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In an interview with Vulture, the Emmy Award-winning star of AMC’s Breaking Bad reveals that when his show finally returns in July, more than a year after the conclusion of the third season, it may be paired with The Walking Dead. That’s of course contrary to an earlier report, which suggested the second season of the horror series could debut in October to again take advantage of the cable channel’s month-long Fearfest marathon.
“It was a decision from AMC that they wanted to position us in July, along with Mad Men,” Cranston told Vulture, waving off speculation that the July debut, which makes Breaking Bad ineligible for an Emmy was orchestrated to secure an award for Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. “And I believe they’re going to put Walking Dead in July as well. I think it’s just a sensible thing — they want to attract as many eyeballs as possible, away from the heavy competition of the September, November, January start. Also, Jon is fantastic. I’m a big fan of Mad Men. I certainly couldn’t complain if any one of the other actors had won those awards instead of me. I’m glad it was me, but I think it’s great that I’m not eligible for an Emmy next year. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”
That’s obviously not the final, or official, word on The Walking Dead‘s return, but it’s certainly a promising sign that we may see Rick and the other survivors sooner rather than later.