Chatting from the set of Breaking Bad’s fifth season premiere in New Mexico, Emmy award-winning star Bryan Cranston told Entertainment Weekly that AMC’s hit drama will likely split its final season into two chunks.
“We’re going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year,” he said.
AMC and Sony Pictures TV have yet to confirm this decision. EW also quoted a studio spokesperson who said this is a scenario that’s being considered.
If the split-season plan goes through, Breaking Bad would presumably air this July and again next summer. Additionally, this may prolong the show’s award eligibility for an extra season.
““We pick up right where we left off,” Cranston said about the upcoming season. “We’re cleaning up the pieces from last season’s huge ordeal where Gus Fring was forced to meet his maker. It’s not as easy as Walter thought. And as we’ve discovered over the years, you don’t really know who Walter White is. I’m still discovering who he is and I’m trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker. There’s physical danger to himself and his family, plus there’s the emotional danger due to his anger and hubris. It’s about the evil that men do and where that takes him.”
Breaking Bad is expected to return this summer.