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Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter Compares The Series' Ending To Six Feet Under And All Is Lost

"Breaking Bad" may have ended all the way back in 2013, but its presence as a staple of pop culture hasn't really diminished. Obviously, this has been helped tremendously by the equally lauded spin-off prequel series "Better Call Saul," which only just ended in 2022. But "Breaking Bad" is a show that stands on its own two proverbial feet — the series was nominated for a staggering 58 Emmy Awards during its run and won 16 altogether, across its five-season run.

While the neo-Western crime drama was primarily focused on Walter White (Bryan Cranston) — a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer and decides to start cooking meth in order to leave his family money and pay for his medical treatments — "Breaking Bad" featured many interesting characters who would change the dynamic throughout the series. One of the biggest examples was Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter), a love interest of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) who eventually dies of a heroin overdose and who set Jesse down a path that would help define him for the rest of the show.

But while Ritter wasn't on the series until its conclusion — Jane was only part of Season 2 — she remained a fan until the very end. In fact, she compared the finale of "Breaking Bad" to that of classic shows like Alan Ball's funeral home drama "Six Feet Under" and movies like the Robert Redford-led survival drama "All is Lost."

The ending of Breaking Bad made Krysten Ritter cry

In an interview with Collider in 2014, Krysten Ritter spoke at length about her career on the whole, some of her favorite movies of all time, and just how much she loved "Breaking Bad." While her character Jane was killed off towards the end of Season 2, Ritter faithfully continued watching the series until its conclusion at the end of Season 5. And just as it was for many viewers, it was quite an emotional experience for the actor as well, who admitted that she cried during the finale.

"Oh, man, that show is so good," Ritter said. "I was like, 'Ahhh!' watching it, and like, pacing back and forth. I watched the season finale twice, maybe three times. I wanted it to go on. I cried. I felt it for days. I was just like every other crazy a** fan. It affected me in every way, and that's rare that that happens. I feel like that happened for me with 'Six Feet Under' as well, and also that movie 'All is Lost.'"

It's obvious that Ritter has a lot of love for "Breaking Bad," even though she spent only about half a season starring in it. Sure, her experience isn't too far from a lot of other superfans of the show, but it's sort of endearing that she has that much love and appreciation for a piece of entertainment she once appeared in. While actors would ideally enjoy the projects they star in, it's not always guaranteed that it will happen.