It’s the news that UK fans of Breaking Bad had been hoping for: the last series of the hit AMC drama will stream weekly on Netflix one day after it is broadcast in the US.
The second half of the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad, which follows the transformation of Bryan Cranston's Walter White from mild-mannered chemistry teacher into meth-dealer alter-ego Heisenberg, will stream on the site every Monday from 12 August – just one day after its American premiere on 11 August.
The show has become a phenomenon in the US but languished on television schedules in the UK, with its first two seasons screened on FX and then niche channel 5USA before being given up entirely. But the show has enjoyed a surge in popularity since Netflix secured the rights to stream seasons 1-5a. The series that will air this August is referred to by creator Vince Gilligan as 5b.
The man himself commented on Netflix’s coup, saying the service has “been instrumental in making Breaking Bad the success that it is – particularly in the UK and Ireland, where it has built an audience and become a huge phenomenon. I am delighted that fans there will be able to enjoy the end of Breaking Bad on Netflix so soon after it airs in the US.”
The news comes as a relief to fans who feared that the final eight episodes would not reach the UK until long after it had aired on AMC; meaning they ran the risk of major spoilers for the highly-anticipated fate of Walter White.