The fervor over the final episodes of
"It's really kind of upped the ante this year. It's just gone, like, phenomenon kind of—just insane," the 37-year-old said Tuesday during a phone conversation. "Yeah, it's like a freight train; it's mad."
Fraser joined the Emmy-winning series in its final season playing Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, the neurotic but calculating business executive who has now taken over distribution of Walter White's
Fraser was under strict orders not to go into detail about anything in upcoming episodes, but the warm, funny Scot did tell me that she has, in the past, gotten "highly wound up" like her character.
"I can totally understand how she can go down that path," she said, laughing. "I have to say, I'm not quite as much of a nutcase as she is, but if I'm premenstrual or something I can definitely go there for a few hours. My husband’s like, 'OK, you're on one.' Yeah."
Fraser talked more about Lydia's and the show's end—but don't expect any spoilers. But you can read the wild speculations about the show I inferred from our chat here.
New episodes of "Breaking Bad" air at 8 p.m. CT Sundays on AMC.
People are crazy over Sunday's premiere of "Breaking Bad."
Yeah. I know, it's kind of mad. Even here in Scotland people are kind of crazy about it; it's like fever pitch. It's kind of mental, really.
Did you expect that after your time on the show last year?
Last year, I remember in New York, I'd be in a cafe and then I'd sort of hear someone talking about what had just happened in "Breaking Bad." And I'd be like, "Oh my God, this is so weird." ...
Are you glad to be in Scotland?
Yeah. I kind of feel like I've been sequestered here in case I get
But today you're going to tell me everything right?
Oh, yeah. Absolutely. What do you need to know? [Laughs.] I get in trouble too often doing the wrong thing. There's some really great stuff I'd love to tell you about but I can't. Sorry. It's very boring.
I don't think I actually want to hear it anyway.
I know. That's the thing. Nobody really wants it because it would ruin it; it would spoil it. Yeah.
Exactly. So we'll skip the "how's it all end" question. But you can tell me, are you happy how it all ends?
I love the way it all wraps up, she said vaguely, for Lydia. I couldn't have wished for a kind of more fitting ending, whatever that may be. The way it all wraps for her at the end of this final season, I love it. It kind of made me laugh. It kind of felt pristinely perfect for Lydia Rodarte-Quayle to kind of wrap it up the way she does.
She's kind of a contradiction, because she's so nervous and high strung, but she's in this business that makes no sense for that kind of personality to be in.
Yeah, I feel like she kind of vibrates at a very high-pitched frequency. She's a mass of contradictions. I feel like the last season that was on last summer, she kind of had fallen into it and was constantly kind of scraping the sides, trying to get back up and get out. And I kind of thought she would claw her way out, you know, hopefully without dying. But then this season it seems like she actually will continue to be there in meth land and continue to distribute, but by choice. It's like, "Yeah, you know what? I'm in this business now. Let's get this going, keep this moving." She seems to be there more by personal choice, even though she's desperately uncomfortable with it.
You think she's still desperately uncomfortable with it?
I do. But I think no matter what Lydia does she's desperately uncomfortable. You know, I just think she's not a happy bunny. Whatever she does it would be like fighting, you know, battling with it. She's just, I don't know, she can't seem to relax. It's awful for her.
Do you think that you have a temperament similar to Lydia's, or not at all?
I can definitely get super highly wound up and I can definitely feed my neurosis and spiral out of them. You know, get a very zany perspective or irrational behavior. I can totally understand how she can go down that path. I have to say, I'm not quite as much of a nutcase as she is, but if I'm premenstrual or something I can definitely go there for a few hours. My husband's like, "OK, you're on one." Yeah.
So it's not a lot of hard work to get into her headspace?
Not hugely. [Laughs.] I hope I'm slightly nicer and less of a murderess, but yes, I can relate. I can relate to Lydia.
In the premiere she showed up at the car wash to ask Walt for help with the meth business again and he turns her down. My assumption is that she's actually going to get him to come on board again...
Interesting. Interesting. [Laughs.]
Is there anything you can say about that?
It's awful doing interviews for this because I can't say anything! ... And that's terrible. I can't say anything about that. Sorry.
She also has a run-in with Skyler, who kicks her out. Does that foreshadow any kind of conflict there?
Yes. That sounds interesting. Let me see what I can say ... Let's vaguely say that that does foreshadow a little bit of conflict possibly in the future. Whether that's just in Lydia's mind, or in real life, remains to be seen. [Laughs.] It's pathetic, isn't it? Yeah, and I think she would love Walt to get back and sort this situation out and get the qualities of meth back up. But if she can't, she's going to find another way to do that.
The whole thing with Skyler, I was wondering if it's fun for you to finally sort of clash with a female costar for once?
Oh, it was so lovely. I'm always with the boys, yeah. Because I love working with women; I love having scenes with other female actors. It's just because you're always working with guys and it's just nice to have a scene with a woman. And Anna Gunn's so lovely. And we were laughing because I'm such a midget and she's so tall and willowy. And it's like our characters, like Lydia being so absolutely ridiculous, a little feisty nut case, and [Skyler's] denial, her glue-sealed denial—yeah, we had a little laugh that day at ourselves; a few chuckles.
Lydia seemed quite taken aback by what happened and maybe a little fearful of Skyler. Are they are going to meet again? And does Lydia grow into more of a strong force?
I would say that Lydia definitely adds a little steel to her armor. She's still that little fighting sheep inside, but she's like building up her armor and building up these walls around her, putting in a moat.
She gets a bit more steely, and a little colder. She was cold before, I mean she offed these guys without any kind of empathy. She didn't care; she wanted these guys gone.