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Breaking Dead: Is BREAKING BAD a WALKING DEAD Prequel?

Is it possible Breaking Bad‘s Jesse and Walt were somehow responsible for the The Walking Dead‘s apocalyptic zombie outbreak? Even if Vince Gilligan’s meth saga has come to an end, its impact is being felt on AMC’s gory zombie series, with Easter eggs here and there hinting at a shared universe (and characters), reaching back to the very first season of The Walking Dead.

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The season four episode of The Walking Dead, “Still,” sees Daryl recounting an anecdote about his brother Merle’s dealer. And his description sounds like a certain short, bald meth dealer out of New Mexico.

Speaking of Merle’s stash, season two sees Daryl’s big brother’s bag of drugs making an appearance as the group attempts to deal with T-Dog’s fever. And at the bottom of the bag? Does that look like a bunch of blue crystals?

Weird.

But it all starts with Walt’s shiny pair of wheels in season four, a Dodge Charger which Skyler made him return so that his new ride wouldn’t draw attention to the family business. Well, guess what is the name of the general manager of the dealership? That’s right, everyone’s favorite fleet-footed survivor, Glenn, who is seen driving the same car in the first season of The Walking Dead.

The biggest surprise here is that Glenn was a general manager of anything, but hey, it all lines up otherwise.

The working theory, via HitFix: after the events of the Breaking Bad finale, the outbreak begins, prompting Jesse to flee in a stolen car… from the same dealership being managed by Glenn, bringing the two characters and the Charger out east. Jesse also likely used his remaining stock of Blue Sky to barter his way out of sticky situations as things started falling apart.

Of course, these could just be a series of cute teases by AMC, home to both series, and a reminder that Better Call Saul is on the way soon.

HT: HitFix

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52 comments

  • Didn’t Glenn (in Walking Dead) steal that car, and that’s why the alarm was going off? It’s been a long while since I saw that episode, so I’m not certain, but if that’s the case, it would seem to sort of derail the whole thing.

  • You ALL are wrong…. stop squealing for 5 seconds and pay attention.

    The rims on the Breaking bad car are thinner with 5 spokes and ONLY has two GT stripes on the top of the hood roof and trunk.. (visible 0;16 seconds into the video)

    while the car in the walking dead has completely different thicker 5 spoke rims (visible at 0:46 seconds)
    with a black stripe down the side just below the window.
    (visible at 0:39 and 0:56 seconds)

    Glad i could ruin your dreams.

  • Thank you, Alex. I was gonna mention the OBVIOUS black side stripe in walking dead.
    Do, could still be a fun Easter egg tease. He’ll, Glenn’s dad could have been a Glenn, too. And car differences added later by the new owner of the car. But everyone seems to be saying that the car was torched anyway. H hee hee. :)

  • The meth is merely an homage to Breaking Bad… I also liked the Governor in Season 3 ticking off the names of the men he lost to Merl’s sneak attack:
    “We lost Heisenberg!”

    I think there have been distinct subtle homages, but no complex interweaving of the stories…

    Two of AMC’s big money makers somewhat contemporaneous in the TV universe…

  • The car connection is nonsense.
    That said, I’ve decided that blue meth caused the zombie apocalypse in the Walking Dead universe and I don’t care what anyone says because it’s MAKE BELIEVE. o_o

    How do you start a zombie apocalypse? HOWEVER YOU WANT. They’re not real.

    • So because it’s clearly said in TWD that everyone carries the virus means that every single person on the fucking planet consumed the meth? Makes perfect sense!

  • Walter White blew up the Dodge Challenger in Season 4, Episode 7, when he flipped out randomly and started doing donuts with the car. He planked it and couldn’t get it unstuck, so he blew it up. The Blue Sky being in Merle’s bag is just an Easter Egg, since both shows are on the same Network, they exist in the same universe.

  • Yes Walter did blow the car up. But doesn’t anyone remember that in a later episode he bought Jr another one right after he bought his new car. Even Skyler ended up with a new car. The 2nd Challenger was the same model as the 1st so still not same as 1 in Walking Dead. A lot of the time cars are loaned to production companies to use for product placement so the exact model used depends on the 1 given. That may be the only reason for the model mix up.

  • So just to be clear, Walter White burns the Challenger to the ground after pulling a series of doughnuts in a parking lot in Breaking Bad. That stated, it’s impossible for the Challenger that Glenn drove and Walter White’s Challenger to be the same car.

  • Actually Walt blew up the first Dodge Challenger. But later in the series, he bought another Dodge Challenger that looked exactly the same, when he bought Walt Jr and himself a new car, after he didn’t give a sh!t what his wife thought anymore. I can’t remember what happen to the second Challenger, but I don’t think it was destroyed.

  • He bought a new one again in season 5. Why do people always forget that? Secondly, Glenn clearly stated in Season 1 of TWD that he was a pizza delivery guy before the outbreak, so no he didn’t manage no cars. Jeez, get your facts straight before jumping into conclusions. It all sounds kinda great in a way, but the only supporting evidence to this whole theory is the blue crystals and maybe Merles supplier. But that wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense, since Daryl states they never left Georgia before the outbreak, and Jesse is from New Mexico. I’d say they’re just easter eggs. We won’t know for sure really until TWD ends but until then, all valid arguments are weak

  • What if the car that Jesse drove off with in the Breaking Bad finale was the same Challenger that Glenn stole in The Walking Dead? Jesse could have been running from the zombie outbreak until he ran into a bigger group of people in Atlanta (Terminus?). He decided to ditch the car in order to survive, leaving it in Atlanta, where Glenn stole it later on. Merle getting ahold of the Blue Crystal Meth is easier to explain. I mean Walter was selling the Blue internationally at one point, so from New Mexico to Georgia isn’t that hard to believe. 

  • Umm but in Walking Dead Season 1 episode 4 Glenn tells Daryl and them he was a pizza delivery guy right before he goes out to retrieve the bag of guns. So how is Glenn a General Manager again? And tied into Breaking Bad? 

  • First off all u dumbass’s its not blue meth in that damn bag there blue pills you idiots I’ve watched every episode of TWD atleast 8 times been a extra 4 times I only live a hour from sneoia ga where its all filmed  secondly the chargers are different models one is a srt8 the other is a rt and when Daryl was telling the story of Meryl’s friend the part clearly stated the fight began over Meryl talking shit about the cartoon that the guys little boy liked Jesse didn’t have a kid I’ve never left any kind of message like this but I just had to set you people straight learn your drugs learn your cars and pay more attention to the tv shows 

    • Are they a dumbass cause they had a theory? Are they all idiots? Calm down you little fucker and actually have a little fun. TV isn’t supposed to be studied, its just there to have entertainment and to lay back and relax. Not to be studying every little detail… just because someone has a reasonable theory that has some flaws doesn’t mean you have to be a whinny teen going through puberty about it: don’t be so bitchy.

    • Actually, Jesse probably does have a kid. At the end of the series Brock has no family – he probably adopted him. Also, it is pretty clear from the photo that it is, in fact, crystal meth in the bag and not pills. You’re right about the car, but it may have still been put in as an easter egg for fans.