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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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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 Sotelo .... assistant editor (as Sharidan Williams-Sotelo)
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
Christian Diaz De Bedoya .... location manager
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)
Seth Rems .... location 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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The episode's title, Live Free or Die, is the slogan seen on Walt's car's licence plate in the opening scene.See more »
Plot holes: Old Joe states before the magnet is put to test in the junkyard, "Remove anything metal." How do the officer's gun, belt, badge, ect. not get pulled by the magnets force when he opens the door to the evidence room?See more »
Mike Ehrmantraut:Keys, scumbag. It's the universal symbol for keys.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
One Last Ride!, 8 February 2015
Author: g-bodyl from United States

This is the first episode of the fifth and final season of one of television's greatest shows, Breaking Bad. After a tremendous season four finale, season five opens with a bang even though there were no big moments. The plot slows down a tad, but we still get fantastic acting and a fantastic screenplay filled with excellent dialog. It's also interesting to note how Walter White's character experienced a drastic change from Season One.

In this episode, "Live Free or Die," we start with a flashback showing Walt at Denny's buying weapons. Then we rewind to the current day in the immediate aftermath of Gus's death. After Walt and Jesse make peace, they recruit a livid Mike to help destroy all the evidence that could incriminate them. Meanwhile Hank stops at the destroyed meth lab and Skylar is frightened when the beaten-up Ted finally awakes.

Overall, this is a great start to the final season which I'm sure is going to blow our expectations through the roof. We learn some surprising things in this episode which increases the drama of the episode. A very fine start! I rate this episode 10/10.

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