So, how is Breaking Bad going to end?
"I think everybody will be satisfied with the ending, where we hug it out," star Bryan Cranston joked Friday at the final Television Critics Association panel for the AMC drama. "Walt has a large reservoir of good to be shared with everyone else, and he spreads his joy throughout the last eight episodes. ... All is forgiven."
Given everything we know about...
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
When we last saw Walter White (three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston), he had amassed more money than anyone who didn't have a corner office at Goldman Sachs, ordered just about anyone who could connect him to his meth operation shivved with extreme prejudice and ultimately opted to retire from his immensely lucrative and deadly empire.
There were downsides, though:
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson
The truth is out there, but after 20 years, it's not always so easy to recall all the details. TV Guide Magazine West Coast bureau chief Michael Schneider sparked the memories of The X-Files stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), along with show creator, Chris Carter, at the July 18 Comic-Con panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fox's landmark sci-fi mystery series.
Duchovny and Anderson, who rarely appear at such fan events, kicked off the audience hysteria by entering the darkened stage brandishing their character's familiar flashlights...
Matt Jones and Charles Baker
When Breaking Bad returns for its final batch of episodes on August 11, the AMC series will boldly go where it hasn't gone before by paying homage to another TV classic.
"We have a scene in the premiere where Badger [Matt Jones] and Skinny Pete [Charles Baker] discuss their version of what would be the perfect Star Trek episode," says creator Vince Gilligan, himself a Trekker.
"All Bad things must come to an end."
That's the tagline for the second half of Breaking Bad's fifth and final season, which premieres August 11 on AMC. A new poster for the final eight episodes that was unveiled this week features the foreboding message backed by wafting green smoke.
Love Breaking Bad and wondering what to do when the show wraps up this summer? Better Call Saul.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has publicly hinted that he'd like the show's universe to continue in some form, most likely via a spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk as sly, ethically-challenged attorney Saul Goodman. Now that production has wrapped on the series' final eight episodes, attention will now turn to what's next — and perhaps getting a deal done for the new show.
On Thursday's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert debuted a "sneak peek" at Breaking Abbey. You know, the Breaking Bad adaptation as performed by cast members from Downton Abbey.
Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston
The first half of Breaking Bad's fifth season may have ended with DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris) finally connecting the dots about his meth-cooking brother-in-law Walter White (Bryan Cranston), but that may not be Walt's biggest problem.
Breaking Bad Finale: Is this "Czech mate" for Walt?
Throughout the AMC drama's run, Walt has counted on his partner-in-crime Jesse (Aaron Paul) to stand by his side through good times and bad — even if Walt had to manipulate his surrogate son in the process...
Nathan Fillion, Ellen Pompeo, Michael Weatherly
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ADAM: Creator Andrew W. Marlowe promises there will be an "interesting honeymoon period," during which the new couple will feel each other out about how "real" the relationship is. (We said feel each other out, pervs.) But yes, there will be obstacles — most notably Capt. Gates and that little NYPD rule about partners not being romantically involved.
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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
In the fifth season of Breaking Bad, Walter White truly is The One Who Knocks.
The AMC drama's Season 4 finale saw Walt (Bryan Cranston) — the one-time cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who began cooking meth to provide for his family after his death — pull out all the stops to protect his loved ones and his partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) from the terrifying drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).