This news isn’t very surprising and, in a way, it’s actually kind of relieving.
Speaking with EW, BREAKING BAD star Bryan Cranston has confirmed that the show’s final 16 episodes will be split into two shorter-than-normal seasons. While it hasn’t officially been announced, plans are to start airing the first eight this July.
Here’s Cranston’s quote:
“We’re splitting it. We’re going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year.”
Bad news: we don’t get to finish Walter White’s story in one season. Good news: we don’t have to say goodbye this year. While I’m anxious to see the conclusion of BREAKING BAD, I really, really don’t want this show to end so I’m actually not too bummed about the mid-season split.
Cranston went on about the final 16 episodes. However, he does talk about some season four spoilers so stay away if you aren’t caught up.
Here’s Cranston once again:
“We pick up right where we left off. 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.”
Cranston has been trying to allow himself to become darker and darker? Uh oh. It sounds like the final two seasons of the show will be about Walter either finally succumbing to his dark side or fighting to redeem himself. This is BREAKING BAD so I wouldn’t be surprised if he falls deeper and deeper into the abyss.
In case you missed it: here’s a few questions I had about the show after the killer season four finale.
Thanks to EW for the quotes.