"We don’t set out to make the show shocking. I know you’re rolling your eyes when you’re (reading) this, but it’s true. We’re telling a very dark story and we’re involved in a very dark world, and to paint it as anything less than unpleasant would be disingenuous. We’re looking to be showmen and women, trying to give the audience something to talk about the next day around the water cooler. But the ultimate goal isn’t to be gruesome or bloody — it’s to be dramatic."
- Vince Gilligan, on season 5 thoughts (TODAY.com, 11/23/2011)
"This season, Breaking Bad was more than a good thing; it was a great thing where performance, direction, concept, and hallucinatory New Mexico location photography all came together with the power of a bomb wired to a wheelchair. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul turned in the best performances I’ve seen in years, and Giancarlo Esposito (as Gus Fring) is simply the best villain ever on a continuing TV show. The ultimate showdown between Gus and Walter is mythic, the outcome simultaneously satisfying and completely surprising. Breaking Bad has now surpassed The Sopranos, and, although I love Steve Buscemi, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire isn’t even in the running. Breaking Bad is an American classic."
- Stephen King, on his ‘Top 20 of 2011’