Comic-Con 2013: ‘Breaking Bad’ says farewell to the Con

July 21, 2013 | 4:20 p.m.
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston talks into a mask of his own face at Comic-Con. (Los Angeles Times)

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston talks into a mask of his own face at Comic-Con. (Los Angeles Times)

“Breaking Bad” is coming to an end and no one is as heartsick as creator Vince Gilligan, who bid farewell to the fans at Comic-Con’s Hall H on Sunday.

“I’m going to miss you guys and coming to Comic-Con,” he said. “I’m satisfied with the ending. I hope you will be too.”

The final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad’s” five-season run will begin airing on AMC on Aug. 11.

If there were a singular moment from the panel, it was series star Bryan Cranston walking onstage wearing a mask of himself as Walter White, then removing it and placing it on his microphone, where he appeared to almost make out with himself. Of course, series costar Aaron Paul did make out with the mask. One of the most surreal images in “Breaking Bad” – and Comic-Con – history.

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The mask did allow Cranston to walk the Con floor, however.

“I used a higher voice,” Cranston said. “It was fun getting to meet all of you, and you got to meet me.”

The panel, moderated by Chris Hardwick, was structured as a look back over the life of the series rather than a look ahead to the final eight episodes. Asked where he was emotionally when the series began, Gilligan said, “I was in a place where I very much wanted a job. I did not foresee this happening. I did not foresee being in Hall H at Comic-Con.”

Actor R.J. Mitte, who plays Walter Jr., was equally emotional about the role the show has played in his life.

“I spent my whole teenage life on ‘Breaking Bad.’ I started when I was 14. I turn 21 in August. I wouldn’t have the knowledge I have today if I hadn’t done the show, without Bryan and Anna [Gunn]. Most people had high school; I had ‘Breaking Bad.”

Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul star in "Breaking Bad." (AMC)

Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul star in “Breaking Bad.” (AMC)

One of the things fans took advantage of in having the show’s creator onstage to talk about the show one more time was to clear up any lingering questions from the series, such as how exactly Walter White poisoned the boy Brock with lily of the valley at the end of the fourth season.

“The way we worked it out in our timeline, he had just enough time to do it,” Gilligan said. “Tricky, but not impossible. Walter was sitting out by the pool, looking at the lily of the valley. He crushed it up, put it in a juice box, snuck into Bock’s school and swapped it out. That’s the inner fiction the writers and I worked out. He was a very motivated individual at that point.”

Cranston also explained how he was able to throw an entire pizza onto the roof of his character’s house in an early episode.

“The pizza was enormous and I had to hold it with two hands,” Cranston said. “They scored the box so when I threw it, the pizza would slide out. The director said, ‘Throw the pizza and have it land on the roof.’ It was nearly impossible. I couldn’t throw it. I had to fling it out of frustration. So I stood near the roof and I guessed the trajectory and did it on the first take. The special effects guys had monofilament ready to get it up there, but I did it. Then the director asked me to do it again. I said, ‘You’re insane.’ I wasn’t able to do it again.”

— Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday


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One Response to Comic-Con 2013: ‘Breaking Bad’ says farewell to the Con

  1. Mandie says:

    Such a great series. The fact that it's ending is bittersweet–on one hand, it really sucks that there won't be more Breaking Bad anymore, on the other, I'm glad it's having a satisfying ending on its own terms, rather than dragging out and losing its spark. Now, all we can do is wait for the final episodes. August 11, hurry up!

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