It’s rare when the final episode of a TV series really qualifies as an “event” (indeed, only last week Dexter seemed to bow out rather shamefacedly, a shadow of its former self), but the finale of cult TV smash Breaking Bad, the celebrated show charting the main character’s unlikely transformation from geeky teacher to meth dealer, was precisely this, picking up the best ever ratings for US cable network AMC in the process.
Social media well reflected the sense of occasion, with a blizzard of hashtags and well-wishers descending on Twitter, including celebrities like Ewan McGregor and Ellen Degeneres.
The 57-year-old California-born actor and Breaking Bad lead Bryan Cranston told Entertainment Weekly the climax was “very satisfying” and “unapologetic”. He was, he said, happy how things turned out for his character. Breaking Bad‘s success was capped last week when it won the prestigious Emmy award for best television drama series. Cranston had previously won the best actor award three times for playing Walter White.