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Ten Things on Vince Gilligan’s Mind As He Writes the Final Episodes of Breaking Bad 
An interview by Denise Martin for Vulture.com

“Without giving anything away (would anyone really want that?), he took some time to download ten things on his mind as he heads into the homestretch:”

  1. The evolution of Walt’s fate.
  2. How Casablanca got it exactly right.
  3. His time on The X Files.
  4. Going back to the pilot.
  5. Henry Mancini.
  6. Bringing Walt to justice — or not.
  7. One final shout-out to The Godfather.
  8. Giving every character their due.
  9. Hank’s triumph.
  10. Finality.

So many quotes in this piece, I want to quote the whole thing. Just go read the full interview. It’s worth your time. You might also want to read Dustin Rowles’ dissection of the interview.

Photo of Vince by Nathalie Prebende

  • Sean T. Collins: There's been a backlash against Skyler, something she has in common with women characters on a variety of big dramas about men who tend behave much worse than they do. Do you have a sense of why this happens? Does it faze you at all?
  • Anna Gunn: Some of it is still the double standard in our society – that it’s more acceptable for a man to be this antihero badass doing all these things that break the law or are really awful. People watching want to be Walt, or they identify with him. He doesn’t have to answer to anybody. He does what he wants. There’s a fantasy element to that, I think. I also think that in some ways, there’s kind of a sexism to it, honestly. Sometimes . . . [pauses] I’ve been told particularly, how do you say . . . non-flattering or just really vicious – you could use the word vitriolic – angry stuff about Skyler, or about other female characters on other shows. The hatred and the vitriol and the venom and the nastiness and the attacks are so personal sometimes that it feels like, "Oh gosh, OK, I get that you don’t like Skyler, you like Walt, you’re on his side, but it just feels different." I don’t feel like that stuff would be written about a male character. Honestly, Skyler is sometimes the biggest impediment to Walt doing whatever he wants. For the people who love Heisenberg, who love the badass Walt, when Skyler says, "No, you shouldn’t do that," they’re like, "What is her deal!? What’s wrong with her?" [Laughs] I can understand that. I can. But having looked at articles that cite other female characters being attacked like this, I find it disturbing just in terms of a cultural phenomenon. I'm not saying everyone who's into the show and has an opinion is like that, but I feel there's an element of that in there, and it's an interesting gender issue. I'm glad that people are talking about it.

Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) answered some fan questions on Reddit. You can watch some video responses as well on this youtube channel: digitalforhumans.

“Bryan would come up to me like in the middle of the second season, he came up to me and he gives me this long, long passionate hug and I go ‘Hey, how’re you doing?’ and he’s like ‘It’s been such a pleasure, really, it’s been so nice working with you’ and I’m like ‘What are you talking about?’ and then he looks at me so frightened and he’s like ‘Did you not read the new script?’ and I go ‘No…’ and he’s like ‘Oh my god, I’m so sorry, just you’ll- I don’t wanna ruin it but you’ll see.’ Yeah, it was horrible, and he is such a good actor. He really, really sold it. And then he just walked off…”


On Not Getting ‘Killed Off’ The Show

“Bryan would come up and give me a hug and say, ‘I’m not going to say anything, but it was such a pleasure working with you. It’s been an amazing past year-and-a-half, and you have a huge career ahead of you,’ ” he says. “They would always joke around about it. They’ve kind of slowed down about it, but who knows — this kid could die at any second.”