Possible spoilers in the second paragraph if you've never watched the show.


Rarely does a TV drama provide as much entertainment through character development as AMC's Breaking Bad. Everyone seems to be talking about it, for one reason or another, but one recurring theme that seems to keep cropping up is how much of the show's arguable brilliance is down to the cast. As the key female character, Skyler White quickly develops a reputation for being a bitch, and Hank comes across as a bumbling likeness to Columbo. Now, as the show nears its end, all preconceptions have been wiped from our minds and replaced with deep, intelligent protagonists.

Now that Heisenberg has become the character everyone's heard of, perhaps Walter will spend less time walking around shamelessly in his pants and dedicate his final six-or-so hours of screentime to keeping his name clear. With a show like this, you simply can't have a finale where the main character who has lung cancer doesn't die of lung cancer. That or he will snuff it in a gun fight strewn with emotion between Hank and Jesse, over the deeds to the famous 'blue meth'.

With just eight episodes left of the fifth and final series, creator and producer Vince Gilligan is trying his best to extend the show's legacy for as long as possible. A two-hour long documentary has been announced that will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the last series in the making, including footage of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reading their last script together. What's nice about Walt and Jesse's relationship is how they need each other throughout the show, despite rough patches here and there. Jesse looks up to a new father figure, while Walt does what he does best; imparting his extensive knowledge upon someone willing to learn. Paul and Cranston are often photographed together hugging and smiling, emphasising the relationship the two actors have made during the show's duration.

Another exciting prospect is a spin-off show focusing on Saul Goodman, the disputed best and most important side-character. Saul's quick thinking and ballsy attitude sees many of Breaking Bad's most conniving out of many a tricky situation, in a cheeky, flippant way. Without Saul, the show's plot couldn't be nearly as complex and powerful, and since his conjuration by Peter Gould back in Season 2, Saul's stolen many an episode, deserving him a back-story chapter somewhere along the line. You can bet your hat it'll be yet another fantastic ride.

In the meantime, the final eight episodes are on their way, and they have a lot to live up to. As of August 11, Walt's end begins. But Gilligan's voice will doubtless live on.