The Walking Dead a sequel to Breaking Bad? Strangely plausible theory surfaces

Ladies and gentlemen - The Breaking Dead Theory

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 04 November 2016 10:54 GMT
Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead fan theory is surprisingly plausible

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If you thought the only thing Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead shared was a US network (AMC), then perhaps it’s time to realign that view.

A new theory from Netflix has surfaced suggesting that Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed drama is set in the same universe as the zombie series – going so far as to suggest that Walter White’s crystal meth Blue Sky was what caused the walker outbreak.

Still with us? Okay, hear them out.

The theory is split into four facts, two of which are interlinked fairly heavily. Fundamentally, it suggests that original Walking Dead character Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) bought some Blue Sky – which we see with our own eyes in season 1 episode, ‘Guts.’ Later, Merle’s brother Daryl (Norman Reedus) shares the anecdote of the drug deal with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) – with the dealer apparently threatening: “I’m going to kill you, bitch.”

Could Breaking Bad‘s very own Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) have sold Heisenberg’s Blue Sky to the Dixon brothers?

Could Merle have been sold Heisenberg’s Blue Sky meth?
Could Merle have been sold Heisenberg’s Blue Sky meth?

Another fact the theory hammers home relates to the car Walt buys Walt Jr (RJ Mitte) in Breaking Bad season 4 which is near-identical to the one driven by a fresh-faced Glenn (Steven Yeun) back in The Walking Dead season one (they both have two black stripes on the front). Evidence supporting the theory doesn’t stop there: when Skylar (Anna Gunn) orders Walt to take the car back, he brings it to ‘Glenn’s Car Lot.’ Yeah, really.

This aspect of the theory can be debunked, however, considering it hangs on Glenn being a car salesman before the pandemic; he was a pizza delivery boy. Saying that, perhaps Glenn Sr could have owned the lot?

But the question remains: why would Walt’s meth have caused the outbreak? The theory isn’t so sure why instead suggesting that the very first walker was Gus Fring himself (assuming he dabbled with the substance off-screen).

Just look at him post-explosion.

They know they’re pushing it: ‘This theory is absolutely a stretch because it requires us to invent moments, motives and scenes we didn’t see on screen to make it plausible.” Despite its “impressive connections,” they rate it 5/10 on believability but 9/10 on entertainment – which sounds about right.

It should not be overlooked that there are some striking connections, though – perhaps this were just intended as fun easter eggs by The Walking Dead‘s then-showrunner Frank Darabont?

But if not, could we see Jesse soon knocking on the walls of Alexandria? Or Walt Jr show up as one of the Whisperers? Maybe we’ll even see the outbreak through the eyes of Saul Goodman in the Better Call Saul flashforwards.

Then again, maybe not.

The Walking Dead season 9 continues in the US every Sunday with its UK premiere arriving the following evening on FOX.

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