Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. To provide financial security for his family after he dies, he turns to a life of crime, producing methamphetamine with a former student Jesse Pinkman played by Aaron Paul.
Coming up in Season 3
Walt (Bryan Cranston) continues to battle duelling identities: a desperate husband and father trying to provide for his family, and a newly appointed key player in the Albuquerque drug trade. As the danger around him escalates, Walt is now entrenched in the complex worlds of an angst-ridden family on the verge of dissolution, and the ruthless and unrelenting drug cartel.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Created by Vince Gilligan of The X Files. Gilligan says 'Breaking Bad' means 'to raise hell'.
The series has won numerous awards and nominations. Cranston has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for three consecutive years. Overall, the show has won 26 industry awards and been nominated for a further 58.
Gilligan cast Bryan Cranston for the role of Walter White after working with him in a sixth season episode of the science fiction television series The X-Files, where Gilligan worked as a writer.
Gilligan wanted to create a series in which the protagonist became the antagonist. "Television is historically good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or even decades," he said. "When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?"
Gilligan said the character had to be simultaneously loathsome and sympathetic, and that "Bryan alone was the only actor who could do that, who could pull off that trick.
Producers were initially reluctant with the casting choice, having known Cranston only as the over-the-top character Hal on the comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, but they were persuaded after Gilligan screened the X-Files episode for them.
Star Bryan Cranston has become increasingly involved behind the camera as the series has progressed. He began directing episodes as of the second season and became a producer for the fourth season.
Season 3 of Breaking Bad premieres on FOUR soon.