See Bryan Cranston Make A Long-Awaited Return To His Best Character

Bryan Cranston appears as Walter White in the first teaser image for PopCorners upcoming Super Bowl commercial,

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

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It sure looks like Bryan Cranston is returning to his greatest role, Breaking Bad’s Walter White, during the upcoming Super Bowl. Entertainment Weekly reports that PopCorners’ Super Bowl ad will reunite some of the cast from the hit series, though exactly who is appearing is a closely guarded secret. Frito-Lay VP of Marketing, Rhasheda Boyd, is not providing any answers in a statement that says “We are excited to revive one of the most famous television shows of all time to tell the PopCorners’ story for the first time at the Super Bowl… and we can’t wait to see fans’ reactions to who and what’s coming.”

The teaser photo appears to clearly show Bryan Cranston back in character, including his trademark hat, from Breaking Bad. The series followed Cranston’s Walter White, a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher, that decides to cook meth in order to provide for his family following a terminal cancer diagnosis. Calling on a former delinquent student, Jesse, played by Aaron Paul, the series follows along with Walt’s descent into darkness, developing into one of the best character studies in television history.

Bryan Cranston won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Drama Series four times, in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014, while Breaking Bad went on to accrue over 100 major award nominations during its historic run on AMC. The series also starred Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mittle, Giancarlo Esposito, Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks, with an incredible collection of recognizable guest stars each season..

Before taking on the role of Walter White, Bryan Cranston was most well-known for playing Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, the early-aughts Frankie Muniz sitcom. It seems like a perfect fit now, but at the time Breaking Bad was announced, no one knew how successful the series would become, bringing about a criminal universe centered on Albuquerque, New Mexico, is still an amazing feat. Not only was there a sequel film, El Camino, but an equally as successful spin-off, Better Call Saul.

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Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

Following Bob Odenkirk’s sleezy lawyer Saul Goodman, Better Call Saul was a prequel series that ran for six seasons on AMC. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul made an appearance on the show, as did plenty of other characters from the Breaking Bad universe, during the on-screen journey of Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman. The award-winning series wrapped up this past July, cementing its status as one of the greatest television shows of all time.

Super Bowl commercials, including the upcoming PopCorners’ spot with Bryan Cranston’s Breaking Bad return, cost a few million dollars on average, giving companies incentive to create amazing ads. Past nostalgia-fueled reunions ads, from this year alone, include a Sopranos spot starring Meadow (Jamie Lynn Sigler) and A.J. (Robert Iler), Joel McHale and Ken Jeong from Community getting back together, and the comedic Scrubs duo of Zach Braff and Donald Faison. Fans watching the next Super Bowl, likely featuring the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, will get to see who joins Cranston on screen shilling for PopCorners snack chips.