Actor Aaron Paul puts gloves on to complete the wardrobe for character Jesse Pinkman, who will be breaking up freshly made crystal methamphetamine on the "super lab" set of AMC's "Breaking Bad," in Albuquerque, NM, May 26, 2011.  (Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
TV - Movies
This Is Why
Breaking Bad
Ended After 5
“Breaking Bad” is considered by many to be one of the greatest TV series of all time, employing masterful writing, world-class acting, and beautiful cinematography to produce five stunning seasons. The show had so much going for it and has left many fans wondering why the series only received five seasons — and creator Vince Gilligan has an answer.
Gilligan cited his experience writing for “The X-Files” and that show’s inability to end properly as the main reasons he chose to only give “Breaking Bad” five seasons, saying, “I had such a good time being a writer on [“The X-Files”]. For seven years, I was on it. Then suddenly, I looked up one day, and realized that everybody else was watching something else entirely. I learned at that point: you don't want to leave the party too late. You want to leave folks wanting more.”
Gilligan was ultimately concerned that prolonging the inevitable would tarnish the legacy of one of the most consistently critically adored series ever. However, fans have still had plenty of “Breaking Bad” content to enjoy, including “El Camino,” a sequel film focusing on Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and the prequel series, “Better Call Saul,” which is still ongoing.