First off, if you haven't watched the Breaking Bad series finale, don't watch the following video. It contains major spoilers, since it shows Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul during their first reading of the final scene of the script.
Also, if you haven't watched any of Breaking Bad in general, then you are missing out. Go ahead and start from the beginning of Season 1 and come back. I'll be waiting. And honestly, once you start, nothing much will get in your way as you have no choice but to plow through the seasons.
Okay, now watch this:
Awesome, right?You can tell that they are taking in the words slowly and thoughtfully, the way one might eat a delicious filet mignon, not wanting the act of consumption to end. They know the words are finite, that the story which they have devoted the past half-decade of their lives is about to end, yet they have to read on to find out what happens.
Bryan reads the words "End of Series," and they realize their destinies. Walt is sentenced to death and Jesse gets to go on to "something better." I love when Bryan asks Aaron "how do you feel?" and reaches over to rub his shoulder as if he is a defendant in the court of law and just received his verdict.
As a fan of the show, it is fun to see the actors who play the roles as they absorb their assignments for the first time. But as a writer, it is inspiring to see how words on a page affect Bryan and Aaron. While they are the actors that play the roles that we have come to love, there is someone who writes what they are going to say, tells them what they are going to do, and inspires their performances.
Vince Gilligan and the other writers on the show are the ones responsible for creating this world in which the actors play. Even Heisenberg himself is at the writers mercy, like the man on trial to the jury.
Call me a power-hungry egomaniac, but this video inspired me to write an amazing script for a hit TV show, for the sole purpose of killing off characters and watching the actors' reactions when they read of their fate.
Katherine Heigl, of course, is my #1 target*.
*But that, of course, would require me to actually cast her for the show and write her in as a character in the episodes leading up to her ultimate demise. Though her mere presence in the show would ruin the actual show, making it completely unwatchable, it would still be worth it, so long as her death is prolonged, gruesome, and satisfying for the audience, while completely unsatisfying for her as an actress.