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The midpoint of Better Call Saul's first season hinges on scenes without Jimmy

The latest episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff, recapped for your further entertainment.

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“Better Call Saul” shows Jimmy can wear many masks in "Hero"

Episode four of the Breaking Bad spinoff, recapped.

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Better Call Saul explores survival instinct in "Nacho"

Jimmy and Mike find common ground in “Nacho”, episode 3 of the Breaking Bad spinoff.

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The best moments from the two-night premiere of Better Call Saul

The task set before Better Call Saul is impossibly daunting. Can it join Breaking Bad in the pantheon of great TV?

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Kickstarting a Breaking Bad fan fest in Albuquerque

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Boing Boing reader Miguel Jaramillo sends word of a crowdfunding campaign with which I am fully on board: A Breaking Bad fan-fest.

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A Breaking Bad 'Little Golden Book' by illustrator Maxime Mary


Maxime Mary

Here are two images from Maxime Mary's "Little Golden Books"-style interpretation of the television crime series Breaking Bad. I've followed his wonderful illustration blog for a while, and you can scroll through and see his other fantastic sketches of Walt, Jesse, and their underworld ilk.

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Forget about your Breaking Bad-themed Halloween costume idea, because you can't top this one.

Tight, tight, tight, yeah! [via Aaron Paul's Instagram, HT: Lani]

Anthony Hopkins' fan letter to Bryan Cranston after bingeing on Breaking Bad

An excerpt from a letter Anthony Hopkins wrote to Bryan Cranston after binging on all six seasons of Breaking Bad in two weeks:

I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.

But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

(via Uproxx)

‘Breaking Bad’ characters drawn in the style of ‘The Simpsons’

"Brussels-based illustrator and art director Adrien Noterdaem loves to make Simpsons-ized versions of TV and movie characters," say our friends at Dangerous Minds blog. "Recently he turned his attention to Breaking Bad and came up with these delightful images."

Breaking Bad explained with the song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins

[Video contains nothing but spoilers] Remember how people said Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon corresponded with scenes in The Wizard of Oz? Well, Bonnie Rose's edit of key scenes from Breaking Bad matched to the story in Marty Robbin's "El Paso" is kind of like that, only much more awesome.

The Breaking Bad Storyline Explained With the Song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins

‘Breaking Bad’ fan obit in Albuquerque Journal breaks web traffic records [Spoilers]

Romenesko has the stats on that ‘Breaking Bad’ fan group’s Walter White ad in the Albuquerque Journal. It's the most-read online story since the paper began tracking with Google Analytics in 2006. eBay sellers are making some nice profits with copies of the print edition. Spoilers below.

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'Metastasis', a new 'Breaking Bad' en Español with 'Walter Blanco'


Metastasis," starring Diego Trujillo, will air on Univision’s UniMas in the U.S.

Sony Pictures Television has partnered with Colombian television production firm Teleset to produce the Breaking-Bad-in-Spanish remake 'Metastasis'.

Breaking Pulp

Illustrator Jim Rugg drew this cover in the EC Comics style to commemorate the end of "Breaking Bad," and shared it in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Read our recap of this great television drama's finale here.

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 16, 'Felina': review

Kevin McFarland on the final, magnificent episode of Breaking Bad, which by any calculation was a 100% pure, crystal-blue cook. Spoilers.

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The psychology of why we love to watch stressful shows like 'Breaking Bad'

Why do we subject ourselves to movies and TV shows that can be excruciating to watch? The answer may lie "in the emotional intensity these types of shows make us feel," which can result in greater happiness at the conclusion. TV So Good It Hurts. [a Scientific American guest blog]

Predicting what happened after 'Breaking Bad' ended

An awesome fan-written epilogue for Breaking Bad by @pilotbacon over at TV Hangover. Spoilers. It's wonderful. [HT: Kevin McFarland]

A Crystal Blue Heart Of Darkness: Final thoughts before the 'Breaking Bad' finale

Kevin McFarland looks back on Season 5 of “Breaking Bad,” in advance of the final episode. All Bad things must come to an end, but what a good Bad thing this series has been. Spoilers.

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Breaking Bad: Bracing for the 'Felina' finale


Francesco Francavilla

The final episode of "Breaking Bad" titled "Felina" airs tonight on the AMC cable television network, and on the torrents. Tomorrow, loyal fans who subscribe via iTunes and Netflix will get Season 5, episode 16.

In "A Crystal Blue Heart Of Darkness: Final thoughts before the Breaking Bad finale," Boing Boing contributor Kevin McFarland ruminates on "elements that went unremarked over these final episodes," prior to the last of the last.

Kevin will have a recap/public mourning/analysis/farewell essay available on this blog later tonight. His episode recaps, and our blog posts about cool fan stuff surrounding the show, are here.

ART, above: Breaking Bad Episode 5.16 “FINALE” Minimalist Episode Poster by Francesco Francavilla. I want to buy a print!

And, in case you missed them previously, VIDEO:
• "Breaking Bad Science Advisor Dr. Donna J. Nelson: the Boing Boing Video interview."
• "Boing Boing Video: Top 11 Chemistry Moments in Breaking Bad"

Breaking Bad comic fan art: Walt and Jesse do Twinkies, by Brendan Tobin

Illustrator Brendan Tobin created this wonderful "fake ad" comic. One frame is shown above, the full comic is here. (HT: Aaron Muszalski)

Breaking Bad Science Advisor Dr. Donna J. Nelson: the Boing Boing Video interview

Miles O’Brien and Xeni Jardin interview the brains behind Breaking Bad’s portrayal of science.

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'Breaking Bad' Heisenberg rubber stamp

A $15 stamp, hand-carved in rubber and glued to a wood stump "on whose back you can see the master printed in black ink." And the master, of course is Heisenberg himself. Decorate the packaging you use for your crystal meth, or your cards, diaries, letters, envelopes, whatever. Buy online from "this is just to say."

A guide to how (and how not to) stash your fat stacks, inspired by Breaking Bad

Ladies and gents, bitches and bros, The Breaking Bad Guide to Stashing Your Cash.

Entire episode of 'Conan' devoted to 'Breaking Bad' with full cast, Walt-o-Corridos from Los Cuates de Sinaloa


Conan O'Brien interviews the cast of Breaking Bad, Conan, Episode 0467, September 23, 2013. Meghan Sinclair/Conaco, LLC for TBS.

Guests on last night's episode of Conan: the entire cast of "Breaking Bad," with creator Vince Gilligan, and musical guests Los Cuates de Sinaloa. You can watch the full episode for free here.

Catch up with the latest (including episode recaps) in our Boing Boing "Breaking Bad" archives.

NYT publishes fictional Sorkin column referenced in Breaking Bad 'Granite State' episode

On the latest episode of “Breaking Bad” (reviewed here on Boing Boing), cameo-ing TV presenter Charlie Rose referenced a column by Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times. The real New York Times today published an excerpt from that fictional column.

A spokesman for Gray Matter said, “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.” Mr. White could not be reached for comment.

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 15, 'Granite State': review

Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad‘s final season, in which we ask which option is better in the Granite State: to Live Free, or Die? Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing “Breaking Bad” archives.

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How to Draw Breaking Bad's Walter White

Illustrator Dan Berry shows how to draw Walter White, one tweet at a time. (Via This Isn't Happiness)

Breaking Bad fans in Albuquerque: here's the one viewing party not to miss

Miguel Jaramillo has all the details here on Facebook, and tickets are available here. "There will be a special appearance by Rodney Rush (Combo), live art by local artist Cloud Face, silent auction, chance of winning Breaking Bad merchandise and memorabilia in a random giveaway, and special Breaking Bad inspired drinks. Let us begin the grieving process together in the city that's become synonymous with Breaking Bad."

Breaking Bad: Los Pollos Hermanos reviewed on Yelp

Yelp, Albuquerque, NM: Los Pollos Hermanos.

The chicken is nice and tender with a great blend of spices. The fries are maybe not the greatest though, so minus one star. However, if you are looking for some excellent fried chicken, you can do a lot worse than this place! My only complaint is that there are sometimes people who just seem to be sitting in the restaurant, not really eating or anything. I mean, it's fried chicken so if you see someone just sitting, not eating, it's kind of weird. I mean, sometimes I'll see people there before I get in and they'll still be sitting there after I leave. Kind of weird but they don't seem to be bothering anyone.
[HT: Maggie Koerth-Baker]

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 14, 'Ozymandias': review

Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the sixth of Breaking Bad‘s final eight episodes, in which we look upon Walter White’s works, and despair. Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing “Breaking Bad” archives.

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'Joking Bad,' Jimmy Fallon parody of 'Breaking Bad,' is quite good

Roughly 13 minutes of LOL. Slow clap, gentlemen. Slow clap.

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