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The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013

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    Drama
    A Paragon
    Ramona Rosales
    Vince Gilligan
    Breaking Bad (AMC)

    It was mid-February of this year when Gilligan settled in to finish the script for Breaking Bad’s 62nd and final episode. Filming was set to begin in a little over a week. He sat down at the dining-room table of his Albuquerque, N.M., condo, which had doubled as the temporary home of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White when his wife kicked him out of the house a few seasons earlier.

    With an Old 97s version of “El Paso” playing on a continuous loop on his iPod, he wrote the final scene in which the camera pulls away from White one last time. After five seasons of morally reprehensible behavior, the chemistry teacher turned meth dealer — one of television’s least sympathetic antiheroes — finally would meet his demise. But as Gilligan typed “End of Series” at the bottom of the page, his hazel eyes grew heavy with tears. “I knew it was the end of an era for me,” he says. “The end of the best job I will likely ever have.”

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