'Breaking Bad' Season 5 (Part 1) Premieres on Netflix Aug. 2

Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad 5.2

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting to catch up on Breaking Bad season 5, you can now breath a sigh of relief, as the Internet streaming giant Netflix will be releasing the episodes on Aug. 2, for your viewing pleasure.

Ever since HBO's hit series The Sopranos split their final season in half back in 2006, other networks - as well as the film industry - have followed suit, so it was no surprise when writer/executive producer Vince Gilligan announced that he would do the same for the final season of Breaking Bad.  Whether or not this is the result of artistic expression or  financial gain is a topic for another time, but it is interesting to see this trend spreading throughout the entertainment world, with movie franchises such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games following the same model.

Finances aside, Netflix is an excellent way to watch quality series like Breaking Bad without the high costs of cable and satellite providers. As such, many have looked to online streaming services like Netflix to watch their favorite TV shows and movies.

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

However, the wait can be unbearable as the never-ending onslaught of Twitter and Facebook posts can lead to unwanted spoilers for your favorite series. And since the final eight episodes should be an exciting conclusion to what many refer to as the best television series of all time - a conclusion co-star Aaron Paul has said will make you 'S*** your pants' -  here's your chance to catch up.

Breaking Bad has proven that high quality dramas don't just exist on the premium networks like HBO and Showtime.  There's a reason why Bryan Cranston has won 3 Emmys for his role on the series; namely the strong writing of Vince Gilligan and the wonderful performance by Cranston.  In the age of the television anti-hero (Tony Soprano, Ray Donovan, Gaius Baltar), Cranston's portrayal of Walter White is arguably the best.  His morally ambiguous lifestyle can lead to intense debates about whether or not he's a "good guy," but what remains true is that it's impossible to take your eyes off of Cranston while he's on screen.

Is Walter an example of a bad guy we can root for, or are his crimes unforgivable?  Gilligan has stated that the ending to the series will not be open-ended, but where does that leave Walter?  These questions and more will be answered in just a few weeks.

_____Breaking Bad season 5 (part 2) premieres August 11 @9pm on AMC

Source: Variety

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