The Writers Guild strike proved to be a ‘godsend’ for Vince Gilligan

As “Breaking Bad” entered its full-power planning and pre-production phase, Vince Gilligan realized he had a problem. The scripts for the first season would not be ready on the scheduled date, which would lead to a production stoppage which could have costly effects. He told Esquire that while he carried out his showrunner duties on location, his talented team of writers were trying to work on the remaining episodes in Los Angeles, but were falling short.

In an ironic stroke of luck, the start of the writers’ strike gave them the unexpected break they desperately needed. Over at Esquire, Gilligan divulged, “Around the time we should have shut down for lack of scripts, which at the time might have spelled the death knell for the show, the WGA went on strike, which m saved his life. **, for which I will be eternally grateful. This gave the crew a mandatory stopping point which doubled as a chance to catch their breath. It even saved the show from cutting production costs or falling behind schedule, which could have jeopardized the future success of “Breaking Bad.”

Who would have guessed that two seemingly separate events would have such a complex connection? Luckily, the timing worked out perfectly and gifted the world with the beloved and volatile series.

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