Breaking Bad: Season 5 (2012 - 2013)

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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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Air date: Jul 15, 2012

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?

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Air date: Jul 22, 2012

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.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2012

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.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2012

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.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2012

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?

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Air date: Aug 19, 2012

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.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2012

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.

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Air date: Sep 2, 2012

After disposing of Mike's body, Walt sets out to eliminate anyone who can tie him to the Fring investigation. And as a new global partnership makes them richer than ever, Skyler wonders how much money is enough.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2013

As Walt and Jesse adjust to life out of the business, Hank grapples with a troubling lead.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2013

While Skyler's past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Breaking Bad Season 5

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (45)

The most finely crafted drama on television nailed the most spine-tingling series finale in modern TV.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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I wouldn't have had the finale go this way, but I wasn't ever watching Breaking Bad to have it go the way I wanted... It's art. It's complicated. I didn't really like it, but I still loved it.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…
NPR
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This was certainly a fitting end to Breaking Bad. Taut, aggressive, mesmerizing. A bit loose in the plotting and logistics, but true and fair to its characters to the bitter end.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

A terrific, tense [premiere] directed by Cranston and written by Peter Gould that holds up to some astronomically high expectations.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Breaking Bad managed to be the sum of its parts, foregrounding compelling details involving the twisted nature of Walt's universe that made its reasonably tidy conclusion beside the point.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I didn't mind the lack of jaw-dropping surprises, because that slow unraveling made such perfect emotional sense.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

We all knew what was coming: it was just a matter of how we got there. In that, Breaking Bad nailed it, delivering a memorable final season and final episode that showed that people CAN change, even if it's too late.

Feb 19, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This final batch of Breaking Bad is one of the best run of episodes TV has ever offered.

Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

A brilliant, maddening, shocking, all-consuming piece of storytelling that will never be forgotten by all those who saw it.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

With Season 5, few can argue that Breaking Bad is exiting at a creative peak, thanks to the triple nerve-frying episodes "Rabid Dog", "To'hajiilee", and "Ozymandias."

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

A final run of episodes that both matched and sometimes outdid what had come before artistically.

Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

With only fifteen episodes to go before the saga closes, we'll all have answers sooner than we hope. But for now, the journey is as intoxicating as it's ever been.

Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 5

  • 3d ago
    This shit made me feel something. I don't like it. Fuck Jesse.
  • Aug 21, 2020
    The way this drama incorporates tension and makes the audience root for horrible people Is nothing short of extraordinary. Amazing writing and even better acting
  • Aug 12, 2020
    Binge watched the whole series and I am leaving my review as a whole instead of breaking it down per season. Breaking Bad is a great series with great actors, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk as Saul, Aaron Paul as the crack addict playing Jesse Pinkham and finally Bryan Cranston as Walter White aka Heisenberg. The story follows Walter White a high school chemistry teacher who comes to the brink of his death having lung cancer. With nothing to lose he develops the best meth product on the street and becomes well known for his product bringing him chaos, confusion, and lots of bad luck. Walter White is mix of Tony Soprano and Al Bundy rolled up into a bad ass mob boss without the mob. He cared for his family and close friends so much that his first priority was to make sure they were safe and no harm would ever come to them. The chemistry between Paul and Cranston was inseparable acting as partners but felt like father and son till the very end. Even with all the horrible conditions Walter had with Jesse, Walter always cared for him and saved his life countless times. It was a great series with all five seasons taking place in less than three years. Definitely worth adding this series to your library.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    I have to give it 5 stars because it's breaking f*cking bad, the best series of modern time!
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Rarely does something end as perfectly as this show ended. Seeing Walter embody Heisenberg for the majority of the show was great, until it got heartbreaking. He lost his friends, he lost his family, and worst of all, he lost himself. And, Jesse was the most heartbreaking he's ever been, watching his girlfriend get shot, and being enslaved to cook meth for Todd; by the end, he was a hollow shell of a human. It was heartbreaking. But, the series finale was phenomenal. Then again, so was the entire show
  • Aug 05, 2020
    AMAZING! Gonna miss Mr White forever.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    Not a lot to say other than this is probably the best TV series I've ever watched.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    "LA CONCLUSIÓN DEFINITIVA" Muy rara vez una serie cumple con toda la expectativa que se acumula a lo largo de todas sus temporadas, pero Breaking Bad, no solo nos entrega la calidad que nos tenia acostumbrado, si no, que nos ofrece un final digno de su calidad narrativa y nos hará recordad las grandes cualidades de su brillante existencia,
  • Jul 23, 2020
    The final season of Breaking Bad matches season 4 in in terms of enjoyment, but goes on a more emotional route, considering it's the series finale. The ending isn't something big and flashy, just a grounded and realistic ending, that isn't fully satisfying. The thing that makes Breaking Bad is how it keeps changing your opinions on characters. All characters are flawed, but some more than the others, and they show more or less of those flaws throughout the series so it makes you rethink if you actually like this person. Breaking Bad was an incredibly acted, pretty well paced, and overall a great, thrilling drama.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Breaking Bad Season 5 | Detailed note: 9.9

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