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Breaking Bad season 6 is still not happening

It really has finished. Really.

Antonia Molloy
Monday 20 October 2014 08:20 BST
Walter White will not be returning
Walter White will not be returning (Doug Hyun/AP/AMC)

Sadly wanting something to happen isn’t enough to make it a reality, so hold your horses before jumping on that Breaking Bad series 6 bandwagon.

Empire News has claimed that the Emmy-Award winning show is to return and published “quotes” from creator Vince Gilligan and star Bryan Cranston to “verify” their report.

Sorry, but it’s a hoax. The article on the satirical site, available here, which claims that Walter White (Cranston) did not actually die at the end of series 5, is uncannily similar to one published by The National Report back in August.

Gilligan “told” Empire News: “I was contacted by executives from AMC, the network which had been our home for five great seasons.

“They told me, in no few words, that they couldn’t survive as a company on just the strength of The Walking Dead; as good as people think that show is for some reason, as many records as it might break, it doesn’t have the viewership or the type of rabid fans that Bad has.

Meanwhile, Cranston “said”: "I loved playing Walter, and I was glad to jump at the chance to do it one more time.

“We have a lot of things happening in this last season – not giving too much away, obviously Walter didn’t die.

Sounds legitimate, right? A lot of people on social media seemed to think so, with the article being shared over 150,000 times on Facebook.

However, they might have wanted to take a look at author A Michael Smith’s biography before taking the so-called facts for granted.

Then there’s the disclaimer available on Empire News: “Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”

The moral of the story: don’t believe everything you read.

However don’t worry, spin-off Better Call Saul is still happening – it arrives on AMC and Netflix in February 2015.

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