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Gilligan Has Something Nice to Say About WGA Strike

January 8, 2009 5:44 PM

Season two of AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated series “Breaking Bad” will have a “slam-bang” ending, creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan promised Thursday afternoon during a session at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles.

One of the new season’s first images will give viewers a clue as to where the season is going, Mr. Gilligan said.

Along the way, the show will take a number of interesting side roads, he said, including one that was imposed on the writers when the New Mexico home where one of the characters lives was sold out from under the production.

Season one of “Breaking Bad” was cut short by the Writers Guild of America strike. While the strike was an “awful, terrible thing,” Mr. Gilligan said it might have had a silver lining for the series.

He’d originally planned a big ending for the season, but was fortunate not to have the opportunity to film it.

“I realized I wanted to slow things down,” he said. “The strike saved us from doing too much too soon.”

—Jon Lafayette

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