For diehard fans of Breaking Bad, AMC's decision to split the fifth and final season into two mini-seasons, separated by nearly a year was made much more painful with the series' most shocking cliffhanger in the midseason finale.
We've previously been told by Bryan Cranston that series creator/writer Vince Gilligan had a plan in place that would truly serve as the end of the story, tying up many loose ends, and according to Aaron Paul in a recent chat we had with him, it's going to be worth the wait for viewers.
How hard is it for star Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman in the show, to keep secrets about the ending, knowing how popular it is among family, friends and the internet community he spends time with on Twitter?
"[Laughs] No, it's great. I don't have a problem not telling. Everyone asks me but deep down they don't want to know. And I know that so it's not really that big of a deal.
Before I read the final eight episodes, the final eight hours of the show, I was thinking to myself 'this is so tragic, I can't believe this show is ending.' I didn't want it to end but after knowing how the final eight hours play out, I couldn't be happier with the way it ended and hopefully you all agree. I feel pretty confident that you will."
Joking about how heavy it can be to read the final set of scripts for Breaking Bad, Aaron continued, explaining that it was hard to resist delving into the stories as soon as possible when they were sent to him.
"Actually yeah, a little bit. That's what I did with part one, the first eight [episodes of season 5]. I mean, I took my time with all of them but in all honestly I couldn't wait. So, if I got an email on my phone on the final eight I thought to myself 'I'm going to wait to get home and actually have the paper scripts and sit on the couch, drink some wine and take my time with it' but in all reality, probably six of the eight episodes I read from my phone on a plane or something because I couldn't... I could not wait.
I'm a huge fan of the show as well. You guys are gonna shit your pants."
From his genuine excitement in his voice and facial expressions, it was evident that it's bittersweet for Aaron that Breaking Bad is coming to a (potentially polarizing) end, but that he couldn't be more happier or proud of how it does so.
If that praise of the final stretch of Breaking Bad doesn't boost anticipation for the long-awaited conclusion, I don't know what would.
Breaking Bad returns to AMC on August 11, 2013. The series finale airs September 29, 2013.