What ‘Breaking Bad’ episode should Bryan Cranston submit to Emmys? [Poll]

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s Primetime Emmy awards, especially when one of its top contenders — “Breaking Bad” — is the talk of the town after Sunday’s explosive season finale.

Series star Bryan Cranston is already undefeated in the race for Best Drama Actor, having prevailed for each of the show’s first three seasons (2008, 2009, 2010). Cranston wasn’t eligible at this year’s ceremony thanks to the show’s lengthy hiatus, meaning somewhere in Hollywood, eventual champ Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) is thanking his lucky stars.

Will a full year away from Emmy-land hurt Cranston’s chances of making it four for four as chemistry teacher-turned-meth manufacturer Walter White? Or is he so beloved by Emmy voters that absense will make the heart grow fonder?

After watching the much-anticipated finale, the response from Gold Derby’s savvy forum posters was pretty much universal. “Bryan Cranston’s delivery of ‘I won’ was perfect,” wrote Ryan_Fernand. “I will be having never-ending nightmares,” chimed in Space. “As for everything HOLY CRAP! I literally jumped up and stood on my couch,” posted Hodag129.

If Cranston wins again in the Drama Actor race, he’ll tie the record of TV’s sole four-time champ Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”).  Having won all three seasons he was eligible, Cranston doesn’t need much help in picking the right episode to submit to Emmy judges, should he be nominated. However, that won’t stop us from trying!

In the poll below, vote for the episode that you think contained Cranston’s best performance. Is it the fourth season premiere where Walter had to beg for his life (“Box Cutter”), or maybe the episode where he had a breakdown in the family cellar (“Crawl Space”), or perhaps the season finale where he sought his revenge on his arch nemesis (“Face Off”)? Click here to read brief descriptions of all of this season’s episodes.


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