'Breaking Bad': Betsy Brandt says Marie and Hank have 'a tough road' in Season 4

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The consequences of what Walter White ( Bryan Cranston) choosing to cook meth have rippled far and wide on "Breaking Bad," but arguably no one has felt them more acutely than Marie ( Betsy Brandt) and Hank ( Dean Norris).

As a DEA agent, Hank has been unknowingly chasing his brother-in-law for much of the series, and his being shot in the line of duty last season was a direct result of Walt's entanglement with Gus ( Giancarlo Esposito). As Season 4 begins Sunday (July 17), Brandt says Hank and Marie face "a tough road" as Hank recovers and Marie tries, often fruitlessly, to help him with his rehabilitation.

"I think there are some really poignant moments, both for her -- and I don't want to speak for Dean -- but for her and for them as a couple," Brandt told Zap2it when we visited the "Breaking Bad" set in Albuquerque. "Their relationship has always interested me. Obviously because I play her, but also because I just like it. I think even as a viewer I'd really -- I just like these people and I really like them together. ...

"I think they seem pretty real. It's not a perfect relationship. She can be a real pain in the bottom to deal with, but he loves her."

The video above also features Brandt's thoughts on how Marie has (or hasn't) changed over the show's run. Additionally, she talked about how Marie handles her husband being in danger on the job.

"God, yeah, I think she thought about it and worried about it, but some things you just can't prepare yourself for. That was one of them," Brandt says. "Then I think she was like, 'He needs to survive, he needs to survive' -- and then he did. She thought, 'You made it! You're alive, you survived this. We're going home!' Then there was a whole other thing [Hank's rehab] she couldn't have prepared herself for."

You can see how Marie and the rest of the "Breaking Bad" cast handle themselves when the series returns at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on AMC.

Photo/Video credit: Zap2it