe Walter White officially broke bad?"
A: "My feeling is that Walt broke bad in the very first episode. It was very subtle but he did because that's when he decided to become someone that he's not in order to gain financially. He made the Faustian deal at that point and everything else was a slippery slope."
Read Bryan's full AMA here. Are you excited for the final eight episodes or just sad because this is The End?