Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan: “Netflix kept us on the air”

"I don't think our show would have even lasted beyond season two... It's a new era in television, and we've been very fortunate to reap the benefits"

Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan may have created one of the most successful shows in the history of American television but he knows to give credit where credit’s due. 


Speaking to reporters after the show was named outstanding drama at last night’s Emmy Awards, Gilligan observed how “Television has changed a lot in six years (since “Bad” premiered). I’m no expert on the sociological elements of it, but I’ve got to think a big part of what has changed is streaming video on demand, particularly with operations like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime.”

He then went on to pay special tribute to one particular streaming service which has made the final season available to millions of Breaking Bad fans across the world just one day after the show’s American broadcast. “I think Netflix kept us on the air,” he admitted. “Not only are we standing up here (with the Emmy), I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two… It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

Breaking Bad’s star Bryan Cranston – who lost out to The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels in the best actor category – added, “This is an answer to a wish and a prayer. I’ve been blessed in the past, and this show has been nominated in the past, but what I really wanted was what we got: to celebrate the entire writing crew and cast. This is for all the crew that has worked so hard for us the past six years. This is the culmination of everything. This is one hell of a party, and what a way to go out.

“When we read these scripts, they were like unwrapping a present, because we too were wringing our hands and saying, ‘Oh my god!’ to ourselves. … (The writers) deserve the lion’s share of the appreciation for the success of this show. We’re the mouthpieces for them.”

The final episode of Breaking Bad will air in the US next Sunday 29 September and will be available to stream on Netflix the following day.