Six years after its series finale first aired, Breaking Bad is still widely regarded as one of the best TV shows of all time (and it’s got the awards cabinet to prove it).
The story of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman hooked viewers around the world, and actor Aaron Paul has no doubts over what made Breaking Bad such a phenomenon in the first place.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press, the actor praised the way creator Vince Gilligan and the AMC show’s writers kept us all on the edge of our seats at the end of each episode.
“I just think that they didn’t hold back any punches and the writers knew how to format a story in a beautiful way,” Aaron explained.
“Each episode ended on such a cliffhanger and you just found yourself lying in bed at night saying, ‘Well, maybe I could do one more episode’. Lots of people caught up on it after it had been on the air, and so people just kept pressing play.”
The actor added that another reason why viewers kept coming back for more was the impressive level of character development, as all of the main characters continued to evolve with each new experience over the course of the series.
“It was a show that watched not just Walt, but every character evolve,” Aaron added. “They weren’t afraid to change these characters. They suffered from the consequences and the actions around them.
“You see in a lot of cop dramas, say a police officer shoots a bunch of people and the next day, they go back to work and it’s not a big deal. You just murdered six people. That’s a heavy thing to have on your shoulders.
“So that’s what they did here. Especially with Hank and seeing that trauma. He was going through PTSD and it was brilliant to watch, but also hard to watch.
“It really took the audience on that journey with these characters. That’s what made the show so special,” he concluded.
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