'Breaking Bad' episode dedicated to deceased fan
Southern California teen battled cancer, loved Walter White
"Breaking Bad" fans are still talking about the showdown between Walter and Hank in Sunday's season opener.
But what the average viewer likely overlooked amid the excitement was the dedication at the end of the episode. It read "Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco." This is neither a famous nor familiar name nor the name of an unknown crew member. Cordasco was a 16-year-old fan of "Breaking Bad" who lost his seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer in March.
Cordasco loved that Walter (star Bryan Cranston) was a chemistry teacher, who when diagnosed with lung cancer, became a tougher man and a meth kingpin, reports the Los Angeles Daily News . According to the article, the teen never missed an episode, would shush anyone talking while he watched from his hospital bed, and actually met and hung out with Cranston and other cast members and crew on several occasions thanks to a well-connected family friend. Producers even invited Cordasco to a set visit in Albuquerque, N.M., but he was too sick to go.
Series creator Vince Gilligan offered Cordasco a copy of the series finale script, on the condition that he sign an agreement promising not to reveal the ending to anyone. But Cordasco declined and said he wanted to see the closer when it aired and wouldn't be able to keep it a secret. Such offers are a testament to how much Gilligan liked Cordasco, said Melissa Bernstein, a "Breaking Bad" co-executive producer. This was the fourth time producers dedicated an episode to someone.
Bernstein said Gilligan was devastated when he learned Cordasco had died and "thought he was such a smart, thoughtful young man and thought he had truly interesting insights on the show," Bernstein said, explaining Gilligan's reaction and the episode dedication. "He thought that it would be a fitting tribute and hopefully, something that Kevin would get a real kick out of."
"Breaking Bad" 5.2 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Kevin was an AMAZING young man and the world is a much better place because of the short time that he was with us!