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Last night’s episode of Breaking Bad one of the best in memory. It started strong and ended stronger. Now one of the stars is discussing one of the big surprises.

Major spoilers ahead!

Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike, spoke to Zap2it about the death of his character and how long he’s known it was coming. “I knew about nine months ago. I knew before we even started shooting this season. We were at Aaron [Paul]‘s engagement party, and Sony still hadn’t made my deal. So I said to [creator Vince Gilligan] — he was talking to somebody about the caterer, and I said, ‘Can you quit talking about the hors d’oeuvres and let’s take care of my life here?’”

To us, it seems that Banks goes on to imply that Mike’s character would’ve played things out differently if it weren’t for series creator Vince Gilligan making the final call. “The writers control the pen. If Jonathan controlled the pen, Lydia [Laura Fraser] would have been shot in the head. It goes back to Season 3 and the ‘half measures’ speech. Anybody who’s been watching the show is going to look at that and go, ‘Uh, that’s a half measure’ — which indeed it was. Listen — the reality is these writers have given me one of the greatest characters ever. But you’re going to kill him, he’s gotta make some mistakes.”

Do you think Mike’s death made sense in the scope of the story? Did he have any other choice?

Watch a preview of Breaking Bad’s season finale.

  • Hola

    Mike´s death was unnecessary as Walt realized after shooting Mike…Walt hurted ego killed Mike…I think this was necessary to make people understand once for all that Walt is not Walt anymore….he has broke bad completely and he doesnt give a damn…Its a shame that we have to wait an entire year for the rest of the ride….cant wait for next week´s episode…AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

    Mike had to die, you don’t go into such a competitive business (he was a very active member of a huge drug operation both with Gus and then with Walter) and not expect high amounts of cultural damage. I’m guessing I’m the only one who got the vibe Mike was going to kill himself, but perhaps I’m off the mark. I just don’t see Mike wanting to live in a world in which he can’t help/be with his granddaughter. 

    I know a lot of people have jumped the Walt ship, and after last night I’m closer than ever but I still want him to succeed. Of course his ego has swelled exponentially, and the power has gone to his head but to me he is still that nerdy family man who got cancer just looking to help his family (albiet, using the wrong tactics) 

    Curious to see where things go with the next 8 episodes next season.  

  • grapes9h5

    Incredible. I knew he’d not survive the first 8 and I was strongly convinced going into to this episode it would be his last.

  • franko3

    I’m less surprised that Walt killed Mike, than I am that Walt has gone all fascist on everybody that he used to care for. He used to have at least a little sense of loyalty to Jesse. Now he just treats Jesse with the same cold cruelty that he is displaying toward Skylar. It’s all about Walt now – not what is best for anyone else.

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