‘Breaking Bad’ Premiere Dedicated To Kevin Cordasco, Teen Super Fan Who Died After Long Cancer Battle
Kevin Cordasco, an avid fan of Breaking Bad who had battled cancer for 7 years, died this past March at the age of 16 before he could see the show’s final eight episodes. On Sunday, Breaking Bad’s final season premiere was dedicated to his memory.
"It was just heartwarming," Kevin's mom, Melodie Cordasco, told the Los Angeles Daily News about the episode dedication. "I know my son was sitting there, watching it [saying], 'Mom, Look, I made it!' It was overwhelming – the feeling, the love and support."
Through a relative’s connection, Kevin had the opportunity to get acquainted with Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Cranston and his wife first visited with the terminally ill teen last September, spending three hours talking with him at the hospital. Melodie said her son "loved Bryan because he was real," adding, "He's loving and kind. He was just a great guy to Kevin. Every time Kevin would email him, Bryan Cranston within half an hour would respond back to Kevin."
Cranston also encouraged Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and actors Bob Odinkirk and Anna Gunn to visit with Kevin as well. Kevin also had the chance to sit in for a five-hour writers meeting, at which he offered some ideas of his own. One of those ideas caught on with Gilligan, who incorporated it into the plot of the final season, though he won’t say what it was.
Epitomizing the nature of Kevin’s loyalty and love regarding Breaking Bad, was his reaction to getting offered the prospect of reading the script for the finale. Kevin declined, citing a fear that he would slip up and reveal the ending for his favorite show. Though he didn’t get to see the finale, he was able to cross something off his bucket list – “to meet Breaking Bad.” According to the late teen’s mother, being embraced by the cast of the show “meant the world to him. They have no idea how they impacted my son.”
– Chelsea Regan