Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside of the Egyptian Theater on Sunday, Sept. 15, to see the latest episode of AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad.” Aaron Paul, the two-time Emmy award-winning star best known for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman on the show, rented out the Egyptian Theater to treat a lucky group of fans to the world premiere of the newest episode of the series, “Ozymandius.”
Paul, born and raised in Emmett, ID, released a tweet on Sept. 9, stating that he planned to rent out the Egyptian Theater for the premiere of the latest episode later that week.
“I rented out the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise to live stream the next episode. Who’s coming with me? It’s free. It’s fun,” Paul tweeted.
Peak Broadcasting sponsored the event in partnership with the Egyptian Theater. Tickets were available to listeners of Peak Broadcasting stations such as Mix 106, Wow Country 104.3 and 103.3 Kiss FM.
Officially titled, “Breaking Bad for Good,” all proceeds from the screening went to local charities such as the Idaho Foodbank, Treasure Valley Youth Theater and St. Luke’s Childrens’ Hospital.
Before the actual event took place, Paul began to give out clues via his official Twitter page as to where more tickets might be stashed around town, leading several fans to embark on a city-wide scavenger hunt to gain access to the screening. Paul himself made several appearances outside of the theater to sign autographs, pose for photos, talk to fans and give away what few tickets remained.
Several fans showed up to the Egyptian wearing elaborate costumes based on some of the show’s major players. Two such fans, Boise natives Jordan Anderson and Chris Scott, dressed up as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White and brought homemade signs to the event in an attempt to win a pair of tickets.
“I’ve been a fan since day one,” Anderson said. “I’ve always been a big fan of Bryan Cranston and his work on ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ … I’m way proud that someone from around here is a part of the show, too.”
While the talk of the night was the screening itself, many fans, including Scott and Anderson, discussed the possible directions the show might go in the final three episodes.
“The show is about a lot more than just making meth,” Scott said. “Walt isn’t just a drug dealer; he’s also a family man. I think Walt is going to end up coming back to help Jesse, but he could also easily end up dead in the desert and no one would miss him.”
Hometown fans weren’t the only ones to show up for the premiere. A number of Paul’s best friends from Los Angeles made the trip to see their friend receive a hometown welcome and enjoy the show themselves. Chris Paul, who shares no relation to the “Breaking Bad” star, believes that Aaron Paul will win another Emmy for his performance this season.
“I’ve known him for around nine years,” Paul said. “We’re all big fans of the show and it’s definitely the best show on TV right now. Chris Paul is a writer from L.A. and maintains his own blog at IAmTheArbiter.com. Paul shared his thoughts and predictions for future episodes as well.
“Jesse is the moral compass of the show. I think he’ll end up being the last man standing,” Paul said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s back in Boise or if it’s because something happened to him in this episode, but he’s been really sentimental about the show today … We kept asking him ‘Hey man, you’re in L.A. way too often. Did something happen to you in the show? Why aren’t you back in New Mexico filming?’ And he would just say ‘No, I’m going back soon, trust me.’ He eventually did go back, but there was a while where we thought something happened.”
After the show, the lobby of the theater and the streets surrounding it were abuzz with conversations amongst fans about what had just transpired on the big screen. One fan, Boise State student and biology major Danni Petersen, left the theater extremely satisfied.
“(The episode) was very intense and everything that happened was super important to the story,” Petersen said. “It was great. Not just the episode itself, but the overall experience was great. There were no letdowns.”
The next episode of “Breaking Bad” — “Granite State” — will air Sunday, Sept. 22 , at 7 p.m. MST. The final episode, “Felina,” will air Sunday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. MST. The Egyptian theater plans to live stream both episodes.