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    How will ‘Breaking Bad’ end?

    Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad.”
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    Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad.”

    Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers last Thursday on Here are excerpts.

    Q. How will “Breaking Bad” end Sept. 2?

    A. I do not know . . . and I’m glad I don’t know. Love the mystery and the guessing. I’m wondering if the show will somehow return to the flash-forward image from the beginning of the season, with Walt at a diner possibly on his 52d birthday. Or maybe that will recur at the end of the series?

    Q. On “Breaking Bad,” I would love to see Walter Jr. get hooked on the blue meth.


    A. Wow. Brilliant idea.

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    Q. Let’s talk “Homeland.” I am subscribing to Showtime for the pure reason of seeing season 2 when it airs. The most amazing and haunting program on television!

    A. Nodding in full agreement. The preview for the second season (YouTube it, or see my Twitter feed) is very enticing. Very “Manchurian Candidate”-y. Claire Danes has become one of my favorite actresses. Between “Homeland,” “Temple Grandin,” and, of course, “My So-Called Life,” she has really done some unforgettable work.

    Q. I want it to be March 31st already so I can watch more “Game of Thrones.” I just finished reading “A Storm of Swords” and I can’t wait to see what they do with it on the show. A great decision to break the book up into two TV seasons.

    A. Yes, that show needs space and time. I think last season, good as it was, suffered from overcrowding — of characters and of plots. It needed 13 episodes, or even two seasons.


    Q. Why has “Game of Thrones” gotten only 10 episodes each season?

    A. Money! It is very expensive to make.

    Q. What are your thoughts on Michael J Fox’s return to TV?

    A. I think it’s great that he’s making a new comedy for NBC, if he can pull it off energy-wise. He has been remarkable on other shows – on “The Good Wife,” “Rescue Me,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

    Q. They said we would learn who was behind the camera crew on “The Office.” Any ideas?


    A. Maybe . . . Ricky Gervais?!

    Q. I watched the first episode of “Boss” and it is just more characters you cannot cheer for. It’s still worth it to watch Kelsey Grammer, though.

    A. Agreed. The show is a portrait of a shark tank, and it’s cool and passionless. But Kelsey brings it.

    Q. So. . . “Major Crimes.” How’s that working for you?

    A. I’m very much on the fence about it. The kid has no reason to be there. They felt as though they needed to give Mary McDonnell’s Raydor a domestic plot, but they made the wrong choice. And the way the crew dislikes her – we’ve been through that already, with Brenda.

    Q. Do you know if “The Newsroom” will be back next season?

    A. Yes. HBO already renewed it.

    Q. Any chance “Prime Suspect” comes back?

    A. Nope. Gone for good.

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Matthew