We only just said goodbye to Breaking Bad, but already the pangs of withdrawal are beginning to set in. Though we've seen the last of Walt, Jesse and their mixed-up meth world, the brilliant actors behind the series will continue on in other projects — some are already back on the small screen! Find out where you can see your favourite Breaking Bad stars next.
Breaking Bad's finale aired last night after five seasons of the central character Walter White's ups and downs as a burgeoning meth kingpin in Albuquerque. We're rounding up the highlights from the big TV event, including Aaron Paul's hopes for what his character Jesse Pinkman will do next.
This week marked the final episode of Breaking Bad, and the show made sure that it went out with a bang. There were heaps of theories flying around about how the series would end, and as it turns out, a few of the most popular ones actually took place. Keep reading for our take on the episode and sound off on your own feelings about the phenomenal ending to a spectacular show. Warning: if you haven't seen the episode yet, there will be plenty of spoilers!
In the end, a few of the most popular fan theories turned out to be correct — Walt died as the result of a violent showdown with the Nazis, Todd and his crew were killed, Walt helped free Jesse, and Lydia got the ricin treatment through her very particular tea order. Walt also got a chance to make sure that his $9 million would eventually end up going to Walt Jr. by handing it off to Gretchen and Elliott.
The episode was also immensely satisfying in that we got to watch Jesse strangle the life out of his captor, Todd, and we finally got to see Walt admit that he didn't just go into the meth business to help his family. In his final meeting with Skyler, Walt tells her about his illegal activities, "I liked. I was good at it and I was really — I was alive." It was only fitting that Walt spent the final moments of his life checking on the one thing that eventually consumed his life: his meth lab.
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Breaking Bad is coming to an end today, and fans around the world are anxiously wondering how the series will come to an end. To shine some light on the upcoming finale, we've rounded up some of the most intriguing and realistic fan theories that are floating around online and broken them down to see what will actually take place today. Anything can happen, so leave your ideas in the comments!
Warning: if you aren't all caught up on Breaking Bad, there are major spoilers ahead.
Walt Will Die
One thing many of the popular theories have in common is that Walter White will die in the series finale. The question is how Walt will pass away. He has broken bad more than ever, seems to be at a very low point, is clearly quite sick, and has made many enemies.
Walt Will Go Out in a Blaze of Glory
One realistic theory is that Walt, armed with his guns and ricin, will bust into the Aryan Brotherhood's compound to take them all out in a violent blaze. Somehow during the destruction, Walt will be killed.
Why It Might Happen: While working the red carpet at the Emmys last week, Bryan Cranston hinted that there will be a lot of death in the episode. When asked if there is an opportunity for a sequel, Bryan said, "If we manage to survive the holocaust."
Why It Won't Happen: It just seems a little too obvious, doesn't it? Plus, Walt getting ahold of the ricin implies that he might not be taking a guns-blazing approach in his revenge run.
Walt Will Kill Himself
Another theory is that Walt will kill himself using the ricin from his bedroom, possibly when he starts to feel the walls closing in on him either by Uncle Jack's crew, the police, or some other force. He already knows he is dying, so why not control his own death?
Why It Might Happen: We know Walt has the ricin and he is controlling enough to want to be in charge of how he will go out.
Why It Might Not Happen: Ricin takes hours, if not days, to kill someone. Even if Walt did use it as a way out, he would be languishing for some time, so it wouldn't be a quick way out of a bind. And if he was going to kill himself, wouldn't he have done it already?
Walt Will Die From His Cancer
It seems like the most obvious, and least satisfying, end for Walt to die from his cancer. Walt may plan for his revenge, only to die, alone and disgraced, because of the illness that forced him into this mess in the first place.
Why It Might Happen: It would be the ultimate blow to Walt's ego if he was taken away by something beyond his, or anyone else's, control. Plus, wouldn't it be one final way to catch the audience off guard if they are prepared for Walt to get murdered or kill himself, only to have him die because of his cancer?
Why It Might Not Happen: Having Walt go out quietly would not be enjoyable for the audience. Despite Walt's descent into evil, we still want his death to mean something. Plus, dying from cancer is a long process, and he would presumably kill himself if he saw the end on the horizon.
This year's Emmys have wrapped up, and while the memorial segments reminded us of what we lost, there were also plenty of uplifting moments at this year's event. Some of the winners gave unforgettable acceptances, a few presenters stole the show, and Neil Patrick Harris proved he was the host with the most (dancing skill). It was an Emmy show to remember, but if you're already having trouble remembering what made the telecast so special (or didn't get a chance to watch it), just start clicking.
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the cast of Breaking Bad had a lot to smile about at the Emmys this year. The guys didn't win any individual awards this year, but Anna Gunn joined their Emmys club with her statuette for outstanding supporting actress in a drama. Of course, the real icing on the cake was when Breaking Bad won the night's top honours with the award for outstanding drama series for the first time. Take a look back at their big night from the red carpet to the after parties.
Breaking Bad is back for its final chapter tonight, and you can see pictures of the episode right here. Walter White and Jesse Pinkman don't appear to be in a happy place in "Blood Money," which airs tonight on Showcase at 6:30 p.m. (and repeated at 10:30 p.m.). Check out all the pictures of them and Saul Goodman, plus heaps of desert-themed gallery shots of the whole cast, and let us know how you think this is all going to pan out for our favourite meth dealers.
You might think you're ready for the season premiere of Breaking Bad, but it's even more likely that you're a little hazy on the details from last season — I know I was. It's been almost a full year since we last saw Walt and Jesse, so I've put together a cheat sheet on the most important things you need to get refreshed on before the premiere.
- Hank is finally on to Walt. During a family BBQ, Hank rummages through the magazine stack in Walter's bathroom and finds the copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass with an inscription referring to Walter White as the "other W.W." He then realizes that Walt was in cahoots with Gale at the time of Gale's death. Dun dun dun.
- Jesse doesn't know Mike is dead. It's hard to forget the scene in which Walt shoots and kills Mike, but don't forget that Jesse is still in the dark. In the midseason finale, Walt simply tells Jesse that Mike is "gone." Jesse accepts it as fact, but it can't be long before the truth comes out.
- Todd has killed a young boy. After helping Walt and Jesse with the freight train heist, the guys realise a young boy has been playing nearby. Before they can even discuss how to proceed, Todd shoots and kills the boy, which proves to be very distressful for Jesse and will likely continue to mess with his psyche.
- Walt makes a deal with Lydia. In exchange for the names of Mike's henchman, Walt agrees to let Lydia sell his meth overseas in the Czech Republic. Lydia is still around for the final batch of episodes, so I'm thinking this transaction doesn't go as smoothly as she was hoping.
- Walt gives Jesse $5 million. After Jesse tells Walt that he's done cooking meth, Walt visits with Jesse and leaves him with a bag filled with cold, hard cash. It doesn't seem to do much to ease Jesse's duress and guilt.
- Walt might still have cancer. Walt's disease is pushed back to the forefront in the midseason finale, when we see him undergo an MRI — however, we're still not entirely sure if the cancer is back.
Breaking Bad airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. (and 10:30 p.m.) on Showcase.
It's time for the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, and TV stars are already beginning to stop in for the fun. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul took the stage together to talk about Breaking Bad's final season. Patrick Dempsey showed up to talk about racing at a Racing Le Mans panel, but mostly to charm us with his beautiful hair and smile. Meanwhile Lori Loughlin and Candace Cameron Bure serendipitously got together for a mini Full House reunion, just on the heels of the spectacular Jesse and the Rippers reunion performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
This is only just the beginning for the TCA Summer Tour, which goes on through next week with more and more stars rolling through. Check out all the stars who have showed up so far, and brace yourselves for the stars still to come!
The 2013 SAG Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in LA yesterday, the latest glamorous outing for awards season favourites. Anne Hathaway added another award to her collection when she scooped up the honour for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role. During her speech, Anne started to tear up as she thanked her mother, who is also an actress, for inspiring her and hopefully giving Anne some support on the award ballot. She said, "Thanks mum for voting me, or at least she better have!" Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey both won awards for their final seasons of 30 Rock, with the latter thanking her friend and Golden Globes co-host, Amy Poehler, for giving birth to Lena Dunham. Ben Affleck took home another big win when he and the cast of Argo won outstanding performance from an ensemble in a motion picture.
Other highlights included Jennifer Lawrence winning outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for Silver Linings Playbook, marking her first SAG Award win. Dick Van Dyke graciously accepted his lifetime achievement award while thanking all of the actors in the room for taking acting to another level. Claire Danes celebrated her new mum status when she accepted the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, telling the audience that it not only takes a village to raise a child but also to put together a TV show. The cast of Downton Abbey took home one of the biggest surprises of the night when they won outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, beating out Homeland and Mad Men for the win. Click through for more great show highlights and be sure to check out the SAG Awards winners list.