Breaking Bad

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

Star­ring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Dean Nor­ris July 15 at 9 p.m., AMC For many TV ad­dicts, the ar­rival of Breaking Bad’s fifth (and fi­nal) sea­son is the must-see event of the sum­mer. Bryan Cranston, for­merly pi­geon­holed as a com­edy ac­tor ( Se­in­feld, Mal­colm in the Mid­dle), has turned in ar­guably the best multi-sea­son dra­matic per­for­mance of the past half-decade, as cancer-di­ag­no­sis-driven high-school teacher Wal­ter White has de­scended deeper into the dark world of drugs and crime. In the new 16-episode sea­son (which will be split into two eight-in­stal­ment runs), Walt and side­kick Jesse (Aaron Paul) con­tinue their ruth­less rise to full-king­pin sta­tus. crit­ics as a wa­tered-down ver­sion of HBO’s much grit­tier Dead­wood, this wild-West yarn set against the con­struc­tion of the transcon­ti­nen­tal rail­road earned a sec­ond-sea­son re­newal from AMC. An­son Mount is a for­mi­da­ble pres­ence as Cullen Bo­han­non, a for­mer Con­fed­er­ate sol­dier with a score to set­tle on the law­less fron­tier, and Colm Meaney is over the top as vil­lain­ous rail­road baron Doc Du­rant.

Julie Chen of Big Brother

Bryan Cranston



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