BREAKING BAD Creator Vince Gilligan Will Write & Direct the Series Finale

The Emmy Award winning crime drama stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. Created and executive produced by Vince Gilligan, the show returns to AMC next year to conclude its final season.

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Bryan Cranston stars in this drama focused on a mid-life crisis gone bad for an underachieving high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer after discovering he has lung cancer. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to gain financial security for his family, Walter White joins forces with an old student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), in a quest that follows their entry into a dangerous world of drugs and crime.

Created by Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks. Last year's mid-season finale delivered AMC 2.8 million viewers. The episode concluded the first half of season five, and the final eight episodes will air this summer.

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It's now been confirmed that series creator Vince Gilligan will return to both write and direct the show's final episode. He commented on the news while at the Screenwriters Choice Awards this past week:

"I'm going to write the very last episode. It's the only one I'll have written with these final eight... [and] I love directing, I just don't get to do it often."

Gilligan, who has only directed five of the series' episodes in its entire run, stated that the script for the third to last episode is finished and the second to last episode is currently being written. Pre-production on the series finale itself is said to begin in Albuquerque at the end of this month with the cameras rolling sometime in March.

"I'm sad, it's a very bittersweet thing. I'm very sad about it being over. There's always going to be somebody who says they wished it went a different way. But if it ends well, if it ends right. … Hopefully we're going to please the bulk of our viewers with this ending. We're going to leave it all on the field, I can tell you that."