We're still not sure whether we're calling it Season 5b, Season 5.2 or some other variation, and we're almost too busy grieving to care. Next month, AMC's Breaking Bad will begin its final run of eight episodes, the titles and summaries of which were unveiled last week.
Digital Spy is on the ground for Breaking Bad's second and final Comic-Con appearance, and we'll be bringing you minute-to-minute updates from the show's panel in Hall H.
20:20And that's it! Breaking Bad has taken its final bow at Comic-Con.
20:19So, the cold open of the season 5b premiere is nuts. Genuinely nuts. No spoilers from us but... blimey.
20:14There's A CLIP COMING UP!!!! But first Gilligan says how much he's going to miss the show, and we cry.
20:13But Walt is constantly shifting and changing, and does have some desire to put the pieces of his family back together.
20:13What is Walt's current motivation, in the final eight episodes? "Empire," Cranston quotes. "He's in the empire business. His ego is peaking. He's never felt this before, to have this kind of power. He succumbed to it like an aphrodisiac, and he is helpless to stop it now."
20:12Gilligan says that the best reason he's heard is that people don't like characters who are powerless. "Skyler really finds herself in a box." He gives the example of the third season episode where Walt dares Skyler to call the police on him, and refuses to leave the house, and she's forced to back down. "People don't want to identify with powerless characters," he says. "We want to invest in characters and viscerally feel powerful."
20:09A fan says she feels she's in the minority because Skyler is her favourite character. What are Gilligan and Gunn's feelings on some fans villifying Skyler and apologising for Walt? "We were confused about it at first," Gunn says. "I thought it was interesting because you need a protagonist and you need an antagonist. The brilliant thing about this show is that you have an anti-hero as the protagonist. The audience is really behind Walter White, you have to be, so if the audience likes Skyler too much, it weakens how you feel about him. And so I felt it was a brilliant story point, and construction, to have the audience stay with Walt rather than Skyler."
20:07Gilligan's tough moment was in the fourth episode, when Walt gets "deus ex machina help" from Gretchen and Elliot when they offer to pay for his cancer treatment. "Essentially they throw him a life preserver, and he essentially says no, and instead goes back to cooking crystal meth." He says that's the moment he was proudest of in the writers' room, because they spent a long time hashing it out. "He's a good guy who's doing a bad thing, but in that moment we realise this is a man who is prideful to a fault. We really realised that we had something with this character at that point."
20:05"It was tough for you to play," Gilligan recalls. Cranston agrees that he found the scene very difficult to get through.
20:04Cranston again says that the death of Jane was the turning point. "When it first came in, the script had it that she starts choking, and Walt takes her shoulder and pushes her back so that she would choke to death. Directly involved." He says AMC gave notes that said they felt it was too soon for that egregious of an act. It was too much of a leap. Gilligan rethought and came up with a different plan on the day, where Walt accidentally caused her to choke. "The moment for Walt is when he recognises that this girl could die, and what does he do then?"
20:03Paul says he found Jesse shooting Gale tough. "That was obviously when he turned into a really bad person. He killed probably the nicest guy on the show. All of season three after the death of Jane, he blamed himself, so all of season three he was trying to convince himself that he was the bad guy. After he gets out of rehab, he tells Walt that he accepts who he is as the bad guy, and he proves that as the end of the season by pulling the trigger."
20:01What about the scene where Skyler smokes while pregnant? Gunn says she got some horrified looks on set that day from onlookers.
20:00Gunn says she found it hard to understand certain things about Skyler at the very beginning. "Sometimes I couldn't understand just how strong she was, and Vince helped me understand that she is not a person who's ever going to sit in the corner and wring her hands and weep. For me, being a more overtly emotional person, I had to work towards who she is. She takes information in, processes it, and goes into action rather than emotion."
19:59All the other characters are struggling with themselves, whereas Saul is entirely comfortable with who he is.
19:59Odenkirk says Saul is "the most perfect character in the show, he has his life in balance, he lies on the floor and gets his back aligned. He's a master". He says the hardest thing for Saul was when he wanted Jesse to go and see Brock. "There was clearly some emotion involved there, he wanted to get this family together."
19:58Does Mitte ever get frustrated watching the show, thinking "How can Walt Jr not know??!" He thinks he should definitely have got suspicious by this point.
19:57Was there a point in the characters' evolution that they had a hard time accepting? "Not being able to walk," Norris jokes. "Having to wear a diaper wasn't pleasant."
19:56Gilligan is telling people about a new iBook called Breaking Bad Alchemy, which is essentially an interactive companion book with exclusive video content.
19:55"My writers and I would always tell ourselves the story of The Evil Juicebox Man', Gilligan jokes. "It was improbable, perhaps, but not impossible. Once he'd got that idea, spinning the gun and looking at that Lily of the Valley plant, I think probably he crushed some of the stuff up, put it in a juice box, got into Brock's school somehow." He admits that it would have been tricky, but that's "his best guess" as to how Walt did it.
19:53A fan says that he thinks the moment when Walt transformed into a villain was when he poisoned Brock. He asks how did Walt physically administer the poison to the kid? GREAT question.
19:52How much of the show is planned out and how much is decided on the fly? Gilligan uses the example of Tio, who was conceived as "just a guy who rings a bell and scowls. And then we get Mark Margolis, and this is like getting Michael Jordan to coach your peewee basketball team". The same has happened with many actors, he says. Hank was originally conceived as a much less interesting character than he became.
19:50The iconic Cranston pizza throw is being discussed. Gilligan jokes that the CGI budget on that shot was huge, but savvy fans will of course know that Cranston threw the pie and landed it on the first take. Because he is the danger.
19:49Paul brings up "Yeah bitch, magnets!", and the "Robot!" line from 'Four Days Out'.
19:48What are the cast's favourite iconic moments from the show? Cranston's favourite dialogue is "I am the danger" or "I'm the one who knocks." The most impactful scene for Cranston was when Jane died. "He allowed this young girl to die, and that was horrific in so many different ways to play."
19:46Gilligan is asked about casting actors known for comedy in dramatic roles, Cranston being a prime example. "Comedy, it seems to me, is a lot harder to do than drama. I mean, it's all hard, but I would hire a comedian any day of the week to play a dramatic part. If they have that natural timing, those internal rhythms, which I imagine you can't teach someone, then you can certainly do drama."
19:44The key to Saul is that he's good at what he does, Odenkirk says. "You see a lot of boobs on TV - all kinds of boobs - boobs and lunatics, but in the case of Saul he's funny and yet he actually gets stuff done." (He's using the word 'boob' to mean a fool, rather than a breast. Just FYI.)
19:43Does Saul have a soul? Bob Odenkirk thinks "he's a sweet fella. He's very good at law, he's got taste in clothing and office architecture. He knows how to put on a show. He's a fun character to play". He hastens to add that everything he says is scripted, he doesn't improvise the character's funny lines despite his background in comedy.
19:42"Dean does that in real life, too, he puts on a mask of masculinity," Cranston jokes. "He's actually a very effeminate man." He then reminds us that "we all have masks", while fondly stroking his own.
19:41Hank puts on a "mask of masculinity" in his job, trying to disguise any of the fear and damage that's underneath. "You usually don't get a chance to do that on TV," Norris says of the character's gradual layering.
19:41Dean Norris thinks Hank is "a great guy, saddled with morality, and he can't get around it. He's the one guy whose conscience won't allow him to do the wrong thing. To his detriment. He could have lied about beating up Jesse Pinkman, but he didn't, and he suffered the consequences."
19:40RJ Mitte spent his whole teenage life on the show, he started when he was just 14. "Most people had high school - I had Breaking Bad."
19:38Gilligan refers to the first half of the season as "5a". So that's good enough for us. Season 5b it is!
19:38Does Gunn think the Whites are a good family? "it was always my belief that they really love each other... through all the seasons, all the power plays and things that happened between Walt and Skyler, they continue to try and reach through that. They're really still trying to reach out to each other, in a funny way."
19:36Skyler would never admit just how much disappointment she feels with her life. "When she finds out what is going on, instead of turning him in or running away, she stays in the situation." She's able to rationalise it because she thinks that she can fix the situation, but "each action she takes just makes it worse".
19:35How does Anna Gunn view Skyler's own journey into darkness?" "She was sort of the parallel to Walt, in that she had dreams deferred in the same way that Walt did. When you see them in that flashback [in the season three] finale, they think they're going to go out and conquer the world."
19:34While Paul acknowledges that the show is very dark, "the set is loose and very comical". Cranston is one of the most professional actors he's ever worked with, and also one of the most immature.
19:33Jesse is "terrified" of Walt in the new season, Paul says. "He started out as this lost kid, in desperate need of some guidance, and he stumbles onto Walter White who he is very impressed by. And now he just wants to stay as far away from him as possible, and try to stay alive."
19:33Now Aaron Paul's going in for a long, lusty snog with the Walter White mask. "I actually have a lot of your slobber on my mouth now," he tells Cranston. This is amazing.
19:32"Growth, decay, transformation" is the overriding idea of the series. "It's about change, and accepting change," Cranston says, while gradually moving closer and closer to the face mask.
19:31Cranston is currently talking into his own face. Did we mention that it is really effing creepy?
19:30Cranston says the turning point for him, when Walt went from good to evil was the first episode when Walt tried to become someone he wasn't.
19:30"Under the right circumstances, desperation, need, greed, depression - you push those buttons at the right time and anyone can become dangerous," Cranston argues. "That is what happened to Walter White."
19:29How many times a day do people yell 'Bitch!' at Aaron Paul? He can't even begin to count.
19:28Gilligan says that he mostly just wanted a job when the series started. "God knows I didn't forsee being in Hall H at Comic-Con.:"
19:28Cranston was apparently walking the floor, wearing the mask, and people had no idea that it was him.
19:27The entire clan are on stage now. Bryan Cranston has come in a very, very convincing Walter White mask. He has now taken it off, and it is effing creepy.
19:26Dear God. We need a lie down. That was a ridiculously tense montage, given that we've seen all the previous seasons more than a few times.
19:23We're running a montage of clips from the first five seasons. God, they were awesome, weren't they?
19:22The series begins August 11 in the US, FYI. It'll be available on Netflix in the UK soon after.
19:21We're off! Moderator Chris Hardwick is first on stage, lamenting the fact that this will be Breaking Bad's final run, and reminding us all that it will go down in television history as one of the best shows ever.