What to expect in 'Breaking Bad's' fifth season
July 13th, 2012
09:36 AM ET

What to expect in 'Breaking Bad's' fifth season

"Breaking Bad" returns to AMC on Sunday for the first half if its fifth and final season, and star Bryan Cranston has warned that you'll need to put on your big person underpants.

“You will s***, uncontrollably, watching this new season," the Emmy-winning actor, who portrays the terminally ill chemistry teacher-turned-crystal meth kingpin, Walter White, on the acclaimed series, told THR.

He laughingly added that his character "gets a bevy of hookers, [and] he goes crazy!" before growing more serious.

"With Gus gone now, Walt is more in control this season and we get to see [his wife] Skyler becoming more of his equal," Cranston told the magazine. "Also, characters from earlier in the series may be popping in again – like Jesse’s friends Skinny Pete and Badger. Anything can happen now, and will.”

Aaron Paul, who plays White's partner Jesse Pinkman, seconded that uncertainty - except when it comes to one thing.

“You never know anyone’s fate on this show… but we know it’s not going to end pretty," Paul said. "The countdown is on. It’s a bloodbath, I’ll tell you that. It’s brutal."

But, the 32-year-old actor cautions, while show creator Vince Gilligan "keeps pushing the envelope with darker and darker stories," "Breaking Bad" doesn't go to the dark side without reason.

"We’re trying to tell an honest story," Paul said. "And all these actions have circumstances the characters have to deal with. It gets very heavy and very dirty this season, like nothing we’ve seen before.”

We'll see for ourselves when the first eight episodes of "Breaking Bad's" final season begins Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m. ET. The second half of the season will air next year.


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  1. Hot Carl

    I just want to know, is Walt Jr. a gimp in real life or is he acting? The unibrow makes him look like a neanderthal.

    July 16, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • KLC

      @Hot Carl – he isn't a gimp; he has mild cerebral palsy. An easy google search would have given you the information you needed instead of making yourself look like a total ignoramus.

      July 16, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Hot Carl

      Whatever.
      What I want to know is if the show gets nominated for an Emmy, will the crip walk the red carpet?
      When he's doing a scene, who works his eyebrows? Is there a string on his back that someone pulls? He looks like a ventriloquist dummy.

      July 16, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. tony soprano

    I am planning a family vacation to ABQ – at which point I take over for Walt and my idiot son
    takes over for jesse ! BAD-A-BING!

    July 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. breaking free

    I think Madrigal – the parent company of Los Pollos Hermanos – is going to be plenty angry about the destruction of corporate property & Walt is going to find himself on the hook to pay for it by continuing servitude to a corporate boss....I don't think he is going to take it – I think something has to give. Will he be co-opted/reintegrated into corporate culture, will corporate power reign supreme in the end or will Walt find a way to do what the rest of us have not?

    July 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. operationtransform

    Breaking up Breaking Bad will give the viewers 2 more abbreviated seasons....you know the last episode of the first part will be a cliffhanger. They are doing it smartly, in my opinion. As a day one viewer and fan of the show, I don't care how they do it, as long as they keep on doing it well and getting it done.

    July 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. operationtransform

    They say a character that you think is dead really isn't dead. Doubtful they really killed off Gus.

    July 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Glenn

    5 seasons? How terminally ill can he be?

    July 15, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael Calaizzo

    I have been a viewer from the first episode.

    July 15, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • trillion1

      I am hot and cold on this last season. Breaking it into two parts to try to get more awards will ruin the flow. And Gus was such a powerful character I don't see how they can replace him.

      July 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    they should air one episode per year. that way the should wouldnt end for another 16 years.... imagine how much hype and advertising they could get out of that. 8 eps a season is just plain too much, its gets people into the show enough that it becomes a disappointment when it just stops. one ep a year makes it so you don't forget everything while you wait for the next one. I dont know why they don't do that with more shows would make it so much more exciting.

    July 15, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nun

    OK, Walt HAS to loss everything he's worked for in the drug business! The show has to send the message that "crime does not pay." So, not only will Skyler be arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison, he and his son Walt Jr will be killed and his daughter will be placed in foster care. That's the only way this can end on a moral high note. Marie will have a nervous breakdown and Hank will find a new woman and live happily ever after. The end.

    July 15, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Of course that would be a lie...the lie the various proponents of the wars on drugs want you to eat, hook line and sinker, but a lie none the less.

      July 16, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. kasey

    Thanks, DISH NETWORK for having a fight with AMC right before the last season of Breaking Bad starts. I'm so happy to be a subscriber right about now. I can do without WE, it's a crap network anyway, but I want to see AMC!

    July 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vince

    Saw my first episode two weeks ago. I have now watched all four seasons. I am addicted.
    Can't wait for season 5. Love all of the characters.

    July 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave H

    Albuquerque did not run off Breaking Bad. It was the new Republican Gov of New Mexico that is trying to kill the TV/Movie industry here by limiting Tax breaks to the studios that make movies here. We here in Albuquerque love the show and hate to see it go. I have lived in Albuquerque for 30 years and Breaking Bad does not give the city a bad image at all.In Fact,it put us on the map. Can't wait for season 5! Go Walt Go!!!

    July 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. evolved one

    Great show.....it will be a bit of torture to have to wait for the conclusion but are some things not worth waiting for?

    July 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. angryblackman

    I am so tired of this half a season a year crap. either make two full seasons or show the whole thing. stop dragging crap out. you paid the actors for one season but you are going to stretch the show out over two years so you can get advertising out of it? that is really turning people like me off to really good shows. sci fi played that game with a bunch of shows after the writer's strike and see how they ended. just show us the final season and be done with it.

    July 14, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • angryirishgermanman

      I agree. So sick of the networks having months long hiatuses. Just show the whole series. I've lost interest in shows because of the long breaks. Makes me care less about the characters and what happens to them.

      July 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave in dc

      Normally I would agree with you guys but it really wasn't the studio this time around, it was Albuquerque. One of the main reasons the show is ending was that the city was done with it being portrayed as Meth Central. They want them over, and out. Now, I'd agree they could just end it this year, and that's the advertising piece of it. But they could not two two more seasons.

      July 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. New fan

    Like several other shows on AMC, this show is one of the best on the small screen. Its a shame it has to go at a short five seasons. I blitzed seasons 1-4 this past winter, and have been eagerly anticipating this "final" season ever since.

    The two leads are superb, and the show itself is very interesting, and well written. Well written television programs, with the ability to watch a whole season at once, are the cream of the pinnacle of the art right now.

    Congrats to all the cast, crew, and the network. Please (I'm really begging here) keep up the good work!

    July 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

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      http://www.storminforms.com

      July 14, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      Seriously, there's only so much you can do with a high school science teacher turned meth cook/drug lord. It had to end sometime, why not go out while it's still good?

      July 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Your mom

    Jesse will kill Walt

    July 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeyZ

      Jesse is an idiot and a sociopath. Walt is a genius and a sociopath. Who do you think is really going to win that one?

      July 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • goot

      Then Walt Jr. will kill Jesse and take over as the kingpin of the ABQ! Hank will then kill Walt Jr, at which point Walt's wife will kill Hank, and finally the baby will take over the empire.....your thoughts.

      July 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Lidell

    And I hope this time they do NOT censor the closed captions as they did the last four season's first run. So wrong to delete the cuss words in the captions when they are spoken. AMC said they did this because children might be present. I AM NOT A CHILD! My favorite gets marred by this "paternalism" We deaf are NOT inferior or need "Protection"

    July 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Jesus, If children are watching, the cuss words in the captions, are the LEAST things that will "scar" them.

      July 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Becky

    Don't complain about them taking thier time releasing the shows. That's what makes them so freaking awesome- they take thier time writing and filming them. When studios rush out a show/film, the result is usually crap.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. be quiet

    can. not. WAIT!

    July 13, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  20. Bex

    I can't wait. I'm going to miss this show. My only criticism... What's this cutting a season in halves all about?? AMC did it with Walking Dead and it's getting obnoxious.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |

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