Breaking Bad: Dean Norris Discusses Hank's "Great Ending"

Norris appeared on Talking Bad to discuss last night's episode

By Jenna Mullins Sep 16, 2013 4:52 PMTags
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WARNING: Below are serious spoilers from last night's episode of Breaking Bad. Read at your own risk.

In last night's episode of Breaking Bad, viewers had to say goodbye to DEA agent Hank Schrader, aka Walt's (Bryan Cranston) brother-in-law, aka the man who arrested Heisenberg. After an intense shootout with Jack (Michael Bowen) and his White Supremacist gang, both Hank (Dean Norris) and his partner Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) lost their lives. RIP Hank, one of our favorite Breaking Bad characters ever.

Dean Norris appeared on the aftershow Talking Bad to discuss Hank's tragic fate and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of his final days of filming.

"We originally had the discussion about a year and a half ago, and [creator Vince Gilligan] told me about what episode he'd be dying in," Norris told host Chris Hardwick. "But at the beginning of the season, he sat me down and said, 'I'm going to tell you what happens.' So we sit down in a room. It takes about a half hour, and he really got to those last few lines and I was just like [crying sound]. But it was great, and he knew it. They knew it."

Filming the shooting scene was just like Hank's death: unceremoniously quick.

"It was shorter than we expected. We ended up shooting that scene, my final scene, the close-ups were all shot in one take, which usually takes quite a few takes," Norris said. "Literally, we did it in one take. Rian Johnson, the director, said, 'That's how you die on TV.' "

And how did Norris feel about how his character went out?

"Getting shot in the head is a great ending," Norris laughed. "I thought it was a proper ending. I'm glad he got to say the F-word. We always battle for that. We get one F-word a season."

To hear Cranston, Norris, Aaron Paul and the rest of the cast talk about "Ozymandias," watch the video below.