“Breaking Bad’s” fourth season premieres July 17th on AMC. But fans are already wondering about season five. Rumors abound that it will be the end of the road for the Emmy winning show, as Walter White (Bryan Cranston) completes his journey from, as the show’s creator Vince Gilligan describes it, Mr. Chips to Scarface. Gilligan recently told the website collider, “I would like to see ‘Breaking Bad‘ go—it kinda changes if you ask me last season or the season before versus this one, but right now I would say season five should probably be our last season. But you know, check with me a year from now, we’ll see if I change my tune.”
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At a Hollywood screening of the season premiere, Gilligan made it clear that he has not made any final decisions about the show’s future. Though the show’s ratings have grown each season, Gilligan pointed out that there is no guarantee that it will be renewed for another year. “We don’t know for sure if we’re going to get a season five. I keep my fingers crossed that we will. I’m hoping we will. I have a good feeling about it. But I don’t know for sure.”
However, he is operating under the assumption that this season will not be the show’s last. “I’ve got story mapped out for season five. If you ask me right this minute, I would say five would be a good ending point.” Echoing his earlier he comments, he continued, “If you ask me a year from now, maybe I’ll change my tune. I used to say three seasons and out and then we kind of have gone past that. So don’t believe a word I say.” In other words, Walter may be cooking up meth for many years to come.
Gilligan also warned that the fourth season premiere earned its TV-MA rating. “Episode one is not the first episode you should let little kids watch. It’s really intense. It’s really dark. It’s a hard one to watch. Some bad things happen, but hopefully stuff that will intrigue the hell out of the audience.”