On the brighter side, we get 8 episodes to hold us over for a while.
Then we get EIGHT MORE. That's three to four more episodes than if it was just one season.
So, in a way it might help to look at it as like a BBC season (or two).
Also, this is a plausible compromise between the desires of Gilligan and AMC. Sad to say.
At least things aren't going to go the way of DEADWOOD, which fell apart in terms of being able to conclude on ANYONE'S terms. So sad.