Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season

Date Tue, October 1 2013
breaking bad fifth season

breaking bad fifth season

Now, if you’re reading this, you may have watched the last episode ever of Breaking Bad on Sunday night. If I haven’t watched it yet, I won’t be far behind. Before tuning into the last few episodes of this series — did I mention ever?! — I was able to review the Fifth Season on DVD thanks to  Connect Your Home. I began to rewatch the season so I could recall what had happened in the extended break.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a TV show season split, but AMC decided to to it with the last season of Breaking Bad, probably to drum up buzz and some extra sales. The season opens with Fring out of the picture, while Walt intends to continue running the business; however, he has little experience. He enlists Gus’ former right-hand man Mike to help with this venture, but both Mike and Jesse aren’t feel like they want to continue with it. Of course, this isn’t cool by Walt. You’ll have to watch the episodes to get more details, and I don’t want to spoil anything that you may not have seen.

AMC did add some pretty interesting bonus features. I especially liked “The Cleaner,” a bit about Mike’s character, who was only supposed to be temporary. As you hear the actors talk about Jonathon Banks and how Mike just had to become an integral character, you feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy. In an earlier segment, “Inside Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul talk about working with Banks and what happens to his character.

I love listening to the actors, writers and directors talk about how they feel about their characters and crew. It’s so interesting to hear Jonathon discuss Mike as though he’s a separate person. The actors behind Marie, Hank, Saul and other characters all pitched in, so it’s a well-rounded effort. Producer Vince Gilligan also makes several appearances in front of the audience.

There’s a lot of focus on the prison murder scene. I won’t say more if you haven’t seen it, but it’s quick and violent. There’s a lot of choreography and effects that go into it. While you might not normally think of Breaking Bad as the type of show with many effects, this seen definitely had more than the rest of the season likely did.

You’ll also see a few extra or extended scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut. They’re not necessary for the plot to progress, but it does give insight into what the writers were thinking. It’s like when you see inside someone’s life and understand how what else is happening affects what you do see. “Chicks n guns” is one scene that does that for Aaron’s character Jesse.

Now that AMC has aired the last episodes of the series, the price for this has dropped, so it’s something you should check out!

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