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'Breaking Bad' Finale: How the Albuquerque Media Covered (Video)

Local residents say goodbye to the show that made their town famous.

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A scene from the final episode of "Breaking Bad"

The Albuquerque media covered the end of Breaking Bad by focusing on the local parties and tours that celebrated the show that made the town famous.

NBC affiliate KOB visited some of the locations immortalized by the show, including Jesse Pinkman's house, the A-1 car wash that Walter and Skyler White owned, and Twisters, the site of one of Gus Fring's fried chicken restaurants, Los Pollos Hermanos.

Along the way, the station met fans of the show, including some who dressed up as Walter White or a 97 percent pure bag of blue crystal meth.

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The station also visited the house where Walter's family lived, perhaps the busiest spot in town, and talked to its owner, Fran Padilla, who said that they had had more than 1,400 visitors in the past month alone.

KOB also reported on the parties to celebrate the show's ending, including a lavish bash at the Hotel Albuquerque, where the station's correspondent reported live on the evening news.

ABC affiliate KOAT also stationed a reporter at the Hotel Albuquerque to cover the farewell party. KOAT talked to partygoers and reported on the Breaking Bad-inspired details of the bash.

The ABC affiliate noted that the party featured bartenders dressed in the meth-making hazmat suits featured on the show and a blue drink called "Crystal Meth Persuasion." Vendors in the lobby also sold "Breaking Bad" merchandise ranging from T-shirts to artwork.

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Inside the party, fans weighed in on the highly anticipated final episode, with one satisfied customer telling KOAT, "No finale could be better than Breaking Bad." Another was still fighting back tears as she said, "It was so sad."

The party also featured guests dressed up like Heisenberg. At the end of her report, KOAT's correspondent noted that there would be a spinoff focused on Walter White's unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman, but it was unknown whether that show would film in Albuquerque, saying they'd simply have to wish and hope that it would.

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Meanwhile, the local newspaper, the Albuquerque Journal, featured an extensive feature on the Hotel Albuquerque party. There, fans talked about how the show depicted the area.

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"You could tell that they love our town," Mary Holyoke said of the show as she walked out of the party. "The way they shot the horizon, the day-to-night sequences, the scenes driving down Central, the sky, the mountains. I feel like Albuquerque is losing a friend."

Fellow resident Christina Juhasz-Wood said she felt that the people behind the show paid attention to Albuquerque's details. Juhasz-Wood also said that people in town have had positive experiences with the show, from being extras to sharing pleasant conversations with star Bryan Cranston.

The Journal also noted the business impact of the show, mentioning that Mayor Richard Berry had estimated that each episode brings $1 million to the city, and pointed out that local artists who sold their paintings at Sunday's party could also share in the financial windfall.

The paper also noted the real crystal meth epidemic in New Mexico.

CBS affiliate KRQE pointed out that people were able to watch the finale in the hotel's ballroom for free or attend a VIP party in the lounge for $10. Donations went to PB&J Family Services, which helps at-risk youths in the city.

Fox affiliate KASA also sent a reporter to a local restaurant Monday morning to get local residents' reactions to the final episode.