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The last time we talked about AMC’s roller coaster of a suburban drug-lord drama, Breaking Bad, the photo we posted depicted partners in crime Walter White and Jesse Pinkman seated side by side, dressed to the nines in matching haz-mat suits, cold ones in-hand.

At this point, so much has gone so wrong for every single character, leaving the show’s legions of fans equal parts stupefied and riveted, that we’re not even sure what an appropriate visual—directly pertaining to the show and not rife with spoilers—would be. So instead, here’s Pinkman’s alter ego, aka two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul, by all indications having the time of his life.

It’s good to know that our favorite Breaking Bad character—a small-time crook in a shark-tank of very bad guys, who’s been in over his head since approximately episode two, spent most of the past season alternately sobbing and attempting to give millions in morally tainted cash away to strangers, and attempted to triple-cross Mr. White for most likely the last time—is faring better in real life than he is on the show.

Even though he’s, you know, on it, Aaron Paul seems to be one of the show’s biggest fans. Follow him on Instagram (@GlassOfWhiskey) for a steady stream of the very best Breaking Bad inside jokes—like the false revelation and fun with fake babies above. He’s even hosting a contest in which a lucky winner can watch the series finale with him, VIP-style, in LA.

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Further Breaking Bad reading—because, if you’re like us, you’re into it:


1. Red-Carpet Criminals. Despite Pinkman’s oversized, skull-emblazoned, mall-thug duds—and Walter White’s unusual tendency toward beige-on-beige-on-beige (and tighty-whities)—Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston clean up incredibly well when duty calls. More here.


2. The One Who Knocks. Read GQ’s interview with the show’s leading man, Bryan Cranston, here. [Photo: Nathaniel Goldberg.]


3. One Hell of a Trip. Evidence that Cranston (right, in 1977) has been into Winnebagos for a while now. More here.


4. Don’t Try This at Home. It’s never been easier to build your own meth lab! Except for the fact that this unauthorized, comically accurate Lego set sold out even faster than Heisenberg’s coveted narcotics.

 

TWO EPISODES LEFT.
Breaking Bad’s penultimate episode airs this Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.
Previous seasons are on Netflix.

Zombie Ryan Gosling. They have next to nothing in common (other than being named beacons of ‘high-bro’ culture by GQ last year)—we just think there’s something deviantly hilarious about crossing an impossibly charming heartthrob (beloved by feminists and Ellen, among others) with perhaps the most vile thing to ever infest TV screens: the reanimated corpses on AMC’s zombie drama, The Walking Dead.

Two tips for pulling this off with aplomb:
1) Comb your hair. A sloppy coif will ruin any resemblance to the always-groomed Gosling.
2) Take it easy with the zombie makeup. No festering wounds, no missing lips or jaws. Your riffs on ‘Hey girl—I love brains’ pick-up lines will have a higher success rate if you simply go matte-grey, with some dark circles under the eyes.

Robert Talbott pocket square | Zombie cream | Etro blazer
Eton dress shirt | Gucci velvet loafers | B. the Product styling paste

 

Watch The Walking Dead Sunday nights on AMC.

 

[Images: Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love. courtesy of Carousel Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures; The Walking Dead comic-book cover courtesy of Image Comics; zombie makeup courtesy of Party City. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

The fifth and final season of AMC’s addictive science-teacher-gone-meth-kingpin saga, Breaking Bad, premieres this Sunday at 10/9c.

Critics call it the best show on TV—maybe ever. New fans have been known to binge-watch the first four seasons in the span of four days to catch up. Bryan Cranston three-peated the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, 2008–2010, for his role as inexplicably likable lead-villain Walter White. (You can’t truly fathom his range as an actor until you’ve caught a Malcolm in the Middle episode or two.)

Usually it’s not the increasingly dire catastrophes, so much as the nail-biting ways in which the characters escape them, that are so riveting to watch. In a series this uncompromising, though, it’s unlikely everyone’s luck will last. Tune in Sunday to watch everything go horribly wrong—in the best possible way.

Further Reading: GQ did a great interview with Aaron Paul, who plays White’s often-drug-addled, occasionally heroic (and recently double-crossed) right-hand man Jesse Pinkman. Read it here.

 

[Photo by Frank Ockenfels, courtesy of AMCTV.com.]

The season-five finale of Mad Men a few nights ago ended with a brief chain of events that threatened to decimate the central premise of the entire season—namely, a new Don Draper: less work-obsessed, more monogamous, and less haunted (literally) by demons from his past.

Despite the revelatory plot twist, it was hardly shocking to see classic Draper reemerge—and beguile the best-looking ’60s mod-era minx in the bar, and her friend, without even trying.

What was unexpected, though, was this season’s occasional loosening-up of the definitive Mad Men uniform  (trim suit + white shirt + narrow tie). Secondary characters came into their own, style-wise, and even Draper and Roger Sterling relaxed a little. Read on for our top five less-buttoned-up looks of the season.


1. Off-Duty Don. He wore this timeless, casual-yet-polished combo to the office—on a Sunday. Take a cue and make an effort, even when you don’t have to. Shop V-Neck Sweaters.
Shown: Etro | Kenzo | Dockers

 


2. “Dinner-Party” Roger. Couldn’t resist including this scene of Sterling, in the bath with his quasi-estranged second wife, hallucinating that he’s at Yankee Stadium. Directly prior, he was talked into trying LSD by a group of hippie intellectuals—while wearing a perfect navy blazer and power tie (Sterling’s version of ‘casual,’ as opposed to his standard three-piece suit). Shop Navy Blazers.
Shown: Hickey Freeman | Psycho Bunny | Hugo

 


3. Stan Rizzo’s Stripes. Mad Men nails all the differences—in personality and attire—between account men and creative types. Rizzo, an art director, makes casual-staple polo shirts look office-ready on a daily basis, thanks to a trim fit and clean lines. Shop Polo Shirts.
Shown: Rag & Bone | Gant Rugger | Boss Orange

 


4. Harry Crane’s Adventurous Side. We decided to pass up the vibrant, prep-staple plaid dinner jackets donned by Draper, Cosgrove and Campbell early in the season, and instead focus on the subtler, but still statement-making patterns that TV-exec-schmoozing Crane has caught on to. Shop Plaid Sportcoats.
Shown: Hart Schaffner Marx | Psycho Bunny | Hart Schaffner Marx

 


5. Ginsberg’s Creative Streak.
The new guys’ clothes are like his thoughts: scattered, a little messy, but inevitably a glimpse of brilliance shines through. His pattern-mixing here is a travesty, but his printed shirt is as on-point in 2012 as it was in 1967. Shop Novelty-Print Shirts.
Shown: Etro | Eton | Kenzo

 

In Closing: We’re sad to see Mad Men go—but at least the new season of True Blood premiered the same night. Which means less Megan, but more of this guy. Fair enough.

 

 [Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown. Images courtesy of AMC and Lionsgate. Don, Stan and Harry via GQ.com; Roger and Ginsberg via polentical.com.]

June 8, 2012

Mad Men Finale

Mad Men’s fifth season comes to a close this Sunday night at 10/9c. This long-delayed, much-anticipated season has seen Don Draper get a new wife, a (temporary) new work-life balance, and endure 30 whole seconds of a Beatles record before getting up to turn it off and pour another Scotch. Old-school ad man Roger Sterling dropped acid. Pete Campbell finally got punched in the face. And Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce “promoted” its first female partner—while another partner unexpectedly “resigned.”

After all that, there’s no telling what will go down Sunday night. But two things are for sure: Draper’s late-season return to form will continue to put the mere mortals of The Pitch (AMC’s reality-TV version of Mad Men’s ad-agency drama) to shame; and, the clothes will be impeccable, as per usual.

Check back next week for our own full-season style recap. Until then—
Shop: Trim Suits | Narrow Ties | Trim-Fit Dress Shirts | Tie Clips

 

[Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products mentioned. Photo courtesy of AMC.]