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'Breaking Bad' Renewed for Fifth and Final Season

August 15, 2011 (2:08 am) GMT
The Bryan Cranston-starring crime series will return on AMC for 16-episode season 5 with production slated to commence in early 2012.

"" will bid farewell after another season. It has just been reported that AMC has ordered 16 episodes for the fifth season, which will also be the final season of the Emmy-winning series.

AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement on Sunday, August 14, "While it is sad to even contemplate the end of the series, we are so happy to have had the chance to go on this ride, and truly look forward to presenting the rest of this amazing story."

"It's a funny irony - I'd hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I'm delighted to know what Walter White's will be," creator Vince Gilligan chimed in. He also promised to write "a satisfying conclusion", adding that "if we don't manage to pull that off, we've got no one to blame but ourselves."

The decision was made after alleged "tense talks" between the network and Sony regarding the fate of the show. It was previously rumored that "Breaking Bad" was shopped around amid contract battles between the studio and network.

The fifth season of the crime drama series will start production in early 2012. The currently airing fourth season continues delivering strong ratings for AMC, averaging 4.3 million viewers so far.

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