Tonight marks the end of one of television’s most watched shows, “Breaking Bad.” The five-season standout became the most popular non-football program on Sunday nights. 6.4 million viewers witnessed season after season the metamorphosis of its anti-hero, Walter White, go from a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer into a meth-making drug kingpin. The shows gut-wrenching performances by a stellar cast had fans going on an emotionally breathless ride, falling prey to the show’s intense story lines. After the show’s finale, and after the emotional rubble has been excavated, fans will be wondering what’s next for the cast of “Breaking Bad?”
Right now, there’s not much about the future plans of the entire cast, but as luck would have it, fans will be happy to know that they will be seeing more of Bryan Cranston (Walter White) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman).
Sometime later this fall, Cranston will reprise his guest role of 2007 as Hammon Druthers, Ted’s annoying ex-boss, in the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” On May 16, Cranston fans should plan to see “Godzilla,” when the actor once again plays a scientist. Next year, Cranston will appear in “Cold Comes the Night” as a kidnapper and career criminal who abducts motel owner, Alice Eve. By 2015, “Breaking Bad” will be a distant memory and Cranston will be part of the cast of Kung Fu Panda 3, where his fans will recognize his voice when he plays Jack Black’s panda dad in what comes next, but an animated movie. On a more serious note, Cranston will appear in the movie “Trumbo,” in the role of the famous screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo. Blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities’ Committee, during the 1950’s, Trumbo continued to write scripts, including the popular “Spartacus” and “Roman Holiday.”
As for Paul, “Breaking Bad” fans can look forward to seeing him on March 14 in “Need for Speed,” a film based on the EA video game in which his character builds and races muscle cars. At the end of next year, look for Paul as Joshua alongside Christian Bale as Moses in the biblical epic, “Exodus.” Also in 2014, Paul will appear in “Hellion,” an indie drama set in Texas with co-star Juliette Lewis. In “A Long Way Down,” Paul will join Pierce Brosnan, Rosamunde Pike and Toni Colette in movie about the accidental meeting of four people contemplating suicide on the roof of a building on New Year’s Eve.
The creator of “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan is working on two new series, including “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to “Breaking Bad,” featuring Walter White’s attorney, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in the leading role. Fans may be watching this new show on AMC. Gilligan is also involved in the CBS drams, “Battle Creek,” which takes place in the town of the same name and is about two-detectives with very different investigative styles.
The finale tonight of “Breaking Bad” will be tough emotionally for many fans to get through, just as some of its previous episodes were. If it lives up to the media hype, it will be long and a little distressing to see something so profoundly part of so many people’s Sunday nights come to an end. But, like the cast of “Breaking Bad,” viewers will soon be asking for “What’s next?”
By: Lisa Nance