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'Breaking Bad' scoop: 'Damages' creep is Walt's new assistant!

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breaking-bad_lAre Walt and Jessie going their separate ways on Breaking Bad? Sure looks that way since Damages evildoer David Costabile is joining the AMC drama as Walt’s (Bryan Cranston) new assistant, Gale.

Described as an eager student and a brilliant chemist, Gale is the antithesis of Jessie (Aaron Paul) in that he’s more interested in the magic of chemistry than getting rich.

Costabile’s casting isn’t necessarily confirmation that Jessie will go rogue in season 3. But given the mounting tension between mentor and protégé, it’s certainly plausible.

Costabile, who also recurs as Mel’s hubby on Flight of the Conchords, is on board for a minimum of four episodes.

Breaking Bad‘s 13-episode third season is slated to debut in March.