Breaking Bad was front-and-center at the Television Critics Association Press Tour last weekend in Pasadena, California, where creator Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston were on hand to reveal some key details to the upcoming season, which premieres Sun., Mar. 21 at 10PM | 9C.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Bryan Cranston explained that Walt is “a different person than the milquetoast that he was in the pilot.” Gilligan went on to explain that Skyler’s (Anna Gunn) suspicions about her husband’s extra-curricular activities will play a key role in Season 3. “I think it’s courageous of Vince and the writing staff to take what Walt held sacred and in the very first episode, the secret’s out,” Cranston told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Turning to Jesse, Vince Gilligan told the Post-Gazette that, “Walt this season is a little like Dr. Frankenstein in the sense that Dr. Frankenstein, with good intentions, creates a monster, and maybe we’ll see a little of that with Jesse.” Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse, told IGN.com that, “This season is really a season of change for all the characters in the show.” Referring to Jane’s death in Season 2, Paul explains that “Jesse feels completely 100% guilty. Maybe it was just a chemical romance, but he lost her and he completely blames himself. This season begins with him trying to make an executive decision on trying to stay focused. He kind of accepts who he is.”
And what about Walt’s reason for entering down this dark path? “We haven’t forgotten the impetus that got Walt going on his journey into being a criminal,” Gilligan told IGN. “Cancer is in a lot of ways the villain of the piece… We’re going to keep it real, let’s put it that way.”
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