LOS ANGELES - The hit US show "Breaking Bad" ended with a big bang late Sunday, wrapping up the adventures of Walter White, one of the most original and beloved TV anti-heroes in decades.
The award-winning show was so popular that news about the last episode made top news in leading US media, a welcome respite from the endless bickering in Congress and the looming federal government shutdown.
"It's that moment when Breaking Bad is officially over and you don't know what to do with your life anymore," wrote one enthusiastic fan on Twitter just minutes after the final episode aired, the 62nd in the five-season series.
In the intense final episode, series creator Vince Gilligan deftly wrapped up all of the loose ends in the storyline.
"I am very cautious in my estimation in general of how people will respond to things," Gillian said at an AMC network news conference in July. "I hope I am not wildly wrong in my estimate that most people are going to dig the ending."
And dig they did, judging from the explosion of emotional postings on Twitter.
"That was literally perfect. In every sense of the word. It's been fun. Thank you so much. You changed me," wrote one Josh Lewis.
"Perfectly executed. Absolutely no complaints. Perfect ending to the perfect show," added W.R. Bolen.
The Hollywood industry bible Variety declared that the final episode "gets the chemistry just right."
The New York Times said it "was a fitting ending ... but it was also, by the show's bleak, almost Calvinist standards, a relatively happy ending."