Mike Ehrmantraut won’t be returning to “Breaking Bad” in its final eight episodes, but actor Jonathan Banks at least got to represent his deceased character one more time at the 2013 Saturn Awards. There he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series (coincidentally facing off against former “Breaking Bad” ally Giancarlo Esposito, who was nominated for his work in “Revolution”), and ended up taking the award home.
Zap2it caught up with Banks prior to his win on the Saturn Award carpet, and asked what the experience of working on “Breaking Bad” was like for him. “I just came by. I dropped in. I had no idea Mike would become ‘Mike,'” he says. “[The experience was] one of the best of my life. I loved going to work. I really did.”
Since Mike met an untimely end, Banks doesn’t know what’s going to happen in the final half of Season 5, and he says he hasn’t tried to find out from series creator Vince Gilligan.
“I have no idea what’s going to happen at the end of the last season and I really don’t want to know. I’ll watch it like you’ll watch it,” he says, adding of whether he thinks Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White will die at the end, “One would hope. He’s become the really bad guy.”
Banks didn’t know until about four or five months before Mike’s death that his character would die, and he describes the experience shooting it for Zap2it.
“We were running out of light. It was getting tight and I thought, ‘Come on dude, let me do this with some peace,’ and in the end I did. Michael Slovis, the director of photographer, is a genius,” Banks recalls. “If you look at some of those shots throughout the years that Michael Slovis put together, it’s absolutely amazing.”
Watch the above video to find out what projects Banks has coming up next, and check out the beginning of the end for “Breaking Bad” when the first of its final eight episodes premiere on Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. on AMC.