Bryan Cranston Says Final Season of BREAKING BAD Will Be Broken in Half; Reveals New Details on Season Premiere

     April 6, 2012


Last August, we reported that Breaking Bad has been picked up for a 16-episode final season.  Since the last three seasons have been 13 episodes each, and AMC would like to keep the Golden Goose going, there was speculation that the last season of TV’s best drama would be cut in half.  Today, Bryan Cranston has pretty much confirmed that’s what will happen.

Hit the jump for more including details on where the new season will pick up [Spoilers for those who haven't seen the finale of season four].

breaking-bad-final-season-fifth-seasonSpeaking to EW, Cranston said of the upcoming season:

“We’re splitting it,” says Cranston, who’s currently shooting the fourth season premiere in New Mexico. “We’re going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year.”

However, AMC says they’re also considering other scenarios.  There’s the possibility that Sony Pictures TV won’t want a hiatus, or AMC will want all 16 episodes uninterrupted.  But Cranston’s statement seems to be the obvious and likely route.  AMC won’t have to worry about trying to fill a block in their 2013 schedule, and Sony will provide the production with time to figure out how to end the series.  The only losers in this situation are the fans who will get to enjoy two months of their beloved series before enduring a ten month wait for the resolution.  As for when season five will premiere, AMC hasn’t made an official announcement, but actors on the show are saying Mr. White n’ Friends will return in July.

breaking-bad-final-season-fifth-season-bryan-cranstonSo what can we expect when the show returns?

[Spoiler Warning]

Cranston, who is directing the ninth episode of the final season, says the new season, will “pick up right where we left off.”  He continues:

“We’re cleaning up the pieces from last season’s huge ordeal where Gus Fring was forced to meet his maker. It’s not as easy as Walter thought. And as we’ve discovered over the years, you don’t really know who Walter White is. I’m still discovering who he is and I’m trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker. There’s physical danger to himself and his family, plus there’s the emotional danger due to his anger and hubris. It’s about the evil that men do and where that takes him.”

Since Scott always does a bang-up job with our Breaking Bad recaps, I don’t really have space to present my theory on how the show will end.  So this is as good a place as any:

I think Walter will kill Hank and Jesse at various points in the final season.  Jesse will manage to discover that Walt poisoned Brock, and will want revenge.  Hank will eventually solve the mystery of Heisenberg, so he’ll need to be taken care of.  If you’re wondering how dark someone like Walter White can go, I think killing his surrogate son and brother-in-law is pretty damn dark.


  • steve

    Son of a motherless child

    • Nat

      I feel the same way!

  • Zlovemojo

    Not to mention the fact that Walter let Jessie’s girlfriend die.

    • Brielle Ariana Villegas

      he actually killed Jane, remember he touched Jesse and as result she moved face up cause they were both side sleeping.

  • Edward Lee

    Seriously, BREAKING BAD is one of my favorite shows ever. It’s that good. I’ll be sad to see it go.

  • Sarah

    “I’m trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker.”

    ….. Bryan Cranston sounds just positively elated to have to go from a well rounded character into a caricature, just because they let slip the word “Scarface” somewhere along the line and now can’t backtrack.

    Can’t blame him. I may have to end up pretending season 4 was the last one.

    • steve

      Everyone feels the same way I’m sure. I do also. I think the writers are leading us on just to make it more interesting but I think his good side will prevail in the end. I’m hoping.

  • Stinky

    I imagine Jesse gunning for Walt after discovering the truth about Jane. Speaking of which, does Mike know that Walt sat back and let her die?

    I am not convinced Walt poisoned Brock. Sure, the plant was at his house. But what were those two goons doing in the backyard before Walt phoned his neighbor to go check things out? I say the plant could have been planted. So to speak. Could this have been Gus’ last plan before he went two-face?

    Still. I wouldn’t put it past Walt. That mofo is the original king of the Kobayashi Maru test.

  • Nick

    Walter White did not poison Brock. The plant was put there by Gus’s men. Remember the scene where you see Walter White watching people leave from the back yard, thats when put the plant in the backyard.

    • Anonymous

      Walt already had that plant in his backyard before those two guys showed up. It happened during that scene in the episode where he’s sitting outside and spinning his gun on the table, where it stops spinning right on the plant the last time. I feel that the two goons were there just checking out the place and put in that scene to throw people off…or for AMC to spawn thought-provoking discussions about it.

  • daveyboy

    Totally agree…I think he will definitely kill Jesse or otherwise Jesse will kill Walt in the very last episode. Very good chance Walt will kill Hank,but Hank will definitely discover him I think. I don’t think his good side will prevail,I think it will be more like the Sopranos where you really hate Tony by the end. There are a lot of similarities with Walt and Jesse and Tony and Christopher…and we all know how that ended up…we may see the same thing…maybe Pinkman dies at the mid-season finale and its what ends up getting Walt busted. I don’t think there is any way the show ends with Walt surviving.

  • Dogg

    Walter kills everyone he loves to rise to the top, then the cancer comes back in the final episode.

  • Tim

    I am more intrigued with the story between Walt and Hank. I can’t wait for this season!!

  • 32_Bit_Hustler

    has anyone ready what is rumored to be the script for the new season premiere? it not been confirmed or denied…so take a look…

  • jetblac

    This is some bullshit!

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