AMC Renews Breaking Bad for 16 Final Episodes

Life imitated art last week, when the crew and studio behind Breaking Bad wiggled out of a tough predicament by staging a gritty standoff. Except, instead of a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker facing off against drug dealers, Mexican cartel members, a bitter wife, the DEA, and his own pride, it was Sony Television and the makers of Breaking Bad staring down the barrel of a gun wielded by AMC.

The two sides made their feud public after AMC requested a final, shortened season of six or eight episodes; Sony responded by shopping the series to rival cable networks, including FX. The result of the stalemate: Breaking Bad will get sixteen more episodes to wrap up its story after the conclusion of the current thirteen-episode fourth season, the network announced yesterday.

That doesn't mean Season 5 will definitely be Breaking Bad's last (though it certainly appears that way). There are no deals in place that dictate how the final sixteen episodes will be dispersed, which means it's possible they could be divided among two shorter seasons instead of becoming one super-sized season.

In the end, it's a victory for the series, which now has time to end on its own terms. Creator Vince Gilligan said in a statement: “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 that 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.”


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I agree, it is good news and gives them time to really carefully plan a good solid last season.
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i hope Walt's cancer kills him unexpectedly. Like right in the middle of the story, so there's no closure. That'd be interesting.
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winning!
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HUZZAH!!!!
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That means there are only 24 episodes left to wrap up Heisengberg's/Walt's story. I think it's more than enough to get a satisfying closure to one of the best drama shows ever made.
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love this show, seriously best out there
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I love this show and im glad that it's not going to end yet. I hope we aren't left with any lingering questions. I hate when shows do that.
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Good to read there's more fans in these comments who are happy with this news, like I am. Good shows end on their own terms. The worst possible situation for writing a tv show is having the chance of it being cancelled at any time. That makes it impossible to lay down effective story arcs. Breaking Bad wasn't supposed to be an indefinetely extensible show like The Simpsons or Law & Order. It needs to end, and I'm confident now that it will end well. Besides, 5 seasons is quite a lot for a show of such rare quality. If only Firefly and Carnivale got this many episodes, but at least some shows get the chance. I'm happy :)
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I fully agree, especially about Firefly and Carnivale. Carnivale was shipping up to be my favorite show. I remember reading somewhere that Daniel Knauf, or Knauph or something the show's creator, had five seasons all planned out. However, due to the monstrous budget and waning ratings HBO gave the young show the axe. That show had me completely mystified.
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why man why i love this series. fk those retards
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Well, so how will it end? I'd go for the bad ending: Walter jr. becomes addicted to blue meth now that they have the money, Hank recovers and goes after everyone, starting with Gus (which leads to Walter and Jesse becoming the drug kingpins for a short time). When he realizes that Walter is the genius cook he sets him up for a trap. Jesse is killed, Walter goes to jail. Skyler as well for accessory to murder, the baby goes to Hank and Marie. Walter junior is seen roaming the streets and buying meth from Badger. Final scene is Walter White in prison, a doctor telling him that the cancer is back and he has two weeks left to live. The end!





Cause after what has happened over the years I'd be disappointed if the message of all would be that crime pays. He should be in a situation where everything is worse than when he first started to break bad.
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Oh nooo. I don't want it to end.
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this is great news! I've just been thinking for the last few episodes how much longer they will take the show and i was hoping they didn't drag it out for too much longer because i feel like shows begin to decline after about 5 or 6 seasons. Hope BB gets an amazing and deserved final season (and it better be only one more, not two short ones!!)
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@vicbjones, My assessment (though you are more than welcome to disagree quite completely) of the three most influential shows on modern TV are "Law & Order", "The X-Files", and "Friends". "Law & Order" reshaped the modern drama, especially given the CBS formula, i.e. procedural dramas. "The X-Files" reshaped the quality of the long story-arc. Certainly that show had about 60% procedural episodes, but what kept you coming back and led the way for shows like "Breaking Bad" and so forth were the "conspiracy episodes" (and clearly you can see where VG would develop such an amazing storytelling style). And of course "Friends" was responsible for re-kick-starting the sit-com concept for the younger generation. I just wish more networks would realize that the achievement of six attractive youths in a sit-com is the exception, not the rule. I believe that is why we have so many bad sit-coms parading around today (also, I am not the one to originate this idea, that would be Tina Fey, I just agree with her).
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"Friends," unfortunately, I would agree is the template for at least 60% of the sitcoms on TV now. Everything's trying to be the next "Friends" 10 years after it went off the air. I'd also agree that "Law & Order" laid the groundwork for the plethora of procedurals on the air and that "X-Files" is the show that leaves 20 somethings expecting every drama series to have overarching storylines.
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All 16 episodes should be saved for its last season. Don't incur the wrath of so many loyal fans who have been with this great TV show since the beginning. Plus the sooner the series is done the faster I can buy the Blu-Ray collector set.
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I'm so glad they aren't going to drag the show out. No matter how good a show is, it can't go on for 10 seasons without a drop in quality.
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I bet there are more people who prefer the Tom Baker Dr Who episodes to the William Hartnell episodes than the other way around. Even if a show continues for years, there's a chance the quality can come back up.
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But Breaking Bad isn't Doctor Who. There's no new Walter.
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Parting is such sweet sorrow. I'm glad the writers and creators are in control of when to end their show. I'd rather have a full satisfying close than have a show go on and on. I hate it when a show seems like they're just pulling stuff out of the sky until they run out of ideas. I hope Breaking Bad's ending knocks everything out of the park.
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"My wonderful writers," Gilligan said. Considering how much acclaim Breaking Bad has gotten, and the other successful series written by or run by X-Files alumni, is it fair to say The X-Files has had a massive influence on television of the last decade?
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I find this a welcome decision. It is always reassuring when shows get to end on their own terms, especially a superb show like this. Also, five seasons is often enough, even though understandably many would like to see more seasons. After five seasons the story creating machine usually starts running on empty and the quality goes down. Even though the series after that gets to end on its own terms, it is not satisfying because it feels like the ending falls flat. Also, AMC is a small company and has had difficulties to find money for all the quality series Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead. Killing one at its top releases funds to develop the other series and to come up with new top shows.
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Who cares ? I never liked it. Sorry but that is my opinion
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Save up some money and buy some better taste.
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Anybody who lists The Cape as their sixth favorite show, and doesn't like Breaking Bad, has absolutely no appreciation for quality television. Sorry, but that is my opinion.
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I absolutely agree with you, Arch_Angel88!
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I cannot think of better news for the show. Awesome show from the start to right now, and hopefully through to the finish. Plus, with a show this volatile, it's nice to know that they're thinking ahead to the finish point.
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I'm really bummed at how much they may spread these episodes out... the LA Times reported that they might not have any episodes in 2012 and could split the final 16 over 2013 and 2014.
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That would be unbearably excruciating.
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Breaking Bad is absolutely awesome.... probably the best thing currently running. But there's no way it can continue the way it's gone and maintain the slightest semblance of how it started. If they're wise, they'll end it at the end of the fifth. All good things must come to an end.
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