Breaking Bad is not returning for a sixth season, despite the viral hoax that is raising fans’ hopes of one more glimpse of Walter White.
The show, which ended nearly one year ago, has remained popular with fans and even found new audiences after going off the air thanks to a full run available on Netflix. So given that popularity it made sense this week when a story emerged claiming that show creator Vince Gilligan had ordered a new sixth season for Breaking Bad.
The story, published in the blandly named National Report, claimed that main character Walter White did not actually die of the gunshot that had him sprawled out in a meth lab in the show’s final shot.
The report claims to have quoted Gilligan from a CNN interview, saying that Breaking Bad is now coming back for its sixth season.
“Walter White is not dead, and neither is Breaking Bad,” the outlet quoted Gilligan. “We’ve kept it under wraps for months, now the cat’s out of the bag. Season 6 is coming, and it’s going to be epic and true to the fans that have followed the show so incessantly.”
The report goes on to claim that Season 6 of Breaking Bad was actually the idea of actor Bryan Cranston:
“Bryan [Cranston] called me up about five months ago and said he had this incredibly lucid dream in which Walt wakes up in a hospital bed surrounded by the DEA, ends up breaking out of prison and finds out he’s got fans,” Gilligan said. “This isn’t a redemption story, it’s got a bleak, dark premise. I can’t give away any more of the details, but let’s just say Walt has quite a bit of unfinished business to attend to, and it sure as hell has nothing to do with teaching high school science.”
But as The Independent notes, there is no reason to get excited about a sixth season for Breaking Bad. The National Report is a satirical website that until recently posted this disclaimer:
“DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report.”
Of course, fans of Breaking Bad hoping to see more of their favorite characters will still get the chance. Gilligan is busy at work on production of Better Call Saul, the spinoff featuring Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman.