Last week, we reported that Breaking Bad's fifth season would start up on July 15, with a fifth season of sixteen episodes being broken up into two halves of eight. While that's still true, the second half of the season won't be airing in early 2013, as we had thought likely. No, AMC announced today that it would be holding the premiere of season 5 part 2 out until Summer 2013.
It should be obvious why this is frustrating.
This news means that we'll get eight episodes of Breaking Bad's final season before having to wait almost another year to get the final eight episodes of the very same season. The scheduling choice was obviously made because AMC wants to prolong Breaking Bad's exit as long as possible, and while that might make financial sense to the network, it's ultimately disappointing -- much more disappointing than, say, a four-month midseason break before bringing the show back in early 2013. One can't help but feel a little cheated.
Also, if we're having to wait over a year to see the entirety of season 5, why don't they just go ahead and split the sixteen-episode order into two seasons? I'd much rather have a complete fifth season run this summer and a complete sixth season run next summer than see one season stretched out with a painfully long hiatus. It's all semantics, but it would certainly feel less like we're being strung along. And with potential DVD sales that could be gleaned from this, how does this not make sense for AMC? Perhaps this is why I'll never be a TV scheduler.
In any case, you can bet that the eight episodes of Breaking Bad we get this summer will be of top-notch quality. Former Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons has been cast as "Todd, a dependable, innocuous, working-class guy," who "may not be what he appears to be." As we continue to chart the downward moral spiral of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), it'll be interesting to see how Plemons' enigmatic new character fits in.
Breaking Bad's fifth season premieres on July 15 (at least, the first half of it does). AMC also announced that western series Hell on Wheels would premiere its second season on August 12.