How do they top that? It's been the challenge of each new season of "Breaking Bad" -- and with the show's return Sunday, we'll find out if its fifth and final season is up to the challenge of being its best.
In the weeks leading up to the season 5 premiere, we spoke to "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, as well as Giancarlo Esposito, the man who brought Gus Fring to life and death. We heard promises of "a bloodbath," a "darker and uglier" season, and a "bigger, badder, bloodier, funnier, darker" show.
Except from Esposito. He talked about how playing Fring helped heal him.
The "Breaking Bad interviews:
Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston Promise a 'Darker and Uglier' 'Breaking Bad'
Aaron Paul: In the Palm of Walter White's Hand
Anna Gunn: Why People Used to Think 'Skyler's a Bitch'
Giancarlo Esposito and the Healing Power of Gus Fring
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'Breaking Bad' Getting 'Darker and Uglier,' Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan Promise
'Breaking Bad' Star Aaron Paul: In the Palm of Walter White's Hand
'Breaking Bad' Star Anna Gunn: Why People Used to Think, 'Skyler's a Bitch'