Emmy Awards Breaking Bad
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Breaking Bad drove out of the Emmys and into the night with plenty of trophies in tow: The critically adored drug drama won five awards for the second half of its fifth and final season, including acting statues for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn, as well as the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy for the second year in a row. “It’s an embarrassment of riches, being involved in something as special as Breaking Bad,” says Paul, who claimed his third Supporting Actor trophy for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman, Walter White’s soul-gutted meth-making partner-turned-adversary. “This is probably one of the longest goodbyes in television history—and it’s a damn good one.”

Instead of spending the day nervously counting down the hours until the ceremony, Paul thrilled fans by hosting another of his scavenger hunts in L.A., which gave them the chance to win signed memorabilia and meet BB actors like R.J. Mitte, Matt Jones, and Paul himself. “That was amazing, just to see hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people running around the city to find things that are from the show,” Paul tells EW. “I think that’s a testament of what the show really means to the world.”

What was the vibe backstage after Breaking Bad finished off its shiny night by scoring the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy? “They kept trying to bring us over to the thank-you cam, and we wouldn’t move,” says Paul. “We were so stunned about not only the win for the show, but how the whole evening played out. It was way better than we could ever have imagined. It was just so nice to have yet another excuse to get together and celebrate what we had done throughout the years. But then to win is just a whole other level, and I feel very blessed.”