Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage.
There was an electric vibe in the air during today’s jam-packed Comic-Con session promoting the sixth and final season of Breaking Bad, the iconic AMC drama that returns for its final eight episodes on Aug. 11. First came the announcement that Chris Hardwick — the omnipresent Con moderator and host of AMC’s The Walking Dead post-show Talking Dead — will front the new Breaking Bad post-show called Talking Bad. (AMC announced the post-show at the upfronts in May.) The half-hour live after-show will follow every new Breaking Bad episode. Michael Davies’ Embassy Row produces Talking Bad in association with Sony Pictures TV. Creator Vince Gilligan was joined by castmates Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, RJ Mitte, and Dean Norris for the panel.
A clip that looked like the intro to the opening episode was aired at the conclusion of the session, which found the producer and cast positively reveling in the grandeur of the moment. (SPOILER ALERT!) Walter White (Cranston) again has a full head of hair in the clip, as did Cranston during the panel. And Cranston and Paul — both having scored Emmy noms this week — in particular were in a playful mood, posing and mugging with and even mock-kissing a prosthetic mask version of Walter’s sinister Heisenberg alter ego. Meanwhile, Gilligan admitted that he’s “so sad” that the show was ending. But he added, “We’re all feeling good about (how it concludes). There was no mention during the panel, however, of the planned spinoff series starring Odenkirk in his loosey-goosey attorney character. It’s been confirmed as Gilligan’s next project.