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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.

We tend to gloss over at the sight of red carpets, but these candid, backstage polaroids—shot by photographer Lucas Michael at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, using a Warhol-era instant camera—capture stars looking like real people. Well-dressed, attractive, hilarious real people, but still.

While Paul Rudd, above left, definitely took home the night’s prize for best botched dialog, his bow tie comes off as a little stiff. We’ll award best-dressed to the incomparable Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, whose floppy bow carries far more character—and gives an appropriate nod to 19th-century presidential style.

Check out more of our favorites below (click images to enlarge)—and view the rest at New York Magazine’s Vulture.com.


Christoph Waltz. Buzz cut x thick rims—digging the Trainspotting vibe.
Julianne Moore. What can we say, we’re suckers for freckles.
Ben Affleck. Brash peak lapels are befitting an actor turned very serious director.


Adam Driver. Went from clearly psychotic to strangely sane on HBO’s Girls.
Morena Baccarin & Morgan Saylor. Damian Lewis’ TV fam deserves props for putting up with him.
Sacha Baron Cohen.
Polka dots and a 4 o’clock (not 5 o’clock) shadow add chutzpah to his tux.


Bryan Cranston. Killer goatee. But what, no Pinkman?
Jennifer Lawrence. Date-night alert: Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com you won’t hate.
Quentin Tarantino. The man still has a way with words—and a knack for memorable soundtracks.

 

Because you never know when you might get snapped backstage:
SHOP TUXEDOS & FORMALWEAR

 

[Photos by Lucas Michael, via New York Magazine's Vulture.com. 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.]