Breaking Bad is back for the last half of Season 5 on AMC. The new season starts Sunday, August 11th at 9pm on AMC. The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad will hit Netflix in the UK the day after they air in the States.
Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul plus the rest of the superb cast are back for a final 8-episode season of meth-fueled suburban chaos. It seems unnecessary to lavish more praise on Breaking Bad at this point. As one critic said: "What more is there to say about Breaking Bad? After five seasons, it feels almost beside the point to praise the outstanding acting of its stellar cast, lead by Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn, to laud its cinematography, which raised the standards for television across the board, or to meditate further on the stark clarity of Vince Gilligan's moral vision." So let's dig into these final episodes together and enjoy the conclusion of a great television show.
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About the Final Episodes
AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama Breaking Bad returns to AMC for its final eight episodes on Sun., Aug. 11 at 9/8c. At the end of the first half of Season 5, Jesse (Aaron Paul) has abandoned the meth business and parted ways with Walt, who claims to Skyler (Anna Gunn) that he, too, is finished. Yet, in one of the series' most pivotal moments, Hank (Dean Norris) discovers that his unassuming brother-in-law is in fact the elusive Heisenberg he has been tracking for so long. In the highly anticipated series conclusion, the sun begins to set on Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) tenuous empire as the world around him begins to unravel and he finds himself as anything but "the king." Yet, even when all hope might be lost, Walt refuses to back down ó determined to fight until the bitter end.
About the Show
Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family's financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.
Bryan Cranston - Walter White
Anna Gunn - Skyler White
Aaron Paul - Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris - Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt - Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte - Walter White, Jr.
Bob Odenkirk - Saul Goodman
Other Links and Media
- WikipediaVideos (This is the best of them, check out the post below for a whole lot more)
- AMC Vids
- AMC's Official Site
- Where to watch Breaking Bad
- AMC's full recap of Breaking Bad
- GAF S1 thread
- GAF S2 thread
- GAF S3 thread
- GAF S4 thread
- GAF S5 Part 1 thread
- GAF S5 Interim thread
- Ozymandias - As Read by Bryan Cranston: Breaking Bad Trailer
- Comic-Con Trailer: Breaking Bad Countdown Mashup
- Fan-made 9 minute Breaking Bad recap video (youtube)
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- Tim Goodman's review for THR: 'Breaking Bad's' Final Season Premiere: TV Review *some vague, minor spoilers*- Variety review
The Bottom Line: Vince Gilligan and his cast hit the ground running in the show's last eight-episode stretch.- NY Daily News:
For those onboard since the beginning, ìBreaking Bad's final batch of episodes seems destined to produce nothing less than a frenzy, a testament, in part, to how bracingly unpredictable Vince Gilligan's creation has been. And while the first of these remaining hours does little to suggest whether the wrap-up will ultimately prove worthy of the journey, it's breathtaking stuff, providing tour-de-force moments for the key characters. There's no telling where 'Bad' will wind up. But if this first hit is any indication, the audience is in very good hands.- The Wrap: 'Breaking Bad' Review: Is This What Meth Is Like?
AMC's dark and masterful drama starts its final eight episodes Aug. 11, and the first of those episodes cranks the vice, ratcheting up the pressure even on those who donít yet feel it. 4 out of 5 stars- Hollywood Chicago Review: TV Review: AMC Begins Final Arc of Beloved 'Breaking Bad' *spoilers*
I envy you getting to see the return episode for the first time. "Breaking Bad" is still giddily addictive, a joy to watch, a marvel.
Creative confidence has long been a hallmark of 'Breaking Bad' but the program has rarely seemed more sure of where it's going than it does right now. We drift from great programs when it feels like the writers know about as much about where their characters are going as we do. I don't think there's ever been a moment of doubt in the entire arc of 'Breaking Bad' but it's more notable than ever. In Vince Gilligan we trust.