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The fifth and final season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 15, 2012. It consists of 16 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length except for the final two which run at 53 minutes respectively. AMC broadcast the first part of the fifth season on Sundays at 10:00 pm ET in the United States, and the second part on Sundays at 9:00 pm. The season is split into two parts, each containing eight episodes. The second half of the season made its debut on August 11, 2013.

Story

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One year into the future, Walter White sits alone at a restaurant with his head full of hair and beard grown, he meets with Lawson, his former gun dealer, who gives him a key to a car in exchange of some money. Walt takes a pill and leaves the restaurant, approaching the car and revealing that he just bought a M60 machine gun that's hidden in the car's trunk.

Back to the present, Walt returns home after finally killing Gustavo Fring, he disposes of anything linking him to his successful plot against Gus and then hides the ricin he stole from Jesse Pinkman inside his bedroom, but the laptop containing security footage of Walt is held by the police. Walt calls Jesse and Mike Ehrmantraut to setup a mission to help him destroy the laptop using an industrial electromagnet, but in the process of doing so, the police end up discovering a secret bank account held by Gus that was used to pay his employees. Back home, Walt tries to forgive Skyler White, but the damage has already been done: She's afraid of him. ("Live Free or Die")

Because Skyler used the money Walt earned from Gus' operation to pay off Ted Beneke's IRS debt, Walt believes he has no choice but to start cooking meth again to earn back the money he lost. Walt and Jesse try to convince Mike to join them, but he refuses, stating that Walt is a "time-bomb." Meanwhile, the police discovered that a Madrigal Electromotive GmbH executive, Peter Schuler, was working with Gus in the meth business and was one of the many people being paid by the discovered bank account. Peter commits suicide before the German police are able to reach him.

Worried about this situation, Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, another one of Gus' contact working for Madrigal, tries to contact Mike. She offers to pay him to eliminate the eleven men from the bank account before the police reach them too, but Mike refuses. Lydia then tries to get Mike killed, but fails. Mike decides to use Lydia to help Walt and Jesse in their newly founded Drug Empire. ("Madrigal")

Walt, Jesse and Mike begin a three-way partnership to distribute meth again, while not fully trusting Lydia. Their plans for meth manufacturing are almost not succesful because Saul Goodman cannot locate satisfactory sites, save for one — a pest control company known as Vamonos Pest. Walt and Jesse use the business's fumigation tents on random houses as a mobile laboratory: after the tents are positioned on a house, Jesse and Walt use a mobile meth lab inside the house to produce their product. Skyler realizes that Walter is not exactly free from his meth-making past and begins to fear for her and her children's lives because of the danger involved. Meanwhile, Walt is worried that Jesse forming a new family with Andrea Cantillo will intervene in their new operation, so he manipulates Jesse into breaking up with her. Walt and Mike get into a heated argument when Walt finds out that Mike is planning to use nearly half of their money from distribution to pay off the nine employees from the bank account that are now all in prison. ("Hazard Pay")

Hank Schrader is promoted to become the new ASAC for the DEA in Albuquerque for his work in discovering Gus' drug empire. He decides to start a new investigation on the nine employees imprisoned, knowing that there are still more people connected to Gus. The Schraders later reunite with the Whites for Walt's birthday party, where Skyler tries to commit suicide by walking into the pool. After being saved, she asks Marie Schrader to take care of her children. After the Schrader's leave, Skyler reveals to Walter that, with no other options, she is just patiently waiting for his cancer to come back.

Meanwhile, the methylamine flow is disrupted because Lydia found a GPS tracker stuck to the bottom of one of the barrels, forcing Walter, Jesse, and Mike to think of another option to keep the meth production. Walt decides that the methylamine will keep flowing no matter what: They are just beginning. ("Fifty-One")

Mike kidnaps Lydia, planning to kill her if she doesn't reveal that the GPS in the barrel was her plan to be set free from the operation, but they end up discovering that she was not lying, the DEA planted the tracker. Lydia offers Walt another option to obtain methylamine: rob a train carrying a large shipment. The heist is nearly compromised when a child spots them, but he is shot by a new hire for the heist, Todd Alquist. ("Dead Freight")

As the DEA begins to track Mike, and with the recent death of the child, both Jesse and Mike design a permanent exit for themselves from the business. They plan to sell their methylamine for $5 million each to Declan, a major regional meth producer and distributor. Walt derails Jesse and Mike's scheme when he refuses to sell his share of the methylamine, forcing Mike to lock up Walt until the deal is done. Walt is able to escape and takes the methylamine with him, he later gives Mike and Jesse another option to earn money with the production like he wants and at the same time Mike and Jesse can leave the business, "everybody wins." ("Buyout")

Walt uses his Heisenberg persona's infamy to cut a distribution deal with Declan and negotiate the $5 million severance for Mike. Jesse is determined to leave the business, irrespective of his financial cut, so Walter enlists Todd as his assistant cook. After the DEA closes in on Mike, he decides to leave for good.

Walt meets with Mike in the desert so they can set things up before Mike departs New Mexico. Walt says that there is one last thing that he requires from Mike: the name of Gus' nine employees that might talk in prison, but Mike refuses to give them, blaming Walt for all the bad things that happened until now. Walter impulsively shoots Mike dead after a confrontation, later regretting the action when he remembers that Lydia has the names. ("Say My Name")

After getting rid of Mike's body, Walt manages to get the names from Lydia and arranges for the men to be killed by associates of Todd's uncle, Jack Welker, leader of a white supremacist gang.

In exchange for her safety, Lydia arranges for Walt's product to be shipped to the Czech Republic using Madrigal's more obscure branches. Over the next few months, this nets Walt an extraordinary amount of money - so much that, after some pleading from Skyler, he finally decides to retire, dropping off $5 million he owed to Jesse at his door. Months later, the White family is happily living under one roof again.

All seems to be going well until one day during a barbecue with the Whites and the Schraders, Hank excuses himself to the toilet and while searching for something to keep himself distracted, he discovers a book of Walt Whitman poetry dedicated to "WW" by "GB". Hank, remembering a conversation with Walt regarding the initials from his earlier investigation and surmising that "GB" is Gale Boetticher, clearly sees that Walter is Heisenberg. ("Gliding Over All")

Cast

Main Cast

Cast Portrays Ep. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Bryan Cranston Walter White 8
Anna Gunn Skyler White 8
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman 8
Dean Norris Hank Schrader 7
Betsy Brandt Marie Schrader 5
RJ Mitte Walter White Jr. 6
Bob Odenkirk Saul Goodman 6
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut 8

Episodes

Awards and nominations

Ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad ("Hazard Pay", "Fifty-One", "Dead Freight", "Buyout", "Say My Name", "Gliding Over All") Won
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Michelle MacLaren ("Gliding Over All") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series George Mastras ("Dead Freight") Nominated
Thomas Schnauz ("Say My Name") Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston ("Say My Name") Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks ("Say My Name") Nominated
Aaron Paul ("Buyout") Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Anna Gunn ("Fifty-One") Won
65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series Michael Slovis ("Gliding Over All") Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Kelley Dixon ("Gliding Over All") Won
Skip Macdonald ("Dead Freight") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Nick Forshager, Jason Tregoe Newman, Kathryn Madsen, Mark Cookson, Cormac Funge, Jane Boegel, and Jeff Cranforn ("Dead Freight") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) Darryl L. Frank, Jeff Perkins, and Eric Justen ("Dead Freight") Nominated
70th Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series – Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Bryan Cranston Nominated
19th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Breaking Bad – Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons and Steven Michael Quezada Nominated
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series Breaking Bad Nominated
17th Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Bryan Cranston Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Giancarlo Esposito* Nominated
39th Saturn Awards Best Television Presentation Breaking Bad Won
Best Actor on Television Bryan Cranston Won
Best Supporting Actor on Television Jonathan Banks Won
Best Supporting Actress on Television Anna Gunn Nominated
3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
Best Actor in a Drama Series Bryan Cranston Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Anna Gunn Nominated
29th TCA Awards Program of the Year Breaking Bad Won
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Breaking Bad Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Bryan Cranston Nominated
65th Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Rian Johnson ("Fifty-One") Won
65th Writers Guild of America Awards Best Dramatic Series Breaking Bad Won
Best Episodic Drama Gennifer Hutchison ("Buyout") Nominated
George Mastras ("Dead Freight") Nominated
Sam Catlin ("Fifty-One") Nominated
Thomas Schnauz ("Say My Name") Nominated
62nd American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television Kelley Dixon ("Gliding Over All") Nominated
Skip Macdonald ("Dead Freight") Won
PRISM Awards 2013 Best Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Breaking Bad Nominated
Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Bryan Cranston Nominated
Aaron Paul Nominated
IGN Awards 2013 Best TV Series Breaking Bad Won
Best Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
Best Actor Bryan Cranston Nominated
Best Episode "Dead Freight" Nominated
American Film Institute Awards 2012 Best Television Program of the Year Breaking Bad Won
49th Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series – One Hour "Felina" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series – One Hour "Dead Freight" Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards 2013 Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Drama Breaking Bad Won
34th Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actor 17-21 RJ Mitte Nominated
2013 Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Series Breaking Bad Won
Best Drama Episode of the Year ("Fifty-One") Nominated
("Dead Freight") Nominated
Best Drama Lead Actor Bryan Cranston Won
Best Drama Supporting Actor Aaron Paul Nominated
Jonathan Banks Nominated
Drama Supporting Actress Anna Gunn Won
Best Ensemble of the Year Breaking Bad Nominated
Performer of the Year Bryan Cranston Won

* = Giancarlo Esposito is strangely nominated 1 year after the end of season 4 and while he is no longer part of the cast of the series.

Promotional Photos

First Look

Cast Photos

Videos

Home Video Release

The first part of the fifth season of Breaking Bad was released on DVD as well as Bluray+Ultraviolet Combo on June 4th, 2013.

Breaking Bad - Vince Gilligan Interview

Breaking Bad - Vince Gilligan Interview

Vincent Gilligan Season 5 Blu-Ray Interview

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