Good news for fans of Walter White. AMC has renewed the chemistry-teacher-turns-meth-cook drama for a third season.
Breaking Bad is AMC’s second straight original hit, following the critics’ darling Mad Men. From creator Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad fuses comedy and drama and tackles the lines between morality and criminality.
While it may be tough to root for a meth cook, the fact that White (Bryan Cranston) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has a wife, a handicapped child and another baby on the way, it’s understandable that he’d turn to cooking crystal meth to make sure his kids can afford to go to college since he won’t be there to help.
The second season is even better than the first, and that’s quite the feat. I would like the creators to have a plan in place to wrap up the series in a season or two — this is not the kind of story that you want to drag out for seven or eight seasons. For the neophytes, I’d recommend this series to anyone who likes “The Wire” or “The Shield.”
Don’t miss Will Harris’ interview with Aaron Paul (who plays Walter’s partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman).
Has it truly come to this…? Will I once more actually have to spend money on a DVD set…? Yes, I fear I must, because I’ve been feeling guilty for awhile about not having found the time to watch the first season of “Breaking Bad,” and now that I’ve seen clips from Season 2, it’s clear that I need to just suck it up and buy Season 1 on DVD as soon as it’s released on February 24th. (It’s also clear that I should henceforth put my unconditional faith in AMC, since this is exactly the same thing that happened to me with “Mad Men.”)
Actually, this decision has been in the making for awhile now, starting not long after Bryan Cranston took home the Emmy for Best Actor. At first, I was convinced that Cranston’s win was less to do with his work on the show and more to do with the vote being split so profoundly that his win was simply a matter of mathematics and little to do with his performance, but I’m man enough to admit that I was wrong. I mean, have you taken a look at the guy when he’s in character? I had no idea quite how much he was putting into the role of Walter White…or how much he was taking off.
“When we did the pilot, I was 186,” said Cranston. “And then, I got down when my character started his chemotherapy. I got down to 170. I’ve now started beefing up; I’m ready for a slaughter, because we’ve finished for the season. But I had to go back down to 170 again when we started up the second season.”
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