ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The curtain is about to come down on “Breaking Bad.”
And Albuquerque is pulling out all the stops to bid the Emmy Award-winning show farewell.
A number of parties and red carpet events are planned around town for tonight’s finale.
Justin Roberts is one of the many fans who will bid adieu.
“It’s going to be difficult, because the show was my Sunday night thing to do,” he says. “It’s been interesting to see Albuquerque put in the spotlight. The show has gotten better over the course of its run, and I can’t wait to see what happens.”
Fans are looking forward to seeing who lives and dies, but mostly whether Walter White, the protagonist turned antagonist, will get away with it all.
The show has been a cash cow for the local economy. The city’s tourism department promotes it as well.
ABQ Trolley Co. started a “Bad Tour,” on which fans were taken for a tour of various “Breaking Bad” locations. Rebel Donut invented a “Blue Sky Donut.” Meanwhile, The Candy Lady in Old Town developed blue rock candy that resembles the blue meth White created on the show.
There are also “Bathing Bad” bath salts, created by the spa Great Face & Body, and Marble Brewery created two beers inspired by “Breaking Bad.”
Mayor Richard J. Berry has said the TV show brought in $1 million in direct spending to the city per episode.
Whether you are staying in to watch the 75-minute finale or choose to go out on the town and experience it with others, there are plenty of choices.
Here are a couple.
Yelp Albuquerque will host a party, starting at 5 p.m. today at the Hotel Albuquerque and its Q Bar. The event will be free to view in the ballroom, and there will be a VIP party, which will feature a special guest appearance, live art by Clown Face and a silent auction. The tickets for this event are $10 at holdmyticket.com.
Lounge 54 at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo will host a viewing party for the show’s series finale from 5-9 p.m. tonight.
“We know that ‘Breaking Bad’ fans are anxious to learn how the story ends, so what better way to say a final goodbye than for everyone to get together and see how it unfolds?” asked Santa Ana Star Casino Director of Marketing Tammy Neil. “We’re also going to celebrate different elements of the show with special ‘Breaking Bad’-inspired food and drinks and a special ‘Breaking Bad’ trivia contest.”
Lounge 54 will offer guests themed drinks, including Marble Brewery’s “Heisenberg’s Dark” and the “Breaking Bad Martini,” as well as “Los Pollos Hermanos” food specials.
Guests can attend the “Breaking Bad” viewing party free of charge but must be age 21 or older.