'Breaking Bad' Sets Return Date for Final Episodes

Fifth and final season will resume on August 11th

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White on AMC's 'Breaking Bad' Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Breaking Bad has set a return date for its final eight episodes. AMC's drama will return August 11th to close out its fifth season, which is the series' last. The network is also launching a new live show, Talking Bad, which will discuss the show's conclusion in-depth for fans. That will also start August 11th and air after Breaking Bad.

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The Breaking Bad universe won't wink out of existence entirely: a spin-off around character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) is currently in the works. Series creator Vince Gilligan will also write and direct the show's very last episode.

The gritty drama has won a pile of awards over the past five seasons, including Emmys, Critics Choice, Writers Guild and Television Critics Association awards. Most recently, Breaking Bad won the Writers Guild Award for Best Drama Series in February, and co-star Aaron Paul in January won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for the second time for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman.