BREAKING BAD: First Season 5 Poster Hails The King

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The first official key art poster for the upcoming fifth season of AMC’s Breaking Bad has arrived — “All Hail The King”..

Simple, but highly effective. The poster indicates the hollowness of Walter’s succession to the throne, following his ‘victory’ over Gus Fring (at what cost?) — a largely empty warehouse, filled only with a forlorn-looking Walt on his throne, with tubs of blue meth and piles of money lined up either side – “All Hail The King,” indeed! This is obviously a Walt-centric poster, which is in-line with the focus being on his journey “down that dark path that he’s very willfully put himself on”, but it’s nevertheless interesting that Jesse is absent.

Check out the Breaking Bad Season 5 poster below (click to enlarge), followed by the full press release:

ALL HAIL THE KING.

AMC’S EMMY® AWARD-WINNING DRAMA “BREAKING BAD” RETURNS SUNDAY, JULY 15 AT 10PM ET/PT

Created by Acclaimed Writer/Producer/Director Vince Gilligan;

Executive Produced by Oscar® Winner Mark Johnson;

Produced by Sony Pictures Television

New York – June 2012 – “Breaking Bad,” the explosive drama series that Variety calls “simply one of TV’s great addictions,” returns to AMC for the first part of its final season on Sunday, July 15 at 10pm ET/PT. The final season of the Emmy®Award-winning drama consists of 16 episodes, with the first eight episodes beginning July 15 and culminating with the series’ final eight episodes next summer 2013. Created by acclaimed writer, producer, and director Vince Gilligan and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the critically acclaimed series has garnered six Primetime Emmy® Award wins and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011). In the highly anticipated new season, a newly empowered and increasingly remorseless Walt White (Bryan Cranston) finds himself attempting to control a tenuous empire. But uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

At the end of season four, in one of the most talked about finales of the year, Walt White’s war with Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) ended in triumphant victory. Now, his transformation from a well-meaning family man into Heisenberg, a ruthless drug kingpin, is almost complete. No longer under the thumb of a mastermind criminal, Walt now assumes the role of one himself, as he and Jesse (Aaron Paul) look to build their own empire. Meanwhile, Skyler(Anna Gunn) struggles with the reality of her husband’s new role and Hank (Dean Norris) works to wrap up his investigation of Gus’ business.

Three-time Emmy® winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series,Bryan Cranston leads an unforgettable ensemble including 2010 Emmy® winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks.

Leading into season five’s premiere, fans will have a chance to catch up on “Breaking Bad,” as AMC will air every episode from seasons one through four late night, beginning Sunday, June 10. A series catch-up will also be available On Demand. “Breaking Bad” Season 4 is available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, June 5. For more information, visit www.sphepublicity.com.

Inaddition 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, George Mastras and Tom Schnauz. Moira Walley-Beckett is supervising producer with Stewart A. Lyons as Line Producer/UPM and Bryan Cranston and Diane Mercer as producers. Kelley Dixon and Skip MacDonald serve as editors. Michael Slovis (ASC) is director 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.

For more information, log on to http://press.amctv.com

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air,online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in everygenre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication and digital distribution. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rateddaytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile, and manages the studio’s video website, Crackle. Sony Pictures Television’s advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series, as well as in all of SPE’s digital businesses in the United States, for Sony Music Entertainment and for the Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

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