Could Breaking Bad be a prequel to The Walking Dead? A new Netflix fan video is making the case for that theory.
AMC’s Better Call Saul is, of course, a prequel to the network’s Breaking Bad. That’s obvious from the nature of the show itself and the fact that AMC has openly dubbed it a prequel.
The possibility of one of AMC’s other hit shows, The Walking Dead, potentially being a sequel to those two shows is a little more tenuous. But that doesn’t mean that it’s completely out of the question, and there are some interesting connections between Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, as the Netflix video points out.
As an Entertainment Weekly article on the new fan theory also notes, the protagonist of Breaking Bad, Walter White, had a five-season-long record of courting disaster, including causing the death of his brother-in-law and a plane crash. Death, mayhem, and tragedy tended to follow him around. As his tragedies mounted, viewers saw his humanity slipping further and further away as well, with a few moments of redemption thrown in now and then for balance.
Imagine if the mayhem that surrounded White ultimately spread on a much broader and more catastrophic scale. That’s the basis for the Netflix fan theory.
“What if Breaking Bad was about more than Walter White starting as a bumbling chemistry teacher and turning himself into a full-fledged monster?” the narrator of the animated video asks. “What if he turned everyone into full-fledged monsters?”
The underlying premise of the entire theory is that Walter White’s Blue Sky brand of crystal methamphetamine, or some variation of it, is somehow responsible for starting the zombie apocalypse.
“For sure this is an ambitious claim,” the narrator acknowledges early in the video. “But the theory points to a few smoking guns that are pretty compelling when you put them together.”
— Gale Anne Hurd (@GunnerGale) November 6, 2016
One of the most obvious “smoking guns” that connects White’s Blue Sky meth and The Walking Dead is that the conspicuously bright blue drug actually makes an appearance in the hit zombie show.
In the second episode of The Walking Dead, viewers see Merle Dixon’s secret stash of drugs. Among the stash is some of White’s Blue Sky meth.
This leads the narrator of the fan theory video to speculate, “Perhaps The Walking Dead takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Walter White’s world.”
Of course, skeptics could argue that because both shows were made by the same network, it might have just been the props department getting lazy. It could also mean that while, yes, perhaps the two shows take place in “the same world,” they aren’t necessarily directly related. Just because the Blue Sky meth shows up in The Walking Dead doesn’t mean that it is the cause of the zombie outbreak.
The next clue of a possible connection is that the red Dodge Challenger with black racing stripes that Glenn Rhee steals in the second episode of The Walking Dead is the same make, model, and color of the car that Walter White buys for his son in the fourth season of Breaking Bad. It also happened to be an employee named Glenn who informed White that there would be a restocking fee when he attempted to return the car after getting into an argument with his estranged wife, Skylar, over the car. Coincidence? Possibly. Wasn’t Glenn a pizza delivery boy, rather than a car salesman, before the zombie apolcalypse?
Other points where the two shows might overlap include Daryl Dixon’s description of Merle’s drug dealer, which he refers to as “a janky little white guy” and quotes as saying, “I’m going to kill you, b*tch.” The physical description matches that of Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman, and the expletive imbedded in the threat just happens to be one Pinkman was notorious for using.
— Walking Dead World (@TWDGlobe) November 6, 2016
Finally, the theory argues that after Gus Fring falls victim to a bombing inside a hospital in Breaking Bad, he briefly emerges from a room while “literally walking dead,” with much of his face and head blown off by the blast. He does look very zombie-esque in the scene, but he’s not quite a zombie. He’s a person in extreme shock in the final moments before death from a major trauma. Still…he totally looks like a zombie for a second.
The main problem with the theory is that there is nothing in Breaking Bad to suggest that Blue Sky is turning people into zombies. However, as the Netflix video notes, there is an indication that with Fring and Walter White out of the picture as the series comes to a close, production of the drug will become less monitored and controlled, with more and more rival dealers making their own knock-off version of the meth. That could, theoretically, lead to a strand that could cause some sort of zombie-like behavior. Maybe.
But didn’t Edwin Jenner, the Centers for Disease Control scientist from the first season of The Walking Dead, say the outbreak was viral? Hmmm.
Regardless of the potential holes in theory that The Walking Dead is a sequel to Breaking Bad, it’s still fun to think about the possibility and to look at some of the “Easter egg” references between the two shows.
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