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Meanwhile, the show has become a weekly social media event during every airing as Albuquerque residents and visitors post photos and links of sites they've visited. Often, a character's death or a single quote can spark a hashtag on Twitter to trend worldwide.
"We expect this craze to continue for a while," said Tania Armenta, a vice-president for the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. "All this has translated into more visitors who come here and then enjoy all aspects of the city."
"Breaking Bad" follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.
The show recently won the Emmy for outstanding drama.
In accepting the award, series creator Vince Gilligan even gave Albuquerque a shoutout. "Thank you to a wonderful crew in Albuquerque, N.M.," he said, generating more buzz on social media.
On finale night, a number of watch parties have been scheduled around town and food related to the show has been ordered in advance.
Jesuit volunteers at Immaculate Conception Church, for example, will hold a watch party in the basement of the downtown church. Other fans will gather at Hotel Albuquerque for a special VIP showing serviced with special cocktails named after "Breaking Bad" characters.
"I'm nervous," said Lerner, who plans on joining the city's watching frenzy but from her own living room. "I have no idea how it's going to end."
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