‘Perfect’ is how fans describe Breaking Bad ending
Spoiler alert as multi-Emmy winning series reaches its final resolution
Bryan Cranston, left, and Aaron Paul in a scene from Breaking Bad. Photograph: Ursula Coyote/AMC via The New York Times
Fran Padilla, third from left, owner of the home used as Walter White’s house in the TV series Breaking Bad, waits on the sidewalk as fans take photographs in Albuquerque last week. Photograph: Rick Scibelli Jr./The New York Times
Debbie Ball, owner of The Candy Lady, holds rock candy made to resemble the blue meth from the TV show Breaking Bad in Albuquerque. Photograph: Rick Scibelli Jr./The New York Times
A bulletin board at Rebel Donut shows a photograph of actor Dean Norris from Breaking Bad eating the shop’s best-selling doughnut, a legal allusion to the blue meth made famous by the AMC series in Albuquerque. Photograph: Rick Scibelli Jr./The New York Times
The journey of anti-hero Walter White came to a dark end last night when fans of Breaking Bad finally learned the fate of the chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin, as AMC’s cult drug drama concluded after a five-season run.
#Breaking Bad become the hot topic on Twitter yesterday, with the hashtag #GoodbyeBreakingBad trending throughout the day. As Walt’s journey came in an end, the majority of fan reactions were positive, with many calling the ending “perfect.”
“We needed to dot all the Is and cross all the Ts ... we needed a resolution,” Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, said in AMC’s post-finale show .
Bryan Cranston who plays Walter White tweeted : “Thank you for sharing this ride with me, without you we never would have lasted”. Aaron Paul who plays Jesse Pinkman tweeted his much used phrase “Let’s do this bitch!!! Get ready everyone for some madness”.
Emmy-winning Breaking Bad has captured audiences with its gritty plot about Walter White, a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to cooking methamphetamine with ex-student Jesse Pinkman, in order to make money for his family.
Walt’s chemistry skills allow him to create the purest meth available, which becomes known as “blue sky.” Its popularity in the market leads Walt to eventually becoming a drug kingpin known as Heisenberg.
AMC split the final season of Breaking Bad in two, the first half airing in 2012 and the second in 2013. The second half of the final season, which began in August, saw an average of 5.2 million viewers tuning in to see the conclusion of Walt’s saga, more than double last year’s audience for the show, according to AMC.
Online streaming site Netflix is credited with helping boost viewership for Breaking Bad, giving audiences a chance to binge-watch earlier seasons to quickly catch up. The last episode is now available on Netflix in Ireland.
On Sunday, Paul hosted a viewing party of the final episode at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles. Paul joined cast members including RJ Mitte, who plays Walt Jr, driving onto the stage in the rusty RV that Walt and Jesse first cooked meth in, and emerged wearing yellow Hazmat suits, welcomed by hundreds of excited fans.
“It’s the final night of Breaking Bad. It’s devastating, I know. I can’t thank you enough for coming out,” Paul said, before enthusiastically kicking off the screening of the finale with Jesse’s trademark phrase “Yeah, bitch!”
Fans flock to Albuquerque
In the setting for the show in Albuquerque, New Mexico fan fervour has become routine as an an entire Breaking Bad economy sprang up over the past six years.