September 18, 2013
Final 'Breaking Bad' Episodes Supersized To 75 Minutes

This may not qualify as a Breaking Bad spoiler, but the final two episodes of the hit AMC series will expand to 75 minutes rather sticking with the normal one-hour format.

Breaking Bad writer and co-executive producer Peter Gould confirmed on Twitter today that the last two episodes would expand to 75 minutes.

The show also released a new poster featuring a "lonely shot of the RV where [the main characters] cooked up that first batch of meth in the New Mexico desert, set off with the words, 'It was all in the chemistry.'" The poster also adds "Thanks to everyone who made Bad so good."

Last Sunday's gripping episode, "Ozymandias," was particularly intense, with among other things the heart-wrenching murders of Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and DEA partner Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) at the hands of Uncle Jack's lethal crew.

With an extra 15 minutes, minus commercials, who knows what further shocking developments the audience is in for.

Over the summer, Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) said that fans will sh*t their pants in how the series concludes. Showrunner Vince Gilligan previously promised viewers that they will be satisfied with how the final episodes unfold and how the storylines resolve themselves.

The next episode is called "Granite State," which is obviously a reference to New Hampshire where in the earlier flash forward Walter White (Bryan Cranston) fled to with his new identity. The very last episode, number 62 overall, is called "Felina."

For those who have tuned in late or not at all to Breaking Bad, Cranston — the actor you might remember as the crazy dentist from Seinfeld among other TV roles — portrays the role of a formerly straight-laced high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who initially gets into meth manufacturing, a.k.a. "cooking," to create a nest egg for his family after he's gone. (The White character was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he also has a son with cerebral palsy). With one horrendous and dangerous escapade after another, the show has been intense, but it also contained -- at least until recently -- some very dark humor. The generally unpredictable Breaking Bad is part of AMC's powerhouse Sunday night franchise which also includes The Walking Dead and Mad Men (the latter series is also coming to an end.)