Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
All bad things must come to an end
The National Report has claimed that Emmy award-winning show Breaking Bad is to return with a season 6 and published 'quotes' from Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston 'confirming' it, but - and it's probably for the best - there won't be any new episodes and the whole thing is entirely fake.
The story, which you can read here (but please don't give them the satisfaction), tells how Walter White didn't die and will wake up in a hospital bed to seek new meth-related adventures, and has attracted over 100,000 shares on social media.
"Hollywood, CA — Breaking Bad fans around the world are celebrating the stunning, glorious and amazing news announced today: Walter White is not dead, and there will indeed be a sixth season of the wildly-popular, award-winning AMC drama," it says.
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The National Report is a 'satirical' site however and does not publish the truth. It previously ran this disclaimer, which has since been removed.
"DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report." A screen grab of the National Report hoax
It still fooled hundreds of thousands of Breaking Bad fans though, most of whom no doubt shared the report because they believed it to be true, not because of its cutting satire.
Vince Gilligan does indeed miss Breaking Bad, but that's kind of what planned spin-off show Better Call Saul is for.
In spite of how inherently annoying hoaxes such as these are, the National Report's arguments for them is surprisingly cogent.
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It recently said in a real 'editorial':
"Satire is not required to be humorous, nor was this particular post meant to be funny... The people of the modern world need to understand and develop the ability to corroborate information and not just accept information as true without further inputs. Absolutely baseless information is spread by ACTUAL news sources on a daily basis and have resulted in a serious divide without our country."
For some real, concrete Breaking Bad news, here's the second teaser trailer for Better Call Saul that dropped today.
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