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With just nine days until Breaking Bad returns (Sunday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c, AMC), it's time to prepare for the beginning of the end. And for those of us who don't have time to re-watch all four-and-a-half seasons, let stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul catch you up on where we left off.

PHOTOS: Walter White and more bad guys we root for

After Walt (Cranston) decides to quit the game, everything seems to be going well for the newly reformed family man — until the midseason finale's shocking cliff-hanger. As Cranston explains, "What I loved was that it seems like continuity is starting to get back into whatever could be left of a normal lifestyle except one player: Hank Schrader."Check out more from the cast and crew in this exclusive clip.