Walter White’s fate was sealed in the series finale of Breaking Bad. But what about his family?
We know Walt tried to set them up to live a somewhat comfortable life. But the finale didn’t get into what exactly happened to his wife, Skyler White, and their kids, Holly and Walt Jr. Did his plan work, or is his family still struggling? Here’s one theory on what happened to Walt’s family after Breaking Bad.
How ‘Breaking Bad’ ended
After spending five seasons reigning as meth kingpin Heisenberg, Walt’s world began to collapse. Found out by police, he contacted the “disappearer” and fled New Mexico for New Hampshire, where he resumed a new identity.
But a lonely Walt eventually returned to tie up loose ends, despite the nationwide manhunt for him. At home, he provided Skyler with the location of Hank and Steve’s burial sites to use as a bargaining chip in negotiating a plea deal and left her some money to support their family. Then he left to meet with Jack at his hideout, where he died after a shootout.
What happened to Walt’s family after ‘Breaking Bad’ ended
On Reddit, one person speculated that Skyler wrote a memoir called Til Meth Do Us Part: Married to Heisenberg that earned her a lucrative book deal. In the words of Looper, that “stands in stark contrast to the little-read short stories she’d write and the tiny profits she was making selling on eBay at the start of the series.”
The theory also says that Walt Jr. no longer goes by his birth name and now uses Flynn, just like he did in the earlier episodes of Breaking Bad. Both he and his mom are well off enough that they have enough money to send Flynn to college and “live off of indefinitely.”
A lot of viewers will probably agree that it would be nice to see them have a little more peace and stability in their lives, especially after everything that happened in Breaking Bad. But at the same time, it can be argued that that’s exactly what happened in the finale when Walt finally agreed to exit their lives.
Will ‘Breaking Bad’ ever be revived?
A revival series could definitely offer up more insight into what exactly happened to Walt’s family after Breaking Bad. But the chances of one happening are extremely low.
Actor Bryan Cranston (Walter White) previously said at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con that “it’s best to leave it alone.” He continued (via Comic Book): “I don’t want to mess with it. It was the perfect opportunity that changed all of our lives. It changed many lives on our show.”
But at least there’s Better Call Saul — the Breaking Bad spinoff centered around Saul Goodman and his past life as do-good lawyer Jimmy McGill. Better Call Saul has received strong reviews from fans and critics since its premiere, with some arguing that it’s even better than its predecessor. Sound interesting? See more of our coverage below.