Breaking Bad renewed for fifth and final season
Story by Jack Foley
ACCLAIMED drama Breaking Bad has been renewed by AMC for a final 16 more episodes.
One of the few shows to rival Mad Men‘s domination of the awards calendar each year, the Sony-produced drama will begin production on its fifth and final run in early 2012.
Thus far, it has won AMC six Emmys, including three consecutive wins for lead actor Bryan Cranston, and averages 4.3 million viewers – nearly double what Mad Men delivers.
The current season – now airing in the US to widespread acclaim – is actually delivering 28 per cent more total viewers compared to last season, a rarity in TV terms but indicative of the strong word of mouth and slow pull of this great series.
In a statement on Sunday, AMC president Charlie Collier said that news of the renewal was a relief as well as sad, given that it marks the final series.
“Watching this story evolve into the complex, compelling, and intense roller coaster ride that it has become has been an incredible creative experience for everyone at AMC,” he said.
“While it is sad to even contemplate the end of the series, we are so happy to have had the chance to go on this ride, and truly look forward to presenting the rest of this amazing story.”
Creator Vince Gilligan also commented on his relief at being able to wrap the series on his own terms, saying: “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. Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”