As first reported by Alan Sepinwall, AMC has picked up Breaking Bad for a final 16 episodes. From Alan’s post:
AMC has renewed “Breaking Bad” for a final batch of 16 episodes that will conclude the Emmy-winning series’ run.
Production on those 16 will commence early next year, though AMC has yet to commit to plans on how to air them. Several published reports about the renewal have suggested the 16 might be split into two mini-seasons aired over two years or some other extended period.
There has been some discussion about Sony possibly shopping the show to other networks as negotiations between AMC and creator Vince Gilligan became strained. It’s good for everyone involved, including the audience, that things have been settled and the story of Walter White can end where it began.