Breaking Bad Turns 10: Rian Johnson on the Show’s Legacy

Before he took the helm of the biggest movie franchise in the world and delivered Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was just a humble indie director (okay, he’s still pretty humble) who made a small screen splash by directing three of the best episodes of one of the best TV shows of all time — AMC’s Breaking Bad.

The Emmy-winning drama, created by Vince Gilligan, charted the rise and fall of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a nebbish high school chemistry teacher who evolved into a remorseless drug kingpin, becoming one of the most iconic antiheroes to ever grace our screens. His desolate world — located in Albuquerque, New Mexico — was populated by countless memorable characters (including one who got his own spinoff), but Walt’s partner in crime was one of his former students, the lovable and perpetually troubled Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

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