Even as AMC celebrates a robust boost in viewership for "Breaking Bad’s" return on Sunday, creator Vince Gilligan has rained on the parade by confirming that the show will end after Season Five, reports The New York Times.
Gilligan explained to the publication: “This was never intended to be an open-ended show. As creators of the show, we have to see it through to the end, to finish what we started.”
In terms of the show’s timeline, lead character Walter White was given two years to live with fatal lung cancer. In the show’s current fourth season, he is one year into that prognosis. By the time the show reaches the end of Season Five, then, Walter will be dead or dying.
According to Gilligan, "We’re going to hold to that and, by the end of the series, I can’t imagine him not dying — although it may not be from lung cancer.”
The season’s second episode airs Sunday, July 24, at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.