‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ Fans Will Get Their Fix with New Docuseries ‘The Broken and the Bad,’ Hosted By Giancarlo Esposito
Breaking Bad aired their final episode in 2013. The follow-up made for TV movie, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie came out in 2019. And ever since 2015, fans have been following along with the story of how small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill transforms into con man criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul.
As Breaking Bad devotees eagerly await the last season of Better Call Saul, which is scheduled to air sometime in 2021, there’s an exciting surprise on the horizon to help quell the itch for even more content.
AMC recently announced a docuseries called the Broken and the Bad that will explore the realities of living in a Breaking Bad world.
‘The Broken and the Bad’ takes fans back to Walt and Jesse’s world
Not everyone thought Breaking Bad was realistic, but some parts of it were completely accurate. In the six-part docuseries The Broken and the Bad, producers will explore the true-life world of drug dealing. The trailer promises to take viewers inside a meth house and on a ride-along with border agents.
And the best part of all? It’s being narrated by actor Giancarlo Esposito, who played the supervillain Gus Fring drug kingpin on the series. The Broken and the Bad will premiere on AMC July 9.
Fans will take a deep dive into the real world of drugs
Breaking Bad showed the dark side of drug dealing and didn’t glamorize the criminal world too much. But the docuseries will explore those topics more deeply and from a more realistic standpoint.
“The fictional world of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is built on meth labs, shady cartel dealings, questionable legal practices, con artistry, false identities, and even bizarre medical conditions. But what about these themes’ real-life counterparts?” Esposito says in the trailer.
He also explains how the new series will delve into the psychology of con artists and hitmen. They’ll even tackle the topic of real-life electromagnetic sensitivity, the condition Jimmy’s brother Chuck experiences on Better Call Saul, TV Insider reported.
Was ‘Breaking Bad’ realistic?
Aaron Paul, who played Jesse on Breaking Bad, says he did his research before acting out the part. “I spent a lot of time with former addicts and people that were using at that moment. I wanted to try and bring as much honesty to this character as I could, and I saw a darker side to people that I’ve never witnessed before.” Paul said during a Reddit AMA.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan promised that even if you followed the process step by step that Walt and Jesse use, you wouldn’t come out with real meth. “That was actually one of the concerns of a lot of people, but Vince Gilligan has been very clever,” the show’s science adviser, Donna Nelson, said. “If you just simply followed the one synthesis as it’s presented, you wouldn’t come out with methamphetamine.”
But it does look true enough to pass for the real thing. Expect to hear more about the process on The Broken and the Bad.