This year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, announced yesterday, weren’t that big of a surprise— Game of Thrones scored a zillion nominations, Breaking Bad’s last season also racked up a bunch, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards got more nominations for Netflix, but who do you think got snubbed?
My vote is definitely Dean Norris as Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad. Norris was a consistently great actor on Breaking Bad, evolving the character of Hank tremendously in all those years, and Breaking Bad’s last season was Norris’s season. So many meaty moments, so much intensity. Both the Emmy and Oscar voters love to be surprised— which is why small children or first time actors frequently will easily get nominations and awards for their first good performance while veteran actors with decades of experience are left out. I think that’s what happened with Norris. He’s been acting for a long time, and you could easily say he’s been typecast as the cop/soldier/white hat cowboy for most of his career, and his role on Breaking Bad fit in with that. So maybe he never got a nomination because everyone’s like “Yeah, of course Dean Norris can play a cop”, but for fuck’s sake, that last season, Norris totally stuck the landing, as did Betsy Brandt, who was also not nominated.
What with the Breaking Bad spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’ having already been signed up for two seasons before a single episode has even aired, you may be wondering when exactly the timeline of the show takes place. The answer is that it will span decades— mostly occurring before the well orchestrated clusterfuck of events of Breaking Bad, but it will also periodically take place both during and after Walter White’s rise and fall. This should be pure ecstasy to Breaking Bad fans, as it will allow the writers to not only bring back characters that died during BB, but will give fans a bit of a glimpse into the post-Walter White world.