Illegally downloading TV-shows and movies has always been perceived as damaging to the industry but no-one seems to look at the positives. Weeds and Netflix Original, Orange is the New Black, creator Jenji Kohen welcomed illegal downloads of her show, and now it seems that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has illegal downloads to thank too.

In an interview with the BBC, Gilligan said that “the illegal downloading led to a lot of people watching the series, becoming aware of the series who otherwise would not have been.” But that doesn’t mean that he supports the idea, but sees illegal downloading as a second side to the coin.

Breaking Bad is no stranger to torrenting websites, the season finale of the show has become the most downloaded TV program of all time with the episode being downloaded over 500,000 times within the first 12 hours after it first appeared online.

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