‘Breaking Bad’ Cast Reunites to Honor Its Past and Look to the Future

Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul cooked up something special at San Diego Comic-Con.
Courtesy of AMC ‘Breaking Bad’

San Diego Comic-Con cooked up a special reunion on Thursday.

The Breaking Bad team reunited in Hall H in honor of the 10th anniversary of the AMC drama, which premiered in January 2008. By the time it left the airwaves in 2013, the little series about a chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin had developed a ravenous fan base.

“This is like introducing The Beatles,” noted host (and Breaking Bad alum) Bill Burr as he brought out the team: creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan and leading men Bryan Cranston (Walter White) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), who brought out his infant daughter, dressed in a yellow hazmat suit authentic to the show. Also onstage were co-stars Anna Gunn (Skylar White), Dean Norris (Hank Schrader), Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader), R.J. Mitte (Walt Jr.), Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) and Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring).

The show didn’t become a phenomenon until relatively late in the game, so the cast and crew had the benefit of making the early seasons in relative anonymity.

“Nobody knew who we were. I knew we started to make an impact when the directional signs started to be stolen,” Cranston said, referring to signs telling where cast and crew should park. “I kept thinking, ‘Not only am I getting lost, but something is happening.'”

Gilligan recalled Cranston’s first Emmy win as the most out-of-body experience he’s ever had.

“I’m thinking there’s no way he’s going…

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