Everyone is going gaga for the final episodes of Breaking Bad these days. Although this is the sixth year the show has aired, it’s still technically the fifth season. It just took them two eight-week runs, over 2012 and 2013, to complete it.
Because I watch Breaking Bad via an iTunes season pass, I was elated to see that Breaking Bad “Season 5” was selling for $22.99 in 2012. I bought the season pass for what I thought were the sixteen episodes of Season 5. Last month, however, when I went to download the first of the new batch of episodes, I found that had to buy another season pass for the “Final Season.” It was confusing, given that the episodes airing in 2013 are still part of Season 5.
It turns out that I was not alone in my confusion. After a class-action lawsuit, Apple has given us a buy-back:
We apologize for any confusion the naming of “Season 5” and “The Final Season” of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we’d like to offer you “The Final Season” on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.
It’s unclear who is at fault here, but Apple and AMC better figure this out before the final season of Mad Men, also due to air over two years in 2014 and 2015.