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SDCC 2018: The ‘Breaking Bad’ 10-Year Anniversary Panel Was Absolutely Perfect

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When I found out that Breaking Bad was reuniting for a special panel at San Diego Comic-Con for its tenth anniversary I just about threw a pizza on the roof in a fit of excitement.

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Series stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Betsy Brandt, Jonathan Banks and RJ Mitte were all in attendance along with the show’s legendary creator Vince Gilligan to head back in time to the good ol’ days of meth cooking in an ancient RV and they did not tread lightly!

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The panel kicked off with a montage of some of the shows most signature scenes! What scene sticks out the most for you? For us…

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Hosted by comedian Bill Burr, he equated introducing the Breaking Bad cast to that of The Beatles, which in the world of television definitely holds true. It’s also worth noting that Aaron Paul brought out his new daughter in Breaking Bad cosplay…the iconic yellow hazmat suit.

Series creator Vince Gilligan spoke about the importance of the show having believable violence, a feat it certainly achieved.

By the time that Breaking Bad was wrapping up on AMC, it was being heralded as one of the best television series of all time, but it wasn’t a huge success right off the bat.

Gilligan also touched on the pure magic that was Bryan Cranston’s performance on the series. He took a character from good to pure evil and we followed him every step of the way. Cranston went on to win the Emmy award four times for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Drama Series.

Apparently, Cranston was pretty evil in real life too.

Betsy Brandt talked about Marie’s love of purple.

And Dean Norris talked about the trust he had in Villigan’s writing when it came to Hank not knowing about Walt’s secret until the end.

Gilligan said that he loved The Walking Dead’s blue meth crossover from season 1!

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So, what about Better Call SaulWhile Aaron and Bryan aren’t going to be appearing on season 4, Gilligan teased that one day they will definitely be slipping back on Walt and Jesse’s shoes. Heck, anyone from Breaking Bad could guest star!

And with the success of Better Call Saul, Gilligan isn’t counting out anyone getting their own spinoff.

But, if you’re thinking that Breaking Bad should get a reboot, think again because Bryan Cranston has spoken his thoughts on the matter.

Overall, the panel was a huge heartwarming success and a testament to just how impacting Breaking Bad was to television and the lives of those who watched it.

I think that Bill Burr said it best:

Breaking Bad premiered on January 20, 2008, on AMC and followed Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who finds himself in the dark world of cooking meth with his clueless apprentice Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The series went on to win 16 Emmy awards and currently holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. It inspired a spin-off, Better Call Saul, and still remains to be on the most well-written and thought out series to ever hit the small screen. The last time the Breaking Bad cast were all together at SDCC was back in 2013 when they attended for the series’ fifth and final season.

To see what’s happening next with Better Call Saul, head here!

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