‘Breaking Bad’ Renewed For 5th & Final Season

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:53 am,

Walter and Jesse will return for a 5th season of Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Renewed For 5th & Final Season

What happens next: ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 5: Walter White’s Fate Revealed?

AMC announced the renewal of its acclaimed series Breaking Bad this weekend, adding that the 5th season would be its last. Throughout its run, the show has garnered critical and viewer acclaim, and has been instrumental in AMC’s rise in the original programming scene.

Breaking Bad‘s fifth season will consist of 16 episodes – three more than we saw in seasons 2 – 4 (season 1 was only 7 episodes) . The extended order should give the writers some extra room to wrap up the series. The final episodes will begin airing in mid-2012.

The show has been a critical hit, winning six Emmy awards in three years. Series lead Bryan Cranston (who plays mild-mannered-school-teacher-turned-ruthless-meth-maker Walter White) has won Outstanding Lead Actor for an incredible three years running. The Season 4 premiere on July 17th scored an impressive (by cable standards) 2.6 million total viewers.

Creator Vince Gilligan had this to say on ending the successful series:

It’s a funny irony — I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be (episodically speaking). This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion… I’m lucky to get to work with them on sixteen more episodes, and I will always be grateful to both AMC and Sony Television, who from the beginning, believed in our show and supported me creatively and professionally. We have been able to take risks with Breaking Bad which would not have been possible on other networks.

The cast of Breaking Bad season 4 Breaking Bad Renewed For 5th & Final Season

If the drama onscreen has been compelling, it’s been nothing next to the behind-the-scenes events at AMC as of late. Budget issues led to rumors of a network change for Breaking Bad earlier this month. This followed a protracted negotiation for AMC’s flagship series Mad Men and a scandalous shake-up for The Walking Dead‘s production team – both reportedly due to AMC’s wishes to lower costs.

Some may balk at ending such a well-received show after only five years, and it would certainly be possible to extend it for at least another few seasons. The decision probably sprung somewhere between AMC’s continually tightening purse-strings and Breaking Bad writer/producer/director Vince Gilligan’s desire to end the series on a high note.

As a fan of Breaking Bad and its characters, I must say I’m excited to see the series end on a definitive and intentional timetable. Too many excellent shows are drawn out long past their sell-by date, ending on a protracted and sour final season. In the case of Breaking Bad, at least, viewers will be treated to a complete (and hopefully satisfying) story.

Breaking Bad is five episodes into its fourth season at the moment. The season 4 finale should air in mid-October.

Breaking Bad airs Sunday nights at 10PM on AMC.

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  2. Please keep me up to date as to when the next episode will begin, it’s now October 24, 2012 and I thought it was going to air in mid October , can’t wait to hear from you as this is the best series I have ever enjoyed and hate everytime I hear its ending for good, I could go on watching this show every night , it always seems like a forever wait until the next Sunday to watch it to see what’s going to happen next, always keeps you guessing . It’s most certainly a 5 star series on a rating of 1 to 5.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    A true dedicated fan, sherry herstein

    • Would love to know the date of the dvd release of season 5….


    • s05e08 isn’t the last ep… there are more to come in mid-2013… from e08 to e16…

    • Uh season 5 isn’t over… We have 8 more episodes to go. So you have no idea how it ends. Only the show knows, and whomever the actors tell.

  4. Where can I watch season 5 of breaking bad reruns of it anything lol love that show I have Netflix when will it be shown

  5. why cant the show just be moved to HBO? i am so sad there ending it after season 5. how lame! i love this show! im hella addicted to it.

    • The main creator of the show did an interview and said they knew breaking bad could go on and on. But they wanted to stop the show before it became “one of those shows that just kept on going and going” be happy we have had the opportunity to live during one of the greatest shows of my time.

      Breaking bad may be ending this year… But it will take another really good show to beat breaking bad. And not the walking dead, it took 3 seasons for that show to get really good

  6. First of all, I just want to say that I absolutely love Breaking Bad. It is an awesome show and I don’t think it should end yet. I know the creator wants it to end on a high note, but will all the crazy mess that Walt gets he and Jesse into, there can be a different high note to end it on. Breaking Bad is not just a TV show, it’s an addiction! I am still disappointed that I have to wait till summer 2013 to see the rest of the season. There are not many TV shows that I follow, and most definitely don’t want this one to end. I just really hope they reconsider ending it with season 5. Please, please, please continue to another season!

  7. It is in my opinion by far the greatest show to have ever been on TV, and this is why I am happy that they have decided to end it on 5 seasons. The story is coming to a natural conclusion and to drag it out any more would only mean watering down the unbelievablly high quality we have come to expect from the BB team! I reckon 5 is the perfect number of seasons for any show and will miss it obviously but hey can always rewatch those DVD’s!!

  8. Well a friend gave me this and told me i must watch it. I waited weeks before watching it and when i did i stopped a few episodes into season one… a week later i started watching it again and lets just say i walked in the door from work and sat straight down at my computer where i watched atleast 4 episodes a night till last night when i watch the last episode i have in season 5…. OMG i am too addicted to this show for it to end now. Get creative people, there are many many more things you can do from here. Give us more!!!

  9. I wish they had a sesson six i love this show

  10. I have to say although I didn’t watch Breaking Bad during the season I watched each one and got hooked via netflixs. After season 4 when I couldn’t find season 5 I thought I would go crazy trying to find it. However, I just bought it on Amazon and sat watch each show and I can’t wait until July 2013 to see the last one. I wish this year wasn’t :(

  11. There currently directing season 6, so there goes your great story of season 5 being the last lol

  12. You guys are stupid to end such a great show due to budgeting! “Bull sh*t” someone should take whoever a place that pulled out to early and make millions! Idiots! Lettin this go is only gonna hurt amcs reputation which now may result in bank ruptcy ! Best of luck! I’m done with all your series after breaking awesome! Bad mistake

  13. Would love to see another season but can’t see where they could go after this season. Great show.
    Imo the 2nd best tv show in history. nothing comes close to The Wire

    • Dexter murders the wire fool!!! Ya b**** pun intended!

    • Dexter murders the wire fool!!! Ya b*tch pun intended!

  14. Why did u leave us on the cliff hanger of the brother in law finding out? Couldn’t it have been a happy ending

  15. Ahhh im so sad

  16. Just finished watching all seasons. Absolutly by far one of the best shows.
    Question is on Netflix they only have season thru four ! Where’s five??

    • Season 5 is on Netflix, I just watched it.

  17. This is the best series I have watched ever, please consider another series 6
    Cant get enough of this best story acting all characters are fab. Cant find anything to compare with story or actors. Need more more more.

  18. Fantastic show although drug dealers rarely live or not in jail. This show gives you understanding that you can have sympathy for these beloved characters and all their flaws. I am looking forward to the script writing for the end although so well done. 5 Stars!

  19. this series was awesome. saw fifth season and was not a good ending!!! please say more to come!!!

    • there is gonna be a six seasons and season six will have 16 episodes

  20. There is a Season 5 on Netflix, I just watched it.

      this is the BEST TV SHOW SERIES EVER! its much better than the sopranos, a bunch of 60 year old, boring dark italian mafiosos who do the same predictable monotonous thing over and over.. boring!

      breaking bad is unique and different. it keeps you on the edge of your seat.. its conpletely unpredictable and original. there are so many twists and shocks to the story.. its never boring.

      i have never in my life watched a tv show series twice until i saw breaking bad.. its addicting! its the scarface if tv shows!

  21. i agree with the above that breaking bad is superior to the sopranos. nothing comes close to breaking bad. its the show that leaves u feeling like being a drug king pin.

    breaking bad is the hottest tv show on tv. it may be the best show in tv history. i

  22. how many gold nuggets do you think you’re going to find in the river bed pleasethe only reason I watch AMC is for this showbarely five seasons and you’re already burnt out no more creativityhow about spending $1 and higher in a few riders to give me some inputif you’re worried about money pick up a donation I’m sure you can get millions of donationsgood luck with finding and producing some other piece of work that’s half as good as this onemaybe a clone of Two and a Half Menare some other comedy with canned lapse every 2 seconds

  23. it looks like the budget on walking dead has been cut so much that its days are numberedwhy not run reruns 24 /7 that’s a good business plan an Award winnerI guess AMC is tired of all those awardsgo ahead and cancel all your good shows so I can delete AMC for my remote controlI understand nobody really cares over there there’s too many egos bumping around to take any adviceI’m sure you can go ahead I go back to the talent tree and pick another orangecuz that’s how it works right

  24. When is the last episodes coming to Netflix?? Does anyone know? I didn’t watch Breaking Bad until I signed up for Netflix, I had no idea it was so good, now I’ve watched all the seasons in a two week period haha and the ending isn’t there yet!

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