The fate of science teacher-turned-methamphetamine manufacturer Walter White will be determined in a fifth – and final season – which will begin filming next year. Currently in its fourth season on AMC, Breaking Bad will return in 2012 with 16 episodes. “It’s a funny irony, I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be – episodically speaking,” the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, said in a press release. “This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge [that] will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off,  we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.” Unless it is extended to match the series, however, Gilligan’s contract expires at the end of the fourth season. Stay tuned!