UPDATE 9/30/2013: 10.3 million viewers tuned in for the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night – EW
Today is the first Super Bowl Sunday in New Mexico Film Production history, and from The New York Times to The Daily Mail UK, the globe is focused on the broadcast finale for the most famous chemist since Marie Curie.
Tonight Walter White will meet his fate, and his story will be closed in this first chapter of the full legacy of New Mexico’s own Breaking Bad.
If anyone doubts the certainty of the lasting impact the Emmy winning series will have on our state, you should look to the heavens and recall the outer galactic frenzies that swirl around traveling conventions, and expos for the nearly half a century old series Star-Trek, and the unrivaled veracity of Star Wars film fans. And these, for the most part, showcase theoretical places and people – unlike the Breaking Bad experiences of Albuquerque location and studio tours.
From Taco Sal’s to To’hajiilee, the people and places of this five season epic-saga will play on and on, and on, on television, and streaming online into the foreseeable future.
Even the white water rapid rivers, deep in the hills of Georgia – which until 1972 went largely unknown, today draw millions of tourist dollars, over 40 years after the area gained popularity and infamy for its part in the hit movie Deliverance.
So, whether you’re team Bad or team “Woodall”, the final score won’t be evident even in tomorrow’s sure to be record setting ratings for tonight’s series finale, but will be measured in the years, decades and perhaps even centuries to come.
Here’s to NM’s film futures, with a salute to all those who’ve worked for decades past to build the championship team of today.
New Mexico Film, you just won the Super Bowl! What are you gonna do now?