Bryan Cranston: ‘Breaking Bad’ Final Season to Be Split in Two

The Emmy-winning star says the first eight episodes will premiere in July, and the last eight will air in 2013

(Spoiler alert: Don't read this if you don't want to hear generally about the upcoming fifth season of "Breaking Bad.")

"Breaking Bad" is a show obsessed with duality, so maybe it makes sense that its final season will be split in two: Star Bryan Cranston says the season will include eight episodes to begin airing in July and eight more in 2013.

"We're splitting it," Cranston, who's filming the show's final season in New Mexico, told "We're going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year."

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Cranston also offered hints about the new season.

"We pick up right where we left off," says the actor, who will direct an episode of the show's final season and who also directed the April 11 episode of "Modern Family."

"We're cleaning up the pieces from last season's huge ordeal where Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) was forced to meet his maker. It's not as easy as Walter thought. And as we've discovered over the years, you don't really know who Walter White is.

"I'm still discovering who he is and I'm trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker. There's physical danger to himself and his family, plus there's the emotional danger due to his anger and hubris. It's about the evil that men do and where that takes him."

Cranston's Emmy-winning co-star, Aaron Paul, tweeted last month about the new season, "Make sure u wear your diapers because I'm pretty sure u will shit yourself … Just read the first episode of breaking bad S5 and words cannot express. Shit is about to get crazy … The teaser alone in episode 1 S5 will have you screaming more than when someone got blown up last season."

A representative for the AMC drama did not immediately respond to a request for comment.