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"Breaking Bad" Live Free or Die (2012)

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Original Air Date:
15 July 2012 (Season 5, Episode 1)
Now that Gus is dead, Walt, Jesse, and Mike work to cover their tracks. Skyler panics when Ted Beneke wakes up. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A season opener to spark excitement See more (11 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Slovis 
Writing credits
Vince Gilligan (created by)

Vince Gilligan (written by)

Produced by
Melissa Bernstein .... co-executive producer
Sam Catlin .... co-executive producer
Bryan Cranston .... producer
Vince Gilligan .... executive producer
Peter Gould .... co-executive producer
Mark Johnson .... executive producer
Stewart Lyons .... producer (as Stewart A. Lyons)
Michelle MacLaren .... executive producer
George Mastras .... co-executive producer
Diane Mercer .... producer
Andrew Ortner .... associate producer
Thomas Schnauz .... co-executive producer
Moira Walley-Beckett .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Dave Porter 
Cinematography by
Marshall Adams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Skip Macdonald 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Sherry Thomas 
Production Design by
Mark S. Freeborn  (as Mark Freeborn)
Art Direction by
Bjarne Sletteland 
Set Decoration by
Michael Flowers 
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Bryan  (as Jennifer Bryan)
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects
Tarra D. Day .... makeup artist (as Tarra Day)
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects
Production Management
James Hapsas .... assistant unit production manager (as James Paul Hapsas)
Stewart Lyons .... unit production manager (as Stewart A. Lyons)
Cynthia Stegner .... post production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joann Connolly .... additional second assistant director
Nina Jack .... first assistant director
Louis A. Lanni .... second assistant director (as Louis Lanni)
Anna Ramey .... second second assistant director
Art Department
William 'W' Gilpin .... construction coordinator
Mark Hansen .... property master
Derek Jensen .... set designer
Vicki M. McWilliams .... art department coordinator
Randy Ortega .... key scenic
Trina E. Siopy .... assistant property master (as Trina Siopy)
Jess Coffer .... set dresser gang boss (uncredited)
Lisa Corradino .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Brian DeNike .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Josue Clotaire Fleurimond .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Kristen Kogler .... set decorations shopper/buyer (uncredited)
Seth Longo .... construction medic (uncredited)
Dale Lotreck .... construction utility (uncredited)
JoAnna Maes-Corlew .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Dennis Riewerts .... draper (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kurt Nicholas Forshager .... supervising sound editor (as Nick Forshager)
Darryl L. Frank .... sound mixer
Eric Justen .... re-recording mixer
Kathryn Madsen .... adr supervisor
Matthew Pavolaitis .... m&e mixer
Jeffrey Perkins .... re-recording mixer
Kathleen Edwards .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Werner Hahnlein .... special effects
Jack Brunacini Jr. .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Powloski .... visual effects producer/supervisor
Lars Simkins .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Laurence Chavez .... stunt coordinator
Glenn Foster .... stunts
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan D'Antoni .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Aubrey Husar .... key grip
Steven Litecky .... chief lighting technician
Lynn Lockwood .... "b" camera operator
Sean Mallon .... best boy electric
Michael Manzanares .... rigging key grip
Mark Mele .... rigging gaffer (as Mark R. Mele)
Jared Olguin .... rigging electrician
Jordan Slovin .... first assistant camera
Alejandro Snodgrass .... best boy grip
Andrew Voegeli .... "a" camera operator/steadicam
Mike D. Fernandez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Richard Galli .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Brett Heicher .... grip (uncredited)
Juergen Heinemann .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kiira Arai .... local casting
Cristina M. Rogers .... casting associate: New Mexico
Russell Scott .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Kathryn Wamego .... extras casting
Lava Buckley .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Yang Silver .... costume supervisor (as Julie Silver)
Stephanie Marie Delgado .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Juliet Hyde-White .... set costumer (uncredited)
Liz Pecos .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Allyson Traub .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Trevor Baker .... post-production coordinator
Mel Friedman .... assistant editor
Sharidan Williams-Sotelo .... assistant editor
Location Management
Christian Diaz De Bedoya .... location manager
Seth Rems .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Thomas Golubic .... music supervisor
Yvette Metoyer .... music coordinator
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Greg Bronner .... transportation captain (as Gregory M. Bronner)
Dennis Milliken .... transportation captain
Other crew
Helen Caldwell .... script supervisor
Jenn Carroll .... script coordinator
Janine Palmieri Fletcher .... clearances (as Janine Fletcher)
Richard Heller .... production secretary
Gennifer Hutchison .... story editor
Elissa Kannon .... production coordinator
Laura Keck .... travel coordinator
Joey Liew .... assistant to executive producers
Edwin L. Perez .... production accountant
Gordon Smith .... writers assistant
Roman Arrellin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jon Baran .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Westland .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Richard Berry .... the producers wish to thank (as Mayor Richard Berry)
Crew believed to be complete

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Did You Know?

The Cadillac that Mike drives to meet Walter and Jesse (and abandons afterwards) is the same car Jesse took from the Cartel party in Salud (episode #4.10).See more »
Factual errors: The magnet is powered by a series of DC batteries, yet is controlled by an AC Variac. This is impossible. Also, the magnet would be nowhere near powerful enough to do what is shown.See more »
Jesse Pinkman:Yeah, bitch! Magnets!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Hogan's Heroes" (1965)See more »
Breaking Bad Main Title ThemeSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A season opener to spark excitement, 8 January 2014
Author: axel-koch from Austria

After season four's phenomenal finale, there's a lot of cleaning up to do for the surviving Breaking Bad characters. But who says that can't be thrilling?

After a rather difficult reacquaintance between Walt and Jesse and Mike, creator and screenwriter Vince Gilligan comes up with yet another insane, but totally believable dodge to solve the situation that these three are in and it's quite fun to watch. Reason for that is also the weird yet amazing script that suddenly shifts the conversation's focus on "why some men put a metal ring through the end of their prick" as Larry Hankin's guest starring junkyard owner so eloquently puts it. This series has always had a talent for fantastic dialogue and "Live Free or Die" proves that once again, with the dead-pan hilariousness of the acting cast increasing the entertainment value.

The plot of this episode didn't leave out more serious territory though and can get quite intense in some, as of now, unresolved arcs, which also include the ambiguous flash-forward pre-credits sequence. Tension for the succeeding episodes is definitely secured and "Live Free or Die" did a great job at establishing the premise and already creating gripping scenes in one go. It's not big-time story-wise and through that, the series' slow side becomes sensible here and there, but these 42 minutes were well-made television in all aspects and I very much enjoyed watching them.

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