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Breaking Bad - Season 4

The fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 17, 2011 and concluded on October 9, 2011. It consists of 13 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length. AMC broadcast the fourth season on Sundays at 10:00 pm ET in the United States. The complete fourth season was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray on June 5, 2012.[1]

Breaking Bad - Season 4


On June 14, 2010, AMC announced that Breaking Bad was renewed for a fourth, 13-episode season.[15] The writers began brainstorming and writing for the season in early July 2010.[16] At the 2011 Television Critics Association press tour, it was announced production on the season would begin January 13, 2011.[17] Filming ended in mid-June of that year.[18] Although the writing staff knew the fourth season would focus primarily on the ongoing feud between Walter White and Gus Fring, they did not specifically plan out the entire season before production began, but rather developed the story as the episodes progressed. This followed a pattern similar to that of the third season and differed distinctly from the second season, where the entire storyline of the season was planned out in advance. Gilligan compared the fourth season to a "13-episode chess game" between Gus and Walt.[19]

Originally, mini episodes of four minutes in length were to be produced before the premiere of the fourth season,[20] but these did not come to fruition.[21] Actor Bryan Cranston commented that the season would debut in July 2011 in an interview with New York Magazine, he also said, regarding the premiere date, that "It was a decision from AMC that they wanted to position us in July... They want to attract as many eyeballs as possible, away from the heavy competition of the September, November [or] January start."[22]

The fourth season received numerous awards and nominations, including 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Aaron Paul won the only award for the series, winning for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Its nominations included Outstanding Drama Series, Bryan Cranston for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Giancarlo Esposito for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Mark Margolis for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Vince Gilligan for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series ("Face Off"), Michael Slovis for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series ("Face Off"), and Kelley Dixon and Skip Macdonald each for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series ("End Times" and "Face Off"). "Face Off" was also nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.[32]

How exactly did Walt poison Brock in Breaking Bad? The incident took place in season 4 of the AMC hit series but the truth didn't come out until the following year. The character Brock Cantillo (Ian Posada) was the six-year-old son of Jesse Pinkman's girlfriend, Andrea (Emily Rios). Brock greatly admired Jesse and the two would often hang out and bond over video games. After Jesse and Andrea broke up, he continued to send them money through Saul Goodman so they could afford a better living situation. The pair reunited in Breaking Bad season 4, but shortly after, Brock was rushed to the hospital with a serious illness - but did Walt poison Brock?

Brock ultimately survived the illness and made a full recovery. Walt later encountered Brock and seemed very uneasy around the young boy. His actions have obviously caused a lot of guilt for how he used a child's health to mess with Jesse. While Walter White had many breaking points throughout the series, many fans consider Walter White poisoning Brock as the moment Heisenberg really turned evil, dropping any remnants of the morality he once had and focusing on retaining power regardless of who he had to harm to achieve it. Jesse eventually put the puzzle pieces together and figured out that Walt was responsible, causing an enormous amount of turmoil between the two men. Jesse also confronted Saul Goodman, who admitted that he did help Walt but didn't know that his intention was to poison a young boy.

Since appearing in Breaking Bad from 2010-2013, Ian Posada hasn't been in much, but he did play one of drug lord Fausto Alarcón's sons in 2015's Sicario. It's an interesting coincidence that both of Posada's major roles have been in content centered around illegal drug dealing, but fortunately, Sicario keeps him mostly out of harm's way, unlike Breaking Bad. What happened to Brock after Breaking Bad also remains a mystery. The AMC series features plenty of tough moments, but Brock's poisoning in Breaking Bad season 4 is one of the hardest to watch.

Structurally, the finale (and season 4) had echoes of season 3: Walt is beaten for much of the season and pulls off a long-shot attempt to extricate himself by leveraging Jesse. But where the season 3 ender was deliberate, and sweeping, Western-like in its images, this was more like a ticking-bomb thriller (which, I suppose, it was).

AMC orders 16-episode final season of Breaking BadAnd Mike (Jonathan Banks) is still out there somewhere. Do you think he'll seek revenge for Gus?Esposito: I think it's very possible Mike will be back and try to pick up the pieces. I think there's a possibility that Mike and Jesse would come into play and be strongly aligned, and I think Walter's going to really have to watch out.Now that Jesse knows Gus didn't give Brock the ricin, do you think he suspects Walt?Esposito: I think he does. ... I think there's a possibility that Jesse and Walter may have it out. The fact is that Gus did not do it, and I really believe that's going to lead in the last 16 episodes to a big questioning of Jesse and Walt's relationship, which is going to lead to some downfall on both of their parts. They could kill each other. Who knows?What has playing this character meant to you?Esposito: I set myself up to do something that was truly different in its nature, by creating a character who is ... so relaxed and so poised and cultured. It took a lot of courage to be able lay back on something and try to create someone who was so calm. I let the menace come out of my movements and my eyes and everything else. I did what I set out to do, and I think I've created a character that will live on for a long time in people's nightmares.And now you're doing fairy tales on Once Upon a Time!Esposito: [Laughs] Yeah, I'm now up in Vancouver shooting Once Upon a Time, playing the magic mirror. It's been fantastic just getting this work under my belt. It's a little different. It's dramatic, but it's funny. So I get a chance to play a guy with some comedy. It's an interesting piece to follow up Breaking Bad with. It's really nice to be able to be doing something completely different.Are you sad to see Gus go? What did you think of the finale?

And it's true. Walter White is no longer a man trying to look and act the part of a ruthless, well-reasoned, cold-hearted drug dealer. The fourth season finale of what is making its case to be the greatest show in television history made it clear: Heisenberg really is gone. Gus Fring 2.0 is in his place.

Throughout four seasons, viewers had seen this chemistry teacher go from an average, no-confident Joe to a ego-maniacal loose canon. He wanted to be tough, he wanted to be the man in charge and he thought the world revolved around his every action. But a lot of that was a farce, as emphasized over these final few heart-pounding episodes, as Jesse rose up the drug operation ranks and Walt grew more and more ostracized.

Again, this was a straightforward episode (with one major exception: it skipped over a great deal of Walt's plan - having Saul's bodyguard life Jesse's Ricin cigarette, never revealing how Walt slipped the berries to Brock - something that could understandably bother many viewers who felt this was an example of manipulative, misleading storytelling). It took its time to arrive at that parking garage roof, literally spelling out multiple scenes with Hector to build tension like it often does so well, but the aim of this season was to finally anoint Walt as a winner. In a Charlie Sheen-like sense of the word, of course.

Breaking Bad is undoubtedly the best show on television. Is it the best ever? Where will it go from here? Will Walt organize a New Mexico cartel of his own? We have awhile to wait and awhile to debate, but does any of that matter right now? I'd prefer to savor the incredible season that just passed - from the acting to the camera work to the storytelling - than begin to worry about the final 16 episodes. Just truly amazing stuff all around.

Walter White purchases a Ruger LCR from the illegal arms dealer Lawson (Jim Beaver) along with a leather I.W.B. holster in "Thirty-Eight Snub" (S4E02). The arms dealer recommends he load it with 158 grain hollow points for good stopping power, and also recommends he not cross draw unless he is sitting down. Although the Ruger is seen quite a bit in season 4, Walt only successfully uses it once.

Before the panel started, Hall H was shown a trailer for the new season in which clearly Jimmy McGill is on his way to becoming Saul Goodman, with the death of his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) taking the ethical brakes off.

Here's what makes 2017 interesting: Game of Thrones won't be eligible this year; the majority of a show's season needs to have aired by the May 31 deadline to qualify for eligibility -- Game of Thrones won't even have started when nominations are announced. House of Cards got in just under the wire, dropping all of its episodes on May 30, but will Emmy voters have had a chance to watch it all? Downton Abbey is over, and Mr. Robot's second season didn't deliver on its promise. Homeland and The Americans are still going strong, so at least one will definitely appear in the category, but the path is largely cleared for a new wave of dramas. 041b061a72


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