AMC to Air Marathon of Entire Run of 'Breaking Bad' Prior to Finale; Hour Long 'Talking Bad' to Immediately Follow Final Episode - Updated

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September 20th, 2013

Breaking Bad season 5 Episode 15

Update: Here is AMC's press release.

All bad things must come to an end. 












FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Emmy® Award winning “Breaking Bad,” the series hailed as “Genius” (Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter) and “One of the greatest shows ever on TV” (David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle), will air its final episode on Sunday, September 29 at 9pm ET/PT. Following the final episode, fans can discuss and dissect the end of the most addictive show on television with an expanded one-hour episode of “Talking Bad,” the live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick.   Special guests on the final episode of “Talking Bad” include series creator Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemmons, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks and Jimmy Kimmel.


Leading up, and to get fans ready for the highly anticipated series finale of “Breaking Bad,” AMC is airing the “Breaking Bad Marathon: Countdown to Finale,” beginning on Wednesday, September 25th at 8PM ET/PT with seasons 1-4 and running through late night Friday, September 27th.  The marathon resumes with season five on Saturday, September 28th at 11PM ET/PT and runs continuously up to the series finale on Sunday, September 29th at 9PM ET/PT.


“We want to appropriately honor this remarkable series by delivering the ultimate, most immersive experience for ‘Breaking Bad’ fans,” said Charlie Collier, president, AMC. “From a five-day marathon featuring every episode across all five seasons, to an unforgettable finale rolling immediately into an expanded one-hour Talking Bad after-show, we are so proud of Vince Gilligan and everyone associated with this show, and believe this is the perfect way to send ‘Breaking Bad’ from our air into television history.”


During the finale, fans can also participate in’s live, interactive experience, “Breaking Bad Story Sync.” Polls, trivia questions and a live “Watch & Chat” are all timed to coincide with the broadcast of the finale. Story Sync is optimized for Internet browsers, tablet and mobile devices all with the goal of connecting fans with each other and deepening their engagement with “Breaking Bad’s” final episode.


On Twitter, fans and cast members will continue the conversation with hash tag #GoodbyeBreakingBad.  The final episodes of the series have already generated significant activity on social media with “Breaking Bad” ranking #1 on cable for the week from September 9 to September 16 (Source: Trendrr).


AMC’s newest drama, “Low Winter Sun” will shift to 11:15PM ET/PT, following “Talking Bad” on Sunday, September 29 only.  In the episode entitled “Revelations,” written by Dave Erickson and directed by Adam Davidson, Frank testifies in court and Geddes takes his family on a trip.  Meanwhile, Damon and Maya start their new lives under Skelos.


To ensure that AMC pause to appropriately commemorate “Breaking Bad,” and also serve “Low Winter Sun” fans who want to watch on a regular schedule, this episode of “Low Winter Sun” will also be available to fans on AMC On Demand starting Monday, Sept 23, 1-week prior to its linear premiere, on both VOD and TVE platforms.  It will then repeat again on October 6 at 8pm ET/PT, leading into the 2-hour finale of season one of “Low Winter Sun.”



“Breaking Bad,” which recently won a Creative Arts Emmy® award and was nominated for thirteen Emmy® awards – the most in the series history -- is created and executive produced by Vince Gilligan, and stars three-time Emmy® Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy® winner Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk. In addition to Gilligan, the series is executive produced by Oscar® winner Mark Johnson and Michelle MacLaren, and co-executive produced by Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, Thomas Schnauz, George Mastras and Moira Walley-Beckett with Stewart A. Lyons as Line Producer/UPM and Diane Mercer and Bryan Cranston as producers. Kelley Dixon ACE and Skip MacDonald ACE serve as editors. Michael Slovis ASC and Arthur Albert are directors of photography and Mark Freeborn is production designer. The series is produced by High Bridge and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC.



“Talking Bad” features Hardwick spending time with fans, actors, producers and tv enthusiasts, recapping the most recent “Breaking Bad” episode, and taking questions and comments from viewers. Fans may continue to engage with the after-show following the on-air conclusion, online, at for more videos, weekly polls and photo galleries of the guests featured on the series. “Talking Bad,” is produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio partner.



Based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part miniseries of the same name written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company), “Low Winter Sun” is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred.  The series is executive produced by showrunner and writer Chris Mundy and stars Mark Strong, Lennie James, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Athena Karkanis, James Ransone, Sprague Grayden, Billy Lush and David Costabile. The 10-episode series is a co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studios.



AMC is taking advantage of the Breaking Bad mania that is sweeping the nation. The network is turning the September 29 series finale into a five day long event. AM C will marathon all 46 episodes of the show starting Wednesday, September 26 at 8PM. An hour long episode of Talking Bad will immediately follow the 75-minute long series finale, at 10:15PM. Low Winter Sun will be pushed back to 11:15PM.

  • JoeHamm

    Challenge accepted, I guess…

  • gerry

    now that’s a time commitment. i guess we should expect the same from mad men upon it’s series finale as well?

  • Benjamin Elliott

    Wouldn’t it be simpler to pre-empt Low Winter Sun on the 29th, and do a 3 hour finale for it on Oct 6 from 8 to 11? I doubt an 11:15PM showing will help the series, even after Talking Bad.

  • tjw

    @Benjamin Elliott,

    You seem to be under the impression that AMC cares about Low Winter Sun at all at this point. I think they’re just burning it off now.

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Oh my god, that’s awesome.

    Low Winder Sun, btw, is dead.

  • jmr012

    I agree completely. Low Winter Sun is dead and AMC wants to be down with it and have it off the air ASAP.

  • Michael1

    Will this also be available “On Demand”? If so, I’m in.

  • j

    Ooh, I’m curious about if/how many of the rerun episodes will get at least a 1.0.

  • richard

    I didn’t watch Talking Bad, but then I thought about watching the last one just because. Then I saw Jimmy Kimmel would be on it. So, not happening.

  • richard

    They really just ought to get the actors who play Tuco, No Doze, and Gonzo. And they should all be in character. That would be much more interesting.

  • Joe Delgado

    I like Low Winter Sun

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Well the picture above certainly does move a viewer who might be a couple of episodes or seasons along quite a bit.
    Maybe a less spoileresque picture.

  • Jagger Dagger

    Probably one of the best dramas that has ever been on TV, but if someone hasn’t seen it and is thinking of watching the marathon be warned: The show will psychologically and spiritually drain the lifeforce out of you by the time you reach the end.

  • AD

    Now THAT’S how you end a show; a marathon of the seasons followed by the series finale!

  • steve

    AMC definitely has made the right decision in running marathons of all previous episodes prior to each season’s start. The skeptics would argue that it cuts into future DVD sales, but clearly it improves them instead, as the catchup marathons just continue to draw in more viewers who eventually also buy DVDs. I only picked up watching Breaking Bad in Season 2, because AMC aired all of season 1 first, and I’d heard good things about it. Not going to pick up a show from the middle, only from the beginning.

    If FX had the same policy, I’d be watching “Justified” right now. But in the few instances where they did air previous episodes, they did it with no notice, and with last minute schedule updates. Boneheads.

  • JoeHamm

    Second thought, probably won’t have enough time.

  • Pete5125

    FX usually airs Justified,Sunny, Wilfered, on the weekends leading into the new seasons, Justified will typically air Sat and Sun at Midnight for the 6 or 7 weeks leading into the next season, Then the same week rereuns as the season progresses…

    FX just has a weird schedule but they air the show in season at least 4 times the week it airs then rerun it in blocks at random times

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