I recently watched the first 8 episodes of the 5th and final season of the hit TV show Breaking Bad. I waited until the first 8 episodes were aired and available on iTunes and then downloaded all 8 episodes at once. I watched all 8 episodes in two days. I prefer to watch the show that way, rather than wait week to week than the episodes are originally airing.
I have become a huge fan of the show and I throughly enjoyed the plot twists and turns of season 5 to date. The show still has the ability to throw the viewer for a loop with unexpected plot developments and surprise actions from the main characters. As fans of the show know, the remaining 8 episodes will not be aired until the summer of 2013, which is such a long span of time that it will almost seem like season 6, but of course it remains season 5. So, in 2013 the story of America’s most talented meth cook/chemistry teacher, Albuquerque’s Walter White (played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston) will come to an end and I’m glad it will because I think the series will go out on top, at least in creative terms. I have no idea how series creator/writer/director Vince Gilligan and his team of writers will bring this great series to an end, but expect it to be riveting, just as the first half of season 5 was. Will Walter and/or other members of his family survive the final 8 episodes? They may not, we don’t know. I don’t think we can put anything past the writers of this brilliant show.
There is no doubt that Gilligan and company could dream up a storyline that could keep this series going for a few more seasons, but would the quality of the series decline? I think there is a better than 50/50 chance that it would. Five years is a nice long run and there few good TV shows that remain at their highest level after season 5. I think 24 and CSI are two good fairly recent examples of that. Neither show was bad post season 5, but they had peaked and they went downhill after that imo. I prefer to see great TV shows go out on top and I think that is just what Breaking Bad will do. Can’t wait to see it happen.