For Breaking Bad, Walter White just became another instance of art imitating life when a real life meth dealer named Walter White was sentenced to 12 years of prison.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a Breaking Bad sequel, and not just a prequel, is possible with the Better Call Saul spinoff that will be showing exclusively on Netflix.
Breaking Bad’s Walter White was named by Time magazine the most influential character of 2013. Fortunately, the real life Walter White wasn’t inspired to enter a life of crime because of the TV show. Instead, Mr. White claims he became addicted to meth, and his suppliers threatened him when he wanted to stop selling it.
But don’t feel too bad for him. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Walter Jack White to 12 years in prison because he was responsible for distributing 32.5 pounds of meth and he was involved in gun violence. The supplier, Tomas Alvarado, is getting 30 years for his role in the meth dealing.
Unlike the real life Walter White, the creators of the TV show wanted the fictional character in Breaking Bad to be sympathetic to viewers by giving him a “good” reason to be a meth dealer:
“You’re going to see that underlying humanity, even when he’s making the most devious, terrible decisions, and you need someone who has that humanity – deep down, bedrock humanity – so you say, watching this show, ‘All right, I’ll go for this ride. I don’t like what he’s doing, but I understand, and I’ll go with it for as far as it goes.’ If you don’t have a guy who gives you that, despite the greatest acting chops in the world, the show is not going to succeed.”
There apparently wasn’t too much sympathy involved with the family since White’s son, Brandon, actually shot his father in the back after arguing over a $10,000 debt (the son is facing assault with a weapon). And that’s how police managed to discover the Breaking Bad wannabe. While investigating the shooting they found $10,000 in meth, several guns, and more than $15,000 in cash. They also discovered people were robbing storage units in order to pay off their debts to Mr. White.