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Anna Gunn Talks 'Breaking Bad' Season 3

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 12th 2010 12:00PM
Anna GunnIn the season 2 finale of AMC's Emmy-winning drama 'Breaking Bad,' Skyler White (played by Anna Gunn) finally stood up to her husband, Walt (Bryan Cranston), after being lied to for months. It was a game-changing moment for the critically acclaimed series, and set the tone for what is sure to be yet another explosive season.

AOL TV recently chatted with Gunn to get the scoop on 'Breaking Bad' season 3 (premiering Sun., Mar. 21 at 10PM), including what's in store for Walt and Skyler, Skyler's new baby and her complicated relationship with Ted Beneke (Christopher Cousins).

Read the full interview after the jump.Anna GunnIn the season 2 finale of AMC's Emmy-winning drama 'Breaking Bad,' Skyler White (played by Anna Gunn) finally stood up to her husband, Walt (Bryan Cranston), after being lied to for months. It was a game-changing moment for the critically acclaimed series, and set the tone for what is sure to be yet another explosive season.

AOL TV recently chatted with Gunn to get the scoop on 'Breaking Bad' season 3 (premiering Sun., Mar. 21 at 10PM), including what's in store for Walt and Skyler, Skyler's new baby and her complicated relationship with Ted Beneke (Christopher Cousins).

Read the full interview below:

How will Skyler's confrontation with Walt affect her heading into the third season?
Well, where we left her at the end of the second season, she doesn't know what it is that's happened or what it is that he's involved in, but ... she has a feeling that it can't be something good. We start the third season with her, actually ... she goes to Walt's apartment -- he's got a little place -- and she confronts him, and gives him divorce papers and says, "You're a drug dealer," and he really doesn't answer her for a long time. They really just look at each other and [she] reads in his eyes that [she's] right. I think Skyler didn't know for sure; she didn't have any evidence. It's not like she had a private investigator follow him or anything, but I think when she started putting all the pieces together, that was the most logical thing as it were. She doesn't know the extent of it, but she actually does stumble upon the truth. This season really unfolds with her trying to figure out what to do with this knowledge now that she has it. She doesn't really know which step to take.

And what about the dynamic within the White family?

There's a lot of push-pull and back and forth between Skyler and Walt. It's a season of great conflict for them. I mean, it's not like they've gotten along necessarily over the first two seasons, but it's been a steady decline. I think once she's hit with that knowledge, she's in a position where she's feeling trapped, and she doesn't know what the right move is and she doesn't know what to do that's best for her kids. I think there's just a lot of confusion, and there's a lot of back and forth. It's like there's a power struggle between the two of them and they're constantly testing each other to see which one is going to come out on top. There's a lot of chickens coming home to roost for Walt with the decisions that he's made and all the things he put into place, and I think this season is the one where the people around him start to be deeply, really deeply, affected by it.


That last scene was a very empowering moment for Skyler. Will we see an even more empowered Skyler this season?
Absolutely. First of all, she starts to really get her own identity back [after] being pregnant for the majority of the first two seasons ... I think she feels somewhat identity-less and that she wants to gain an identity for herself. So she does go back to work with Ted Beneke. That whole thing gets somewhat complicated. Obviously, you know that from last season -- she notices something is not right in their books --so she's got a lot of moral conundrums on her plate that she's got to deal with.

Will Ted become an ally to Skyler? He was already there when she had her baby last season.
I think that's really interesting, because he does step in. He's got his own issues with what he's doing at work, but he's a nice man and he's always been very kind to her. I think that part of Skyler is just really lonely for her partner, because he's for all-intensive purposes disappeared in a lot of ways. So, definitely, Ted is somebody that she can confide [in]. She doesn't confide obviously everything, but she is able to at least talk to him. I don't think she has that many people to talk to ... I think there's a real loneliness to Skyler. I think there's a bit of an isolation to her and that's not unusual with stay-at-home moms. Sometimes it's a very isolating thing, and so I think that she's decided, "OK, this is what I've got on my plate. What do I have to do?" She's really pragmatic in that she really sees things. She distills them down to their simplest level and then says, "All right, this is what I'm going to do now."

Anna GunnHow will the new baby play into the season?

The baby is there, certainly. And the addition of that -- it's that irony that it should be a very happy time for [the Whites], with this new beautiful baby, but it's a time where the family is kind of falling apart. Again, that kind of push-pull thing that I was talking about between Walt and Skyler, the kids can't help but get involved in some ways with that and that's where the real pain comes. I think neither of them want to hurt their children in any way.

Are you at least happy not to be pregnant on the show anymore?
Oh my God, I'm so happy. It was a long time wearing that baby suit and it was a joyous day when I got to take it off [laughs].

Will we see any new characters this season?
Yeah, there are a couple of new characters. There are two guys who come in -- it's hard to talk about it without giving too much away. Yes, there are some characters that are expanded, certainly. The Gus character, Giancarlo [Esposito], his character is expanded upon. There's also Bob Odenkirk, who is Saul Goodman, that gets much more involved, and then there's ancillary parts of those people's lives who also will come in. So yeah, there are some really interesting additions ... We have Tess Harper, who plays Jesse's mom, and we have just really wonderful people coming in, and Christopher Cousins ... is in quite a few episodes.

Anna GunnWhen Sykler left Walt, she said she was going to stay with her parents. Will we get to meet them soon?

That's such a good question. I hope we do, because we've talked a lot about Marie and Skyler [and how they] don't have parents who show up for things like the birth of the baby and stuff like that. We do have an idea of the backstory there, and the idea of who the parents are and what the situation was. Actually, at one point there was a little talk of Marie and Skyler going on a road trip, I would love to see that ... a little 'Thelma and Louise' road trip for Skyler and Marie. Put them in a convertible and let them go.

Hopefully with a better ending.
[Laughs] Yes, let's hope. But yeah, I think that's a real plan, to see a little bit more about where they come from and who they come from. I'm so curious about the relationship that developed between them and how that happened. We do a lot of stuff with flashbacks here and there this season .. There are a couple of flashbacks to Walt as a younger guy and they do some other characters, too. I can't tell you the characters; it will reveal too much. But there are a couple of guest stars who get a flashback that explains a lot of stuff. too. But hopefully next season Marie and I will get one and more will be revealed about them.

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