COMMERCIAL IMAGE – Betsy Brandt greets fans at AMC’s “Breaking Bad” Premiere and After Party on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in San Diego, CA.(Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — There are no aliens, zombies or vampires in “Breaking Bad,” but that didn’t deter fandemonium for the show at [auth] Comic-Con.
Droves of con-goers piled into the gritty AMC drama’s first-ever Comic-Con presentation Friday night and lingered outside the series’ fifth season premiere Saturday night hoping to catch a glimpse of Emmy-winning stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Friday’s “Breaking Bad” panel at the pop-culture extravaganza drew nearly 4,000 attendees. Cranston and Paul, who appeared in yellow hazmat suits at the presentation, fielded questions about the fifth season, which debuts Sunday.
“This entire season is just creepy, unsettling,” said Aaron Paul, who plays meth dealer Jesse Pinkman.
AMC later hosted an invite-only premiere for the show at Reading Cinemas on Saturday night. The event was attended by the show’s cast, creator Vince Gilligan and stars such as Laurie Holden and Norman Reedus from “The Walking Dead.”
After the premiere, attendees headed to a poolside afterparty at the Hotel Palomar to sip prickly pear margaritas and ginger mojitos and nosh on customizable tacos and sliders.