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This is Part II of AMC.com's two-part report from the set of Breaking Bad. Click here to read Part I.
Over lunch, Michael Slovis tells me that the seriousness and heightened stakes of these final episodes of Breaking Bad has had a noticeable effect on the crew. "This set is usually a very congenial, easy-going place to work," he says. "Now there's a wistfulness that indeed we're in the last episodes, and after this we're all going to go our separate ways."
What's more, he says, there's a stress level that comes with a desire to stick the landing; to make sure the ending is what the writers envisioned and the fans are hoping for. "It's been the credo of this show to not leave any open ends at all," he says. "Everything gets summed up. All actions have consequences, and every action will be met with an even greater reaction. So something you saw in Season 3 and maybe forgot about may just resurface in Season 5."
Endings are indeed on the forefront of peoples' minds. Between takes, Anna Gunn wipes a tear as she tells me, "It's been so intense. I feel like my head is going to explode." Aaron Paul swears he's OK for now, but knows that when the wrap date gets closer "I'm gonna be a mess." Bryan Cranston admits that after six years and sixty-two episodes, he could even go for another season - "But I respect Vince Gilligan's decision not to draw the story out and dilute it," he adds. "And now that it's ending, every episode is just..." Here he slaps his hands together and then shoots his right arm forward, mimicking a car speeding away at full throttle.( I'm Skyler White...yoCollapse )