'Ozymandias', the latest episode of 'Breaking Bad', attracted the largest audience in the show's history, at approximately 6.4 million.
Breaking Bad continues to draw record breaking crowds in the lead up to its finale. The crime drama, following the exploits of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the chemistry teacher and crystal meth cook and his former student side-kick Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), has become one of the most talked about series in television history.
Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston at Lincoln Center & AMC celebration of Breaking Bad in New York.
Sunday night's episode, entitled Ozymandias, drew an audience of 6.4 million viewers, according to Nielson. This sets a record for the critically acclaimed drama. Recently the show has entered the Guinness Book of World Records, according to The Irish Times, by becoming the most critically acclaimed TV show of all time.
AMC released a statement yesterday promising fans of the show that a spin-off is in the works. The upcoming series will be centred on Saul Goodman, the lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk. The statement reads AMC "has a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television for a spinoff series of Vince Gilligan's landmark Breaking Bad, based on the Saul Goodman lawyer character with the working title Better Call Saul."
Bryan Cranston at the Lincoln Center, New York.
For those of you who missed the last (record breaking) episode, here's a quick recap (spoilers - so beware!)
Agent Gomez is dead and Hank is injured. Walt begs for his brother-in-law's life in exchange for the millions in cash Walt has stashed in the desert. Jack is merciless and shoots Hank dead. Walt loses seven of the eight cash he has stored in the desert when Jack and his crew take them. Along with the barrels, Jesse is taken as a hostage so he can cook meth for with Todd. Walt admits to Jesse that he watched Jane die. Walt is left in the desert where he eventually finds an elderly man willing to sell him a truck, using some money from his barrel.
Walt drives home and attempts to pack up the family house. Meanwhile Marie has told Skyler Walt is in Hank's custody. Walt Jr. is still uncertain about his father's criminal activities, but Skyler promises to tell him. When Skyler returns home to find Walt packing, but she refuses to leave with him. In response, Walt takes Holly and sets off. Skyler attempts to contact the police but Walt rings her and warns her against interfering. Finally, Walt's lawyer, Saul, helps him assume a new identity whilst he leaves Holly at a fire station.
The finale of the series is due to air on AMC on September 29th, with its penultimate episode airing this Sunday (22nd September).
Aaron Paul at the Lincoln Center.