For months, the premiere date of Breaking Bad’s Fifth Season was shrouded in mystery just like Walter White’s secret blue meth formula.
But today AMC finally shed some light on when TV’s best show will make its way back to the cable wires. On July 15, less than two short months away, the saga will start back up with the first of eight installments due this summer (It’s safe to assume that Episode Eight will end with some sort of monster cliffhanger).
Whetting fans appetites with just eight episodes, AMC will then give us all a figurative case of blue-balls, making us wait almost a full year before letting loose on the final eight episodes in the Summer of 2013. Hopefully, this is the only cue that Breaking Bad takes from The Sopranos, which also split its final season into two parts (The cue I don’t want it to take is the abrupt series finale’s cut-to-black). In any event, all good things come to an end and the only thing that’s preventing me from shedding a tear for Breaking Bad is knowing that we have sixteen awesome episodes before the credits roll one last time.
One thing to note about the Season 5 premiere is that it lands on the day that this year’s San Diego Comic-Con ends. How awesome would it be if AMC brought the Breaking Bad crew down with Con stalwart The Walking Dead? I can’t think of a more fantastic way to get the fan-demonium started.
But enough daydreaming; AMC made two other announcements via press release. The network will use the Breaking Bad lead-in to launch new, unscripted series Small Town Security. The new series, which will have an eight-episode season, will focus on a small, family-owned private security company located in rural Georgia.
Two weeks later, AMC will fire up Hell on Wheels again with a second season on Sunday, August 2.
Are you excited for the final season of Breaking Bad?