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BREAKING BAD Premieres, Cranston & Gilligan Speak, Internet Explodes
Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad. Following the premiere of the fifth season of AMC’s hit drug-themed on Sunday, the internet has gone into a Sheen-ian level meltdown over the show. Deadline is reporting that the premiere drew the show’s largest audience yet in the US, with a 14% increase in viewership, and a 27% increase in the levels of smug of those who claimed to watch the show from the beginning. If this trend continues, it means that Breaking Bad is close to hitting the Hubeson Number – the number of viewers contrasted with the level of dickery of said viewers, before a show gains sentience and goes on a murderous rampage . Showrunner Vince Gilligan, for one, can’t wait, saying “I didn’t know how far the show would go,” in answer to an unrelated question posed by Deadline.
Deadline spoke to the wholly endearing showrunner about the upcoming season, where he spoke, presumably in his gentle Southern lilt that suggests “Well, I’m just a humble Hollywood showrunner, so I don’t know about your fancy city ideas, but we just make some good ol’ fashioned televisual entertainments”.
Gilligan shared his fears about peaking creatively, and spoke about how he wants to go out on top, finishing the show with these final 16 episodes: “It’s best to leave the audience wanting more, particularly with a show like Breaking Bad, which is by its design more closed-ended… and I figure we’ve got about 16 more episodes left in us.” While reticent to reveal any details regarding the just-debuted season, Gilligan did manage to charm all those in earshot, leaving them with a sense of gentle euphoria.
In other almost-news regarding Breaking Bad, series’ lead, Bryan Cranston, while attending Comic-Con over the weekend, responded to a fan question asking whether Cranston thinks his Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, would be a good fit to direct an episode. THR is reporting that Cranston said “He’d be great, yeah.” Which surely now is sparking rumours that this is happening, and as the internet is want, the fact that it isn’t is because you’re not talking about it on message boards and comments sections of pop culture websites, as this is the democratic tool of the revolution, and the cause is just.
As is tradition when discussing Breaking Bad on the internet, we here at Criminal Complex are now obligated to start wildly speculative rumours about the show, like – did you hear that Jim Belushi is co-starring in the upcoming season? There – internetted.