New poster for the forthcoming season, released today by AMC!
The secret to Breaking Bad‘s realistic-looking meth revealed
Breaking Bad’s” fifth and final season begins on July 15. For those not yet addicted to the AMC series, it stars Bryan Cranston as chemistry teacher turned meth maker Walter White, and has been on the air since 2008.
Whether or not they are fans of the show, Gilligan notes that he has heard from meth addicts and “cooks,” as well. The realism, so to speak, impresses them. He said, “We do hear from the occasional partaker of meth and former cooks. I assume they are former. They are impressed with our meth skills.”
For assistance in said realism, “Breaking Bad” has input from the DEA in Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Dallas, as well. Gilligan added, “We have a DEA chemist who oversaw our very first meth-cooking sequence in our RV, back in the pilot. ‘OK, this step here, this is where you detract the blah, blah, blah.’ I asked, ‘What would it look like?’ He said, ‘Sort of like Strawberry Quik.’ So I said, ‘Go get some Strawberry Quik!’ ” And Nestle has never been the same.
Just one season later, Gilligan received some high praise from other members of the DEA. He said, “Some DEA honchos were in our meth lab and were like: ‘Wow. This is like the real thing. That made me feel good. You take the pleasures where you can find them.”
Strawberry Quik will be in less demand on AMC’s lots after Season Five. That said, Gilligan still has no idea how the critically acclaimed drama will end. Or rather, he has only a vague idea. He has come to this point without the end defined totally, but it is coming into focus. Gilligan expressed a bit of nervousness at that, speaking to THR. He said, “With every day we have a little bit clearer picture of how it ends. I would like to know more about how it ends, frankly. I would feel more comfortable.”
Although this is “Breaking Bad’s” final season, fans have two years of viewing left. The season will be split into two parts, with 16 episodes in all. Eight will be aired in 2012, and eight in 2013, with the first episodes airing beginning July 15.