To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the “Breaking Bad” premiere, producer/star Bryan Cranston joined creator Vince Gilligan and cast members Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and Giancarlo Esposito on the July 18 episode of “Conan” filmed at San Diego Comic-Con. During the interview Cranston hinted that his character Walter White, who apparently died in the 2013 series finale after transforming from a high school chemistry teacher to a criminal drug lord, is still alive in the “Breaking Bad” universe.
“Maybe Walter White did get away with it,” Cranston told talk show host Conan O’Brien after Gilligan said that his mother was upset with the ending. “Was there a coroner’s report? No. Was there a listing in the obituaries? No.” O’Brien’s co-host Andy Richter then joked, “It sounds like Cranston needs work!”
Not true, Richter! Cranston has kept busy over the past few years with movies like “Last Flag Flying” and “Isle of Dogs” and TV shows like “Sneaky Pete” and “Electric Dreams.” He also just earned a 2018 Emmy nomination for guest starring on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Larry David‘s therapist.
Cranston admitted to O’Brien that he’s attracted to “Breaking Bad” superfans “in a very quiet way.” Whenever Cranston sees someone wearing a shirt from the show, “I like to walk right up to them, saddle up next to them and just say, ‘I like your T-shirt.’ They kind of recoil and go, ‘What, who’s this?’ And they look at me then and I go, ‘Shh.’ And I walk away as quickly as possible.”
If Walter White is still alive, perhaps we’ll see him pop up one day on spinoff series “Better Call Saul,” which stars Odenkirk as lawyer Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman. Most of “Better Call Saul” takes place in the past, but the opening scene each year teases what happened to Saul after the events of the “Breaking Bad” finale. “Better Call Saul” returns for Season 4 on August 6.
“Breaking Bad” was an Emmy juggernaut for AMC, winning Best Drama Actor for Cranston a record-tying four times, Best Drama Supporting Actor for Paul a record three times, and Best Drama Supporting Actress for Gunn twice. The show capped its run by taking home two Best Drama Series trophies (2013-14).
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