If When you watched the season premiere of Breaking Bad on Sunday night, you might have noticed that, after Walt warned Hank to "tread lightly," some text appeared on screen before the credits rolled so that Vince Gilligan and company could dedicate the episode to Kevin Cordasco.
Cordasco was a 16-year-old boy who recently died of neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. He was a huge fan of Breaking Bad and, thanks to some family ties and some human decency from the cast and crew, Cordasco was able to meet a bunch of the folks who create and star in his favorite television show.
Byrd's colleague, Cher Van Amburg, is married to Sony TV marketing exec Chris Van Amburg, who reached out to star Bryan Cranston for help. "I literally got a call the next day from Bryan's assistant," says Byrd. Adds Cordasco, "Bryan and his wife sat with Kevin for hours at the hospital. And then Vince came to our house, along with some of the cast. They even invited Kevin to the writers room. He was beyond thrilled."
Gilligan asked Kevin and his family (including mother Melodie and 14-year-old brother Cade) to the Albuquerque set this year, but by then, Kevin was too ill to travel. He died March 11, just as Gilligan wrapped the final episodes. [THR]
More than that, though, Gilligan reportedly offered to tell Cordasco how the series is slated to end, so that, if he didn't make it through the next seven weeks, he'd still know how it all ends for Walter White, but the boy declined the offer, saying that he wanted to find out the same way everyone else would.
On the Breaking Bad Insiders podcast, Gilligan explained that he offered Cordasco, the first person to ever understandably self-identity with Walter White, the opportunity to know how Breaking Bad ends, as long as he didn’t tell anyone. He refused; he wanted to find out the same way as everyone else. Yeesh. Here’s hoping that wherever Cordasco is now, he’s enjoying the final season, and doesn’t have to wait 30 minutes for a “next week on” promo. [h/t Uproxx]