The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing one week from today on AMC - a pop culture event preceded by 13 Emmy nominations for the bloody and brilliant show, a Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame star ceremony for actor Bryan Cranston, numerous appearances before media and fans, and endless speculation about the final fate of his high school teacher-turned-drug lord character, Walter White. Will Walt go down in a hail of bullets? Get captured by his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris)? Will he and former student-turned-long-suffering-partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) retire from the methamphetamine trade and live out their days in cozy suburban quietude?
At the Mad Men Season 6 premiere last month at the Director's Guild Theater in Hollywood, Jon Hamm told reporters that the drama's time frame for this season has parallels to today - an intriguing idea, in that Mad Men is now in 1968, arguably the most dramatic year of calamity and change in those tumultuous times. (Yes, yes - we know hyper-secretive series creator Matt Weiner wanted the year kept under wraps, but it has already been reported elsewhere.)
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