'Breaking Bad' renewed for final season


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Breaking Bad is getting its renewal — for a final season.

AMC has picked up 16 episodes to conclude series. That will bring the award-winning show to a close sometime either next year or in 2013 — depending on how the network and AMC and Sony decide to divvy up the final hours, whether they split them into two more shortened seasons or one (Bad usually runs 13 episodes per season).

“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),” Vince Gilligan said. “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.” Gilligan then added:

“Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves. Breaking Bad has been a dream job these past four years. Working with the best cast and crew in television has no doubt spoiled me for future projects. 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 deal comes after S0ny shopped around the Breaking Bad to other networks during a tough negotiation period. Breaking Bad and AMC’S breakout hit The Walking Dead have faced some belt tightening in recent months despite strong ratings, with some industry insiders accusing the network’s deal with the showrunner and cast of the acclaimed Mad Men as having zapped the coffers. At any rate, this deal keeps Breaking Bad on AMC, plus gives creator Vince Gilligan plenty of time to give what many consider to be the best drama on TV a creatively satisfying finale.
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  • Vince

    Holy shark, you guys serious?


    • Cameron

      Better to end on a high note than drag on a great show for too long and make it crappy. Besides, considering AMC was at one point trying to cut the episode order, I’m happy that the last season is a full 16 eps long.

      • LL

        Well, let’s just hope that AMC uses that same philosophy with Mad Men.

      • @LL

        Mad Men is signed on for two more seasons (a 5th and 6th season), and from what I’ve heard, there will most likely also be a 7th season, which Matthew Weiner (the creator) says will be the final season.

    • obviously and idiot

      I think u have a virus. Everytime u post u most be completely unaware that ur also advertising a dating site. it’s cool and all this is only a heads up like “hey watch out u have a virus”

  • Kathie

    “final” season ? :-(((

  • Kathie

    Ditto Vince!

  • Mike

    Umm guess to guys haven’t been following all the drama and the fact that Vince Gilligan creatively thought the show only had one season worth of story left? This is good news!

    • Mike

      “you” guys (not to)

  • Sam

    I love this show but I definitely agree that it’s much better to go out on top rather than dragging on for a couple more seasons and jumping the shark.

    • Bubblegum

      That’s my biggest fear, too. It’s happened with so many other shows that it just dragged on that *little* bit too long.

    • susan

      Yay oh Happy Days, more Bad to come x

  • Soon to outnumber you

    I hope the show ends well. I heard AMC caused problems for Breaking Bad and Walking Dead to keep the Mad Men team happy. If that’s true, it makes AMC look really crappy as a network.

    • Rangefinder

      Yeah, that was Kurt Sutter’s claim… which apparently was total BS. Vince Gillian always said he envisioned Breaking Bad as running 5 seasons, and not only will that be the case, but with an extra-long season order to boot! W00t!

      • A

        I don’t think Sutter’s claim was total BS. AMC wanted the producers of Breaking Bad to shorten the 5th season to 6-8 episodes, but the producers refused. Why else would AMC make such an offer for such a short season (6 episodes for the final season of an epic TV show like Breaking Bad?) if they weren’t having budget issues? And those budget issues could have easily stemmed from the Mad Men deal. Sutter probably blew it a bit out of proportion, but I think there is some truth to it.

      • Rangefinder

        “Why else would AMC make such an offer for such a short season… if they weren’t having budget issues?” Duh… as a negotiating ploy. Happens all of the time. Please tell me you’re not really this naive.

      • A

        I don’t think I’m being that naive. I think you are if you really think the Mad Men deal had absolutely nothing to do with the delay.

  • Dave

    Awesome. I’m glad they finally made a deal. And 16 episodes! I thought maybe they were just going to do 10, so this is excellent news.
    Breaking Bad is not the type of show that needs to last 8+ seasons. 5 seasons is perfect. I’m glad it won’t overstay its welcome, and it will go down as one of the best TV dramas of all time. Every season has been better than the last and I can’t wait to see what will be in store for Walt and co. the remainder of this season and next.

  • Rubeus

    AMC actually tried to get the producers to make the fifth season only 6-8 episodes, but the producers rejected that idea. So the fact that we’re getting 16 episodes, more than what AMC apparently wanted and even more than the usual 13 episodes, is a very pleasant surprise.

    • Mike

      Surprising indeed. Of course, it sounds like they might split the 16 over 2 seasons which is kind of a compromise and maybe something AMC can realistically afford. (i.e. 8 episodes a year instead of 13 in one year) Reminds me of the deal that the LOST producers made with ABC to get 3 more seasons (16 episodes each..pre-writer’s strike) when Damon and Carlton originally wanted 2 more 24 episode seasons. Of course, money wasn’t the MAIN issue with LOST. So, not sure what my point is lol

  • Brad

    Best news of the day!!

  • Donner

    Love. This. Show.

  • Nirveeze

    I’m sad to see it go, but thrilled it’s on the show runners terms. I’ve a feeliing that it will be split into two half seasons though, which I’m also cool with.

  • Richard

    Yes Best show ever besides boomtown and malcolm in the middle! Also, is it the same budget as last season?

  • Anjee

    Is it me or does this season seem to be moving a little slow?

    • Mack

      It’s you.

    • Walter White

      I totally agree that it’s been slow. What’s really happened? Things have been so slow, I forgot to watch it tonight.
      Seriously, what’s moving this show along? Where is the drama from last season, or season 2? There’s not threat to their operation.
      Oh wait, we’ll see if Jessie screws up again, and then Walter will come in a save him, let me guess in the nick of time?
      They don’t deserve 16 more episodes, it should have ended last season.

      • AB

        Go watch Jersey Shore if you want instant gratification and simplicity.
        The show is building its storyline, and yeah, its not happening at a quick pace, but the payoff is always totally more than worth it. Gilligan has done this before. Season 2 was similar.
        And there’s an easy solution to your “it should’ve ended last season” attitude – don’t watch. There are obviously enough viewers who don’t share your attitude, or else the show wouldn’t have gotten a 16-episode 5th season.

      • Los Pollos

        Another great episode last night. Walt telling Hank that Heisenberg was still out there, not so smart my friend.

    • Q

      For all the complainers, tell me where was this intense action up to this point in season 3?? The action didn’t pick up until episode 6 (the RV standoff). There is nothing different about this season’s pace. Season 3 spent a majority of the initial episodes showing how Walt and Jesse were recovering from the traumatic events that ended season 2 and Skyler trying to figure out her marriage and career, Hank dealing with the El Paso stuff. I dunno if this is the first time you’re watching it weekly vs. DVD marathons but this is how the show goes, folks.

    • Abe Froman

      There does seem to be a little filler this season. This show is just a slow burn, it will pick up I’m sure.

    • Don

      This season is moving incredibly slow. It’s still good, but like someone already said, all the drama is a continuation of last season. There is no new material. Hopefully this Gus storyline wraps up soon.

  • tvgirl48

    This is definitely the type of show that would benefit from an actual end date. I think the British model (fewer episodes, finite seasons) works really well in that you can actually plan an ending. No need for it to overstay its welcome and go downhill by either losing crew or network support.

  • JB

    Great news! I wonder if they would make a 10 episode season 5 and then end the final season with 6 episodes. And Anjee – I think it’s moving at normal BB pace. Episode 1 was great, episode 2 was devoted to the characters “recovering” from the recent events, ep 3 was the only weak one of the bunch, and ep 4 is now the storyline starting to progress. BB always takes you on a roller coaster of intensity. It starts off slowly and then starts to rise as the season goes on, dips back down a little and then skyrockets during the last 2-3 episodes of the season.

    • AB

      Exactly :)

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