Fans of TV’s Breaking Bad are going be glued to their couches tonight, as the final episode of the Emmy Award-winning dark drama goes to air.
In Toronto, there are some bars and restaurants where fans will gather to see what happens to Walter White, the fictional chemistry teacher whose entry into the world of meth-making and drug dealing has been at the centre of the show for five seasons.
By late Sunday afternoon, there were a growing number of tweets from people trying to make arrangements to see the finale.
At Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor Street West, assistant manager Jackie Pyper said that at least 30 people had called on Sunday to ask whether the bar would be showing the last episode of Breaking Bad tonight.
The answer is yes. They will also be serving specialty drinks, including one named for the show’s protagonist, as well as another for Albuquerque, N.M., the city where the show is set.
“We’re expecting it to be crazy,” Pyper told CBC News in a brief telephone interview on Sunday evening.
Pyper said that staff expect to see Breaking Bad aficionados to start showing up at about 6 p.m. But the final episode won’t air until 9 p.m.
Breaking Bad’s final season was split into two halves.
Pyper said Clinton’s has been showing each of the episodes of the last half of the final season. But she has run out of time to catch up before the finale airs.
“For me, personally, I’m actually four episodes behind,” Pyper said, noting that in recent weeks, she’s had to avoid seeing what was playing at her workplace, so that she wouldn't spoil what she hadn't seen yet.
For the half of the final season that has already aired, the show was awarded the Emmy for best drama. Anna Gunn, who plays Walter White's spouse Skyler on Breaking Bad, won the award for best supporting actress in a drama.