AMC, staring at a future without “Breaking Bad” and maybe also minus the Western drama “Hell on Wheels,” has jump-started talks to bring back “The Killing” after all.

”The Killing” (Carole Segal/AMC)

AMC announced last month that “Hell on Wheels” would return for a third season. But the creators’ contracts were not renewed, after AMC thought another of its writer/producers would become the show-runner — only he put them wise and now the show has no show-runner and its future in doubt.

Last August, AMC announced that “Breaking Bad” would be back for a fifth and final season of 16 episodes — to be dragged out over two years, in two clumps of eight episodes.

Maybe AMC will call the final eight episodes “Breaking Bad: Walter White Out,” bill it as a “limited-event series” and declare it miniseries at trophy season.

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston traditionally won the best drama actor Emmy every year in which he was eligible — until Showtime premiered “Homeland,” which broke Cranston’s winning streak last September.