Congrats, you “Breaking Bad” fans.  You’re allowed one final fix before going cold-turkey.

AMC announced yesterday that it has renewed the critically acclaimed drama for a fifth and final season.  It will begin in early 2012, and will last a full 16 episodes.

Showrunner Vince Gilligan said in a statement:

“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…This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge which 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.”

Charlie Collier, the president of AMC , also released a statement, saying,

“While it is sad to even contemplate the end of this series, we are so happy to have had the chance to go on this ride, and truly look forward to presenting the rest of this amazing story.”

The season four premiere of “Breaking Bad” got the highest ratings ever for the series.