Breaking Bad Season 5 Part 2 to Air Summer 2013

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. 


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Written by: mcpherson
May 21st, 2012, 1:28 pm

Breaking Bad Junkie (BBJ)

Message Posted On Aug 6th, 2013, 1:00 pm
Anyone, any Idea when season 5 part 2 is aired in the UK? The US it starts Mid August 2013. Smashed all series out in 3 weeks. Basically OD'd on the shit! Gonna be a killer watchin 1 ep at every week not unless it released on Netflix all in 1 go & when? I need answers! clucking like meth head! You never seen breaking bad? sort your life out! watch and you'll understand.

Message Posted On Jan 15th, 2013, 5:44 pm
Top guy it was on fx first there all on Netflix now

Message Posted On Jan 14th, 2013, 5:12 am
This is incredibly annoying for me as a British viewer. Season 1 was aired on FiveUS, but they didn't advertise and nobody watched it so they sold series 2 to FX, but as nobody had seen series 1 the same thing happened. So naturally no other broadcaster wanted to pick it up. There's still a British fan base but we're all either DVD buyers or illegal downloaders. As a DVD buyer this means I've got to wait for sodding ever to see the final series. This show has amazing writers, directors and actors. But those in charge of marketing and programming have completely failed to do a good job.

Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2013, 7:38 pm
I can hook you up wit that blue shit, just hit me up on facebook :)
Captn Cook

Message Posted On Jan 10th, 2013, 2:28 pm
This reviewer is the little bitch. Breaking Bad is quality TV and we're actually getting 16 episodes instead of the normal 12. So what if it's broken up in two parts. Season one was only 7 Eps By the way. Grow up.
I watched it drunk.. and

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 12:01 pm
What if walt aint even guilty, cuz when you think about it lyke.... he only did it for a bit of dolla. I wonder what happens when Hank finds out about all the bad boy partys Jesse had. Hank will feel sorry for walt for having to kill people and for putting up with Jesse and his shenanigans as well as Skyler always flapping her lip. and so they'll hug, have a drink and laugh about old times. Its all fun and games when you start cooking meth.. worth it though, not really. sort of.

Message Posted On Nov 23rd, 2012, 8:55 pm
Where's the other half, bitCH!

Message Posted On Sep 2nd, 2012, 8:38 pm
Everyone needs to snail mail and email amc to complain!
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