By Alison Willmore | Indiewire July 2, 2013 at 12:26PM
AMC's "Breaking Bad" is coming to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a first-of-its-kind collaboration. "Long Cook: A 'Breaking Bad' Marathon" will be a free, weeklong celebration of the acclaimed drama that will run from July 26 to July 30, in anticipation of the show's return on August 11th with its final eight episodes.
The marathon screenings, which will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater at 144 West 65th Street in New York, will culminate on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2 with "The Perfect Batch: Breaking Bad Cast Favorites." Series creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan will join stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and other guests to be announced later in the month to present their favorite episodes and participate in Q&A sessions at the Walter Reade Theater. The conversation portion of the evening will be live streamed through Filmlinc.com, and a video of the panel will be available in its entirety on amctv.com.
"It is often said that television is in the midst of a golden age, and there is no greater proof of that than 'Breaking Bad,'" said Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming. "As this most cinematic of shows draws to a close, it seemed more than appropriate for the Film Society to pay tribute to its achievements by presenting every episode to date on the big screen. We are also thrilled to welcome Vince Gilligan and his collaborators to the Walter Reade stage to share their personal highlights from the past five seasons."
Tickets for the screenings will be free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning one hour before the start of each marathon. Anyone attending the marathon will be eligible to participate in a raffle to win a pair of tickets for a special advance premiere screening of the first of the series’ final eight episodes -- five pairs of tickets will be given away. Ticket sale info for "The Perfect Batch: Breaking Bad Cast Favorites" will be announced later this month.
The screening schedule:
Friday, July 26
Season 1 (7 episodes), 5:00 pm
When straight-laced high school chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he forms a crystal methamphetamine cooking operation with his former student, Jesse Pinkman.
Saturday, July 27
Season 2 (13 episodes), 12:00pm
One step ahead of his DEA-agent brother-in-law Hank, Walter begins to capitalize on his life of crime as its insidious effects on his wife, Skyler, and his partner, Jesse, begin to reveal themselves.
Sunday, July 28
Season 3 (13 episodes), 12:00pm
Joining a more advanced drug-dealing operation headed by the ruthless and enigmatic fast food entrepreneur Gustavo Fring pits Walter and Jesse against their most sophisticated enemy yet.
Monday, July 29
Season 4 (13 episodes), 12:00pm
With Hank closing in on Gus, Walter does everything in his power to ensure not only his survival but also his ultimate victory.
Tuesday, July 30
Season 5A (8 episodes), 5:00pm
As the Breaking Bad saga draws to a close, characters begin to reach the limits of their criminal morality.