The masterminds behind Breaking Bad
''I've never had a better year in my life than 2013. Thirteen is now my new lucky number,'' admits creator Vince Gilligan. A few highlights: When Bad's final season premiered on Aug. 11 to 7.9 million viewers, when AMC announced on Sept. 11 it would move forward with Better Call Saul, a spin-off featuring underhanded lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk ''It's kind of like somebody asking you, 'Would you like me to give you a winning lottery ticket?''' Odenkirk told EW; and 11 days later when the series claimed the best-drama Emmy for the first time, as well as a Best Supporting Actress statuette for Anna Gunn. With its Sept. 29 finale, a record 12.4 million viewers tuned in. ''What I love about it is that it's justifiable and legitimate,'' Bryan Cranston told EW. ''It's a very satisfying conclusion to this madness.'' And so the revered drug drama signed off with a final season as powerful as Walt's blue meth.