For Walter White fans (maybe “fans” is the wrong word), there’s good news and bad news. The good news is we finally have a Breaking Bad return date for the second half the show’s fifth and final season. The bad news is we’ll all have to wait until August 11th, 2013, which may not seem that far away, but if you are like me, you are anxious to see just what Hank will be getting up to after his revealing trip to bathroom.
In its first four seasons, Breaking Bad has enjoyed the ever coveted overlap of both high critical praise and huge commercial success. The show has won more Emmy’s than most hands have fingers, and the premiere of season five back in 2012 drew 2.9 million viewers. In my mind, it is probably the perfect example of character development driving plot, and Walter White’s transformation from meek, cancer victim to petty, ruthless drug lord has been a wild and terrifying ride, and with Vince Gilligan’s eye for foreshadowing, it looks like we are headed towards an explosive finale.
Along with the news of the show’s return, AMC also announced Talking Bad, an analysis show of each week’s episode much in the same vein as Talking Dead, which accompanied last season of AMC’s similarly popular The Walking Dead. This news along with the spin-off series in the works focusing on Bob Odenkirk’s character, the lovably corrupt lawyer, Saul Goodman, proves that AMC is not afraid of mining their preexisting franchises for every last drop of ratings gold. I guess, the question is whether they are afraid of looking elsewhere and branching out with new content. Not that I’m complaining. Saul is a great character, and if they can do him justice in his own show I’ll gladly watch the crap out of it. But the end of Breaking Bad and the coming conclusion of Mad Men next year does leave one wondering what AMC will be doing next.