Breaking Bad: Is Walter White TV's Biggest Liar?


Breaking Bad's Walter White might be television's all-time greatest liar.


"I didn't set out with that in mind, but when you lead a double life, you have to lie constantly," Vince Gilligan, the creator and executive producer of the AMC drama, tells us. "It's just something you have to do. Otherwise the rest of it isn't going to work."


In the early episodes of the show's searing third season, which begins Sunday at 10/9c, the person Walt (Bryan Cranston) lies to the most is himself. Several of Walt's decisions and actions last season culminated in a mid-air plane collision that rained debris over his own house. Stricken with guilt over the two planes' 167 casualties, Walt begins Season 3 by telling himself that he's done cooking meth, and that he's not a criminal.


Then his distributor, Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), offers him $3 million.


"He's so guilt-ridden that he doesn't want to have anything to do with this and he's absolutely convinced that he's out of it," Cranston says. "But all of a sudden, money comes in and the natural human trait is to be swayed and seduced by money."


It was money, after all, that originally turned Walt from a terminally ill high school chemistry teacher into a meth manufacturer. In Season 3, keeping his family financially stable is the least of Walt's concerns. His wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn), finally learns what Walt's been up to, and her next stop is a divorce attorney.


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