Breaking Bad's fifth season finally premieres on Sunday, June 15, and what better way to celebrate its return than with a Comic-Con panel? I've never seen a convention hall room so packed--both physically and with anticipation, in hopes of seeing the cast and catching a glimpse of what's to come for television's most popular meth makers.
And no, they weren't disappointed.
After a teaser trailer for the new season, creator Vince Gilligan joined the stage with Anna Gunn, R. J. Mitt, Betsy Brandt, Jonathan Banks, Dean Norris (who was cosplaying at Xena), and (of course) the two stars, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, complete in hazmat suits and a poor baby doll. With the fourth season ending on a dark note for the protagonist, attendees were eager to launch into discussing the character of Walt White and what the new episodes have in store.
Okay, so in that case, fans were a little disappointed. Gilligan and the cast worked really hard to keep out any spoilers for the new season but hey, we'll only have to wait another day! Even Brandt mentioned how Gilligan gave him a whole list of things he wasn't allowed to talk about, but here's what we learned:
Is it possible for Walt White to have a happy ending? Cranston mused that perhaps the only happy ending would be his death: "He's become so toxic and cancerous. Maybe that's the way to go. But I truly don't know. No one on this panel knows what's in Vince's head. We don't ask, and he doesn't tell us, and we like it that way."
What does winning mean for Walt? Cranston answered this by discussing the journey into the dark side of Walt's character: "What I learned is that all of us, every single one of us in here, has that capability of becoming dangerous, given the right set of circumstances."
As for the state of his cancer, Gilligan assures us that the writers haven't forgotten. "Walt does indeed have lung cancer, the irony being that he would not have had the best oncological care had he not cooked all that meth. But as we saw, he's in a state of remission. Will that continue to be the case? Who's to say. We certainly haven't forgotten that thread of that story...All will be answered by the end of these 16 episodes."
Expect the tone for this season to be eerie, creepy, unsettling but full of dark humor. As for the season premiere, the violence will be scaled down, but it'll be just as compelling and captivating as usual.
Other things we learned during the panel:
- The Pontiac Aztek may return. As Gilligan says, "it's like a cockroach. it'll survive everything."
- Aaron Paul repeated one line from the new season: "Magnets, bitch!" There you go.
- Keep an eye out for a common household product in tomorrow's premiere. Apparently, this is a very important clue for the season.
- The new season will showcase more German and a slew of new characters!
The fifth season of Breaking Bad premieres on AMC on Sunday, July 15.