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Breaking Bad: Season 5 (2012-2013)

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Average Rating: 9.8/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 0

Breaking Bad's final season cements its status as one of television's great series, propelling its narrative to an explosive conclusion with sharp direction and assured storytelling.

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Average Rating: 9.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
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Breaking Bad's final season cements its status as one of television's great series, propelling its narrative to an explosive conclusion with sharp direction and assured storytelling.

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Season Info

Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school teacher uses his expertise to secretly provide for his family by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.

Genre: Drama

Network: AMC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 15, 2012

Live Free or Die

Flash ahead to Walter's 52nd birthday: he's at a Denny's, disheveled, hair and beard unkempt, using a false name and a New Hampshire driver's license, paying a guy for a car with weapons in the trunk. Back to the immediate aftermath of Gus's death: Skyler is dazed at Walt's murderous success, Walt and Jesse make peace, and Hank visits the burned-out lab. Walt remembers the surveillance cameras Gus used at the lab, so they turn to an angry Mike for help. Can they get rid of the digital evidence in police custody? Is hubris going to trip up Walt?

2
Air date: Jul 22, 2012

Madrigal

In Germany, the head of a multinational company's fast food division - which includes Gus' franchised chicken restaurants - commits suicide when the police come to question him. With Jesse fretting over what happened with the poison cigarette intended for Gus Fring, Walt plans an elaborate ruse to let him find it in his house. With that out of the way, they approach Mike to join them in starting up the business but he refuses.

3
Air date: Jul 29, 2012

Hazard Pay

Walt, Jessie, and Mike's business starts back up. Walt finds an ingenious solution to the problem of where to set up the lab, Jesse makes a decision about his personal life, and Mike visits each of his crew to ensure that they stay mum, even with the feds pressuring them. Hank goes back to work. Skyler remains numb, and Marie badgers her about what's wrong. Walt is in for a surprise when Mike divides the money from the first cook.

4
Air date: Aug 5, 2012

Fifty-One

Walter, his confidence up, leases two muscle cars - one for himself and one for Junior. He's turning 51 and would like a party, Hank and his team visit Lydia in Houston, Jesse flies there to pick up the accelerant, Mike makes a decision that Jessie wants reversed, Hank is offered a promotion, Walter explains Skyler's behavior to Marie and Hank with references to Ted, and Skyler, coming slowly out of her funk, hatches a makeshift plan to protect her children.

5
Air date: Aug 12, 2012

Dead Freight

A boy on a motorbike finds a large tarantula in the desert. Walter pays a visit to Hank in the new office; Walt's intentions are not entirely above board. The team's search for methylamine continues, with Michael and Lydia at odds, and Jesse wanting to obtain the chemical without resorting to murder. They hatch an elaborate plan involving buried tanks, a train trestle, and a stalled truck. The children remain with Hank and Marie to Junior's increasing anger and frustration. Skyler lays more of her cards on the table. What price success?

6
Air date: Aug 19, 2012

Buyout

With blood on their hands, the Walter, Jesse, and Mike partnership must first decide what to do about Todd. After that's settled, Walter is ready to cook again, but Jesse and Mike have another idea. Skyler spends some time with her daughter and with Marie, and Walter's invitation that Jesse stay for dinner adds to Skyler's misery. Hank and his team put nearly round-the-clock surveillance on Mike, and a meth producer in Phoenix has a plan.

7
Air date: Aug 26, 2012

Say My Name

In the desert, Walter meets with the Phoenix crystal meth distributors to set up a new partnership. Mike's out, Jesse wants out, Skyler's checked out, and Hank's boss wants him to stop spending time and resources on pursuing Mike. Walt needs to get the bug out of Hank's office, and Hank may have one more play.

8
Air date: Sep 2, 2012

Gliding Over All

Hank's team puts pressure on Mike's crew, and at least one is ready to flip. Walter meets with Lydia, demanding the names of Mike's crew; she's afraid that once she lists them, Walter will dispatch her. She offers him a deal. Walter talks to Todd's uncle, Hank has a terrible day at work, and the cooking continues. Marie pushes Skyler to let the children return home, she takes Walt on a short car trip, and Hank may have a touch of constipation.

16
Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Felina

"Felina" The series finale. AMC Original.

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (0)

There's something about this show that just transcends, and keeps on transcending, popular entertainment. It just keeps getting better and better, going higher and higher, until mere words, mere platitudes, can no longer do it justice.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Breaking Bad delivers a final season that is as gripping and rewarding as we've come to expect. It's the show that knocks.

January 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Breaking Bad is essential viewing: a Molotov cocktail of poverty, science and decline.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

We get the neatness and the uncertainty, which shows a Heisenberg level of mastery.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Take a bow, Vince Gilligan.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Because Breaking Bad is great art, the drama invites many different interpretations.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

If this last hour or so was a little too perfect for its own good, then that's because it left (almost) no loose end untied

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Breaking Bad did what any show would hope to do: bring its narrative to a natural, organic conclusion while also leaving us wishing the story could just go on and on.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

One way or another, you've got to figure Walt is going down. And, thanks to Cranston, he's going down in TV history as one of the medium's most fascinating, memorable and grandly tragic characters.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Breaking Bad is more than science. It's intelligent design.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

I could not be happier to see Breaking Bad return at the top of its game, tackling the beginning of the end with the same inventive, emotional spirit that defined the show during its greatest, most legendary periods.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

We can only hope the remaining seven episodes live up to everything "Blood Money" delivered.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Breaking Bad is inarguably one of the greatest serial dramas of all-time.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

If there is a single unsatisfying element in Breaking Bad's continuing brilliance, it's the absence of any intimate sense of Walt, any feeling for what goes on in his head or heart.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

[Vince] Gilligan said that a crucial part of his job was to keep people watching. That's the tricky challenge of the best serial television, and it's one that Breaking Bad has fulfilled, up to this moment, with unusual daring.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

The episode is riveting, as is the quiet power of Dean Norris's performance as Hank.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

Breaking Bad is the quintessential series of our binge-watching TV era.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

Everything's in place in this one episode. We just have to bite our fingernails down to nothing while we ride it out.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

No matter what happens, the end of Bad should be very good.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

It is a tremendous series, terrifically written and acted, with a black sense of humor unmatched by any other.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The episode is as marvelous, deranged and unsettling as anything series creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan and his team have done.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Directed by Bryan Cranston and written by Peter Gould, the episode, titled "Blood Money," is lean and highly stylized, wasting no time picking up where the jolting mid-season cliffhanger, "Gliding Over All," left off.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Such awfulness begs for punishment, and Breaking Bad has never carried itself as a show that would deny the audience such a thing.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

What I will say about the first new episode-besides that it jams the accelerator on the plot as it steers toward the brick wall of its end date-is that it continues that investigation, with a new twist suggested by last year's midseason finale.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Creative confidence has long been a hallmark of Breaking Bad but the program has rarely seemed more sure of where it's going than it does right now.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

[Breaking Bad] certainly the most ambitious in chronicling the path of a good person falling from grace when presented with the right circumstances.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It's not a matter of wondering if Breaking Bad will be great, but where in the pantheon it will ultimately reside.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Breaking Bad is still a perfect model of filmed suspense.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

Breaking Bad never makes viewers feel like they are watching scripted TV characters; the characters always feel real.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Taut, efficient and directed with a scalpel, Breaking Bad remains a marvel.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Consistently great.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

It's going to be just as mesmerizingly terrifying to plummet down from the heights of power with Walt as it was last season to sink into the depths of powerlessness.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

There are so many reasons the show stands out from virtually any other series on TV: the performances, the writing, the direction and, most of all, the creative vision of Vince Gilligan.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Bad is too complex a series and too brilliantly distinctive a creation to be reduced to a simple "Crime does not pay" motto.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Taut, chilling and measuredly paced for maximum impact. Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Simply put, there's no more unpredictable series, and its delicate handling of combustible ingredients will be admired and studied by writers for years to come.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The season five pre miere "Live Free or Die", more than maintains the series' record of excellence.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Mind-blowingly magnificent.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

It might be 16 of the best upcoming hours on television.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Breaking Bad continues at the same disciplined, regimented pace, fussing over small details and picking at new threads, even with the end looming.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It has plenty to say about the things humans are capable of and, like most great series, it rewards the careful viewer.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

We can't take our eyes away from the brilliant Cranston.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Breaking Bad is one of the great shows of television's Golden Age, and the first two episodes of the show's fifth season will give viewers no reason to think otherwise.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Breaking Bad continues to demonstrate that it both is and is not different from the serious dramas to which it is often compared.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

The creeping sense of dread has been part of what has made Breaking Bad so engrossing.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 5

The transformation Walt has gone through until now is unbelievable. He's become a monster unlike anything anyone could've imagined. The last speech between Gretched and Eliot on Granite State sum up this season very well. It's a much more Walt centric ride until the end and rightfully so, because everyone around him will suffer severe consequences, himself included. A devastating and very dark season that concludes a simple but brilliant TV show with a golden key. It has the most devastating scenes, the coolest action sequences, inventive dialogues and shots and a very suiting but bitter ending. I wouldn't have it any other war. Well played to everyone involved.
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