‘The Walking Dead’-‘Breaking Bad’ Theory That Will Blow Your Mind

Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad!

Promotional images of Walter White, from 'Breaking Bad' and a zombie from 'The Walking Dead'

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead | AMC

For a beautiful period of time in the early 2010s, AMC was home to many of the most evocative series on television. One, Breaking Bad, won just about every award out there and is widely considered to be one of the best TV shows ever made. Another, The Walking Dead, remains one of the most watched series today, and boasts some of the most devoted fans on the planet.

On paper, just about all these two series have in common, though, was the network they aired on. Breaking Bad is a realistic, gritty drama about a science teacher turned drug kingpin. The Walking Dead is about a post-apocalyptic world in which the characters are equally likely to die at the hands of zombies and sociopaths.

Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes points a gun in AMC's The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln stars in The Walking Dead | AMC

But devoted fans have noticed a handful of similarities between the two series. And after adding the details together, they’ve come up with a new theory. It’s gotten some pretty big buzz, because it not only definitively connects Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead‘s narratives, it shows that Walter White’s path of destruction spanned far beyond Albuquerque.

Putting the “Breaking Dead” pieces together

Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in a promotional image from AMC's 'Breaking Bad'

Breaking Bad‘s Jesse and Walt | AMC

The nuts and bolts of this new fan theory have been floating around the internet for a while. In essence, Walking Dead fans noticed a fun Easter egg from Season 1 — that the car Glenn Rhee drove out of Atlanta, a red Dodge Charger, was identical to the one that Walter White purchased on Breaking Bad. That’s hardly a huge revelation, even given the fact that Walt later returned the car to a man named Glenn. But that wasn’t the only wink-and-nod moment to Breaking Bad fans.

In Season 2 of The Walking Dead, Daryl showed off Merle’s sizable drug stash, which just happened to contain some sky blue methamphetamine crystals. Breaking Bad fans instantly recognized Walter’s signature concoction and had a good laugh. Then, in The Walking Dead‘s fourth season, Daryl brought up his brother’s dealer — a “janky white kid” who sounded eerily similar to Breaking Bad‘s tough-talking, B-word loving Jesse Pinkman.

That’s a lot of coincidental references from The Walking Dead to Breaking Bad. But this fan theory goes even further by surmising that one of Walt’s main nemeses literally became a dead man walking himself. And that’s where things get really interesting.

Did Walter White start the zombie apocalypse?

Think back to Season 4 of Breaking Bad, when Walt was at his wit’s end trying to figure out how to defeat fellow kingpin, Gus Fring. Netflix Fan Theories reminds us that he was out-of-his mind stressed out, and therefore more prone to recklessness — both in life as a whole, and more specifically while he was cooking meth.

So, just imagine for a second that he perhaps messed up his formula enough to create some kind of reaction that blurred the line between life and death. And imagine, too, that Gus himself ingested some of Walt’s drugs before his fatal visit to Hector Salamanca. That would mean that when he walked calmly out of the nursing home room, half his face blown away and clearly halfway dead already, he could have become the first of many zombies.

Zombies on AMC's The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead | AMC

Okay, so the theory isn’t perfect. First of all, Fring wasn’t exactly the type of distributor to sample the goods. And we know, from The Walking Dead, that the virus infects everyone — not just those who are bitten by walkers. Yes, it may be difficult to really prove that Walt played a role in bringing on the apocalypse. But given the rest of the evidence that built this theory, it’s not so hard to imagine that just maybeThe Walking Dead and Breaking Bad‘s worlds are in some small way connected. It’s fun to think about, anyway.

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