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One of my most anticipated television events of the year is the arrival of Breaking Bad: Season 3. The AMC original series, created by Vince Gilligan, has gone from strength to strength and cemented itself as one of the best shows on television (and, I would argue, one of the best TV shows of all time).

That’s why I was really excited to learn that Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) has directed an episode from the upcoming season. Hit the jump for a couple of quotes from Johnson and some maddeningly vague hints of what is to come.

Unsurprisingly, Johnson was complimentary of the show’s quality:

This was my first experience in television, and the first time I have directed anything that I haven’t written. I jumped at the opportunity, for one reason: Breaking Bad is, for my money, the best show on television.

How will season 3 compare to seasons 1 and 2? Johnson commented:

I feel like the show is still a bit of a cool secret, but I think its underground status will be short-lived. I’ve read the scripts up to episode 10 (the one I directed) and as amazing as season 2 was, as a fan of the show myself I can safely say that season 3 is going to blow folks away. Vince Gilligan would shoot me if I gave anything away, but I will say that it starts with a bang and ratchets all the existing elements way up. It was such an honor and a pleasure to be involved in it.

Breaking Bad: Season 2 was already almost unbearably tense, so I’m very curious to see how the show plans on one-upping itself. It will also be interesting to see how Johnson handles material that he hasn’t written. I’ve been a huge fan of his visual style in the past, and can’t wait to see how it translates onto one of my favorite properties.

Breaking Bad: Season 3 debuts on AMC on March 21, 2010.

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