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Breaking Bad
Season 4

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Starring
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Anna Gunn
  • Aaron Paul
  • Dean Norris
  • Betsy Brandt
  • RJ Mitte
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Jonathan Banks
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Release
Original networkAMC
Original releaseJuly 17 –
October 9, 2011
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The fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 17, 2011 and concluded on October 9, 2011. It consists of 13 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length. AMC broadcast the fourth season on Sundays at 10:00 pm ET in the United States. The complete fourth season was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray on June 5, 2012.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a terminally ill man who cooks meth so sánh he can provide for his family.
  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White, Walt's wife who helps him launder his drug money.
  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Walt's former student who helps him cook meth, and who is dealing with a traumatic sự kiện.
  • Dean Norris as Hank Schrader, Walt's brother-in-law who is a DEA agent, and is temporarily paraplegic.
  • Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader, Skyler's sister and Hank's kleptomaniac wife.
  • RJ Mitte as Walter White, Jr., Walt and Skyler's teenaged son with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, Walt's corrupt lawyer who helps him cover his crimes.
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo "Gus" Fring, a drug kingpin and owner of the fictional Los Pollos Hermanos. He is also the distributor of Walt's meth, though their relationship begins vĩ đại drain.
  • Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Gus' right-hand man and one of Saul's associates.

Recurring[edit]

  • Ray Campbell as Tyrus Kitt, one of Gus' henchman.
  • Lavell Crawford as Huell, one of Saul's associates.
  • Maurice Compte as Gaff, Don Eladio's right-hand man.
  • Steven Michael Quezada as Steven Gomez, Hank's partner at the DEA.
  • Emily Rios as Andrea Cantillo, Jesse's girlfriend.
  • David Costabile as Gale Boetticher, one of Gus' associates until he was killed by Jesse, he appears in a flashback scene.
  • Christopher Cousins as Ted Beneke, Skyler's old quấn who gets into legal trouble with the IRS.
  • Nigel Gibbs as APD Detective Tim Roberts, a homicide detective with the Albuquerque Police Department and one of Hank's colleagues.
  • Mark Margolis as "Tio" Hector Salamanca, a disabled former cartel kingpin and Gus' arch nemesis.
  • Marius Stan as Bogdan Wolynetz, the former owner of the xế hộp wash that Walt worked at.
  • Michael Shamus Wiles as ASAC George Merkert, the former head of the Albuquerque DEA office, Hank and Steve's former quấn.
  • Steven Bauer as Don Eladio, the leader of the cartel.
  • Bill Burr as Kuby, a con cái man and one of Saul's associates.
  • Tina Parker as Francesca Liddy, Saul's secretary.

Guest[edit]

  • Charles Baker as Skinny Pete, one of Jesse's friends.
  • Jim Beaver as Lawson, a dealer of illegal arms.
  • Jeremiah Bitsui as Victor, Gus' loyal henchman, who is killed by Gus vĩ đại prove a point vĩ đại Walt.
  • Jere Burns as Group Leader, the leader of a Group Therapy session that Jesse used vĩ đại attend.
  • Javier Grajeda as Juan Bolsa, a major cartel leader that Gus had killed via the Federales, he appears in flashback scenes.
  • Matt L. Jones as Badger, one of Jesse's friends.

Episodes[edit]

Production[edit]

On June 14, 2010, AMC announced that Breaking Bad was renewed for a fourth, 13-episode season.[15] The writers began brainstorming and writing for the season in early July 2010.[16] At the 2011 Television Critics Association press tour, it was announced production on the season would begin January 13, 2011.[17] Filming ended in mid-June of that year.[18] Although the writing staff knew the fourth season would focus primarily on the ongoing feud between Walter White and Gus Fring, they did not specifically plan out the entire season before production began, but rather developed the story as the episodes progressed. This followed a pattern similar vĩ đại that of the third season and differed distinctly from the second season, where the entire storyline of the season was planned out in advance. Gilligan compared the fourth season vĩ đại a "13-episode chess game" between Gus and Walt.[19]

Originally, mini episodes of four minutes in length were vĩ đại be produced before the premiere of the fourth season,[20] but these did not come vĩ đại fruition.[21] Actor Bryan Cranston commented that the season would debut in July 2011 in an interview with New York Magazine, he also said, regarding the premiere date, that "It was a decision from AMC that they wanted vĩ đại position us in July... They want vĩ đại attract as many eyeballs as possible, away from the heavy competition of the September, November [or] January start."[22]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

The fourth season of Breaking Bad received universal acclaim from critics, garnering a 96 out of 100 on Metacritic.[23] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season has an approval rating of 100% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 9.6/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Breaking Bad's fourth season continues vĩ đại evolve and subvert expectations, and it's never been more riveting vĩ đại watch."[24] The Boston Globe referred vĩ đại the show as a "taut exercise in withheld disaster" and declared the show "riveting".[25] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette labelled the series "smart and thought provoking that elevates the artistic achievements of the medium".[26] Season four was listed by many critics as one of the best seasons of television in 2011.[27] Time listed Walter White's "I am the one who knocks" line as one of the best television lines of 2011.[28] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette listed it as the best series of 2011 while noting that, "Breaking Bad is that rare TV series that has never made a seriously damaging storytelling misstep."[29] The A.V. Club's review of the finale summed it up as a "fantastically fitting over for a season that ran in slow motion, starting and continuing with so sánh many crises begging for resolution week after week. Now the decks are cleared, but that doesn't mean anybody is home page không tính phí. Nothing's ever easy on Breaking Bad." The reviewer continued vĩ đại exalt the season, and proclaimed, "What a season of television — truly something none of us could ever have expected, or claimed we deserved."[30] Best-selling author Noah Charney called it "the best show on television" and compared it vĩ đại great works of literature for its three-dimensional characters and combination of action, drama, and dark comedy.[31]

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Awards and nominations[edit]

The fourth season received numerous awards and nominations, including 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Aaron Paul won the only award for the series, winning for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Its nominations included Outstanding Drama Series, Bryan Cranston for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Giancarlo Esposito for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Mark Margolis for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Vince Gilligan for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series ("Face Off"), Michael Slovis for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series ("Face Off"), and Kelley Dixon and Skip Macdonald each for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series ("End Times" and "Face Off"). "Face Off" was also nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.[32]

Bryan Cranston received his second consecutive Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.[33] Cranston was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for the Screen Actors Guild Award, with the series nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[34]

Vince Gilligan received his first nomination for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series for "Face Off".[35] The series earned three nominations for the Writers Guild of America Awards, winning two; Best Drama Series and Best Episodic Drama ("Box Cutter").[36][37]

At the 28th TCA Awards, the series was nominated for three awards, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Individual Achievement in Drama (Cranston).[38][39] It went on vĩ đại win Outstanding Achievement in Drama.[40][41]

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For the 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards, the series received five nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series (Cranston), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Giancarlo Esposito and Aaron Paul), and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Anna Gunn), winning two; Best Actor in a Drama Series (Cranston) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Esposito).[42][43]

The series also received two Satellite Award nominations for Best Drama Series and Best Actor in a Drama Series (Cranston),[44] along with six Saturn Award nominations, including Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, Best Actor on Television (Cranston), Best Supporting Actor on Television (Esposito and Paul), and Best Guest Performer on Television (Steven Bauer and Mark Margolis), winning three; Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, Best Actor on Television (Cranston), and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Paul).[45][46]

Kelley Dixon and Skip Macdonald were each nominated for an Eddie Award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television. Dixon was nominated for "End Times" and MacDonald was nominated for "Face Off". MacDonald went on vĩ đại win the award.[47]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Rhodes, Joe (July 15, 2011). "Shattering All Vestiges of Innocence (Walter White Returns and His Descent Continues)". The Thủ đô New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Breaking Bad at IMDb