'Breaking Bad' Finale Approaches With AMC Hit's Fans Transfixed

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Monday, 12 Aug 2013 09:31 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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"Breaking Bad" is putting "it all on the line" as the series approached its finale, according to writer George Mastras, leaving fans clamoring for an ending that is fitting of the award-winning AMC show.

"Breaking Bad" has seven more episodes to go before the finale but is already awash in premature post-mortems, according to the New York Times, and the blogosphere is clogged with comments and speculation.

Fallout from the series "Dead Freight" episode sets the dramatic turns for the rest of the "Breaking Bad' season, Mastras told the Hollywood Reporter. He said the death of Drew Sharp will permanently challenge the relationship between stars Bryan Cranston (as Walt), Aaron Paul (who plays Jesse) and Jonathan Banks (Mike) that will carry out to the show's conclusion.

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"I feel like they are some of the best episodes of the entire series," Mastras told The Hollywood Reporter. "There's the feeling that 'yeah we're really going to put it all on the line and we're going to go for it.' They were hard-fought, and we put a lot into breaking them. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into figuring out the last eight."

Mastras said that, in a way, the episode crystalizes where the characters are in the series and what they feel they must do next.

"People will remember it as the train episode, but to me the heist is serving this moment where everything comes apart," said Mastras. "It's really about serving this crucial moment, which was going to be so important to all of these characters — what happens next after an innocent bystander was killed?"

David Weigand, of SFGate.com, said fans are interested in the seeing how things will end for Walt, the mild-manner high school chemistry teacher suffering from terminal cancer turned murderous meth kingpin. He said Walt's transformation has kept fans hanging on for five seasons.

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"In the beginning, Walter could justify turning to meth manufacture because he didn't think he had much time left and wanted to leave his family well protected after he was gone," Weigand wrote. "But even he cannot believe that convenient rationale anymore. So why does he keep doing it? In the larger sense, it's because Walter White's character has changed, and in order for him to become what he is now, there always had to be something inside him, a germ of dark desire, that the diagnosis of terminal cancer tapped into and began to nurture."

Rich Hedenfels, of the Akron Beacon Journal, said the series will have a hard time topping Sunday's episode, which takes place after Walt's DEA agent brother-in-law discovers Walt's double life, but it will be fun watching the writer try.

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