'Breaking Bad' final season: nastier but split in two [VIDEO]

"Breaking Bad" begins its final season on July 15 and in the run up to the premiere the show's star Bryan Cranston, who plays Walt White promises fans that it will be what he calls, a "nasty ride."

"Breaking Bad's" season four finale, fittingly entitled "Face Off" ended with a bomb blast that sawed off half the face of drug kingpin Gus, played with evil intensity by Giancarlo Espositio.

How anything else in the final 16 episodes of "Breaking Bad" could top that is questionable, but if anyone knows it should be Cranston.

In the season finale Cranston's While reached depths of evil the audience and the character never knew he could. To survive Gus' intention of killing him, Walter White poisoned a child who is loved by White's partner in crime meth addict turned meth maker and dealer Jesse in order to save his own life.

It is the second person close to Jesse that Walt could be blamed for killing, all to protect the partners' identities and true professions. In season two, Jesse and his girlfriend were sleeping off a heroin episode when Walt gained entry to Jesse's abode. He does nothing as Jane chokes to death on her own vomit. When Jesse awakes Walt is no longer there and he has blamed himself for Jane's death since that time.

Yet, Walter White has killed to protect Jesse, including taking down two of drug lord Gus' best dealers. The murders pile up for Mr. White who in the beginning of his drug life believed he could make enough money to cover his expenses and then move back to being a suburban dweller with a teaching job.

Walter White began life on "Breaking Bad" as a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer, who couldn't afford his medical treatment and turned to using his chemistry skills in a meth lab for big bucks.

From that to his total immersion in the dealing of methamphetamine and the things he has done to maintain secrecy and protect himself and the family he put in jeopardy, would make one's hair curl. White's would too if he had any. The shaved head he adopted in the aftermath of his chemo treatments remains and combined with his facial hair and grim face Walter White suits his role of tortured criminal, playing the part of a middle class father and husband.

Bryan Cranston told Entertainment Weekly, "I get questions from people all the time: 'How are we supposed to still like you? It's turning so dark!"

To which he responds "We would be doing a disservice to our viewers if we backed down from what we've promised. And we have no intention of doing that. It's a nasty ride. And it's all because the man making this decision was selfish and hasty and he compromised his integrity. That's the morality tale we're player here."

Aaron Paul said this season is "...our craziest one yet." as he spent time talking with cameramen taping a behind-the-scenes video for AMC's website.

Fans of "Breaking Bad" will not get season five's 16 episodes all at once. That would be too easy. AMC has chosen to break them into two summer seasons of eight each.

TVGuide.com reported in April that the network had yet to finally settle on a schedule to air the last eight episodes but the announcement was made recently.

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