Breaking Bad fans are no doubt still mourning the loss of the AMC hit and the death of Walter White in the series finale, but distraught viewers who want to pay their respects will be able to do so at a funeral being held in White's hometown of Albuquerque.
According to The Hollywood Reporter today, Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse will be hosting the funeral at Albuquerque's Sunset Memorial Park on Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow afterwards. Breaking Bad set decorator Michael Flowers is set to deliver the eulogy.
The event isn't being held simply to remember a make-believe TV character, however. Fans will be required to pay to attend and all proceeds from the funeral and reception will benefit Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless via The Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation. A $20 donation will get you admission to the funeral and a commemorative bracelet, while $100 grants entrance to the reception.
If you can't make it to Albuquerque for the funeral, fans can also make donations online and purchase bracelets, the proceeds from which go along with ticket sales towards substance abuse and homelessness services.
“Walter White has brought awareness to viewers about the problems associated with drug abuse and homelessness," Bernalillo County sheriff Dan Houston said. "If his death can generate financial donations to combat drug abuse and homelessness in Bernalillo County, then Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless is a well deserving recipient of those proceeds.”
The city of Albuquerque has benefited a great deal from having Breaking Bad set and filmed there and continues to embrace its status as a tourist destination for TV junkies. The Albuquerque Journal even published an obituary for Walter White after the series finale, so a full-on funeral is only fitting.