July 13th, 2012
09:36 AM ET
"Breaking Bad" returns to AMC on Sunday for the first half if its fifth and final season, and star Bryan Cranston has warned that you'll need to put on your big person underpants.
“You will s***, uncontrollably, watching this new season," the Emmy-winning actor, who portrays the terminally ill chemistry teacher-turned-crystal meth kingpin, Walter White, on the acclaimed series, told THR.
He laughingly added that his character "gets a bevy of hookers, [and] he goes crazy!" before growing more serious.
"With Gus gone now, Walt is more in control this season and we get to see [his wife] Skyler becoming more of his equal," Cranston told the magazine. "Also, characters from earlier in the series may be popping in again – like Jesse’s friends Skinny Pete and Badger. Anything can happen now, and will.”
Aaron Paul, who plays White's partner Jesse Pinkman, seconded that uncertainty - except when it comes to one thing.
“You never know anyone’s fate on this show… but we know it’s not going to end pretty," Paul said. "The countdown is on. It’s a bloodbath, I’ll tell you that. It’s brutal."
But, the 32-year-old actor cautions, while show creator Vince Gilligan "keeps pushing the envelope with darker and darker stories," "Breaking Bad" doesn't go to the dark side without reason.
"We’re trying to tell an honest story," Paul said. "And all these actions have circumstances the characters have to deal with. It gets very heavy and very dirty this season, like nothing we’ve seen before.”
We'll see for ourselves when the first eight episodes of "Breaking Bad's" final season begins Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m. ET. The second half of the season will air next year.
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