Is 'Breaking Bad' a prequel to 'The Walking Dead'? Netflix has a theory that it is
On the surface, there's nothing that connects Breaking Bad to The Walking Dead, aside from massive popularity and their shared network, AMC. But what if Breaking Bad and its "Mr. Chips to Scarface" story of Walter White was simultaneously a window into the zombie outbreak on The Walking Dead? Netflix, of all places, broke down the already established "Breaking Dead" theory.
Netflix points to a few hints from The Walking Dead that ostensibly link the shows, starting with the blue meth that put Heisenberg on the map. In the zombie series' first season, Daryl's brother Merle has a hidden stash of drugs, which includes the signature blue tint of Heisenbergs' product.
Then there's the red and black Dodge Challenger that Walter buys for his son, Walt Jr., in season four. It's badass, but Skyler asks Walter to return the sports car to the dealership and its manager, whose name is Glenn. Walt doesn't want to pay a $700 fee for returning the car, so instead he blows it up. But that same Challenger shows up in The Walking Dead when Glenn drives out of Atlanta. Could he be the car dealer from Breaking Bad?
Further hints include the drug dealer Daryl refers to as a "janky little white guy" who says "bitch," which is Jesse Pinkman's favorite word in the English language, as well as Gus Frings' gruesome, zombie-like death in season four. Could Walter White's meth be the agent for the zombie outbreak, with Fring being one of the first zombies seen on-screen (the man does fix his tie after losing half his face).
While the theory is cute, and interesting, we're going to have to call B.S. on this one. The Walking Dead's Glenn, for instance, wasn't a car dealer before the zombie outbreak: He delivered pizzas. He also delivered pizza in Atlanta, whereas Breaking Bad takes place in New Mexico. Plus, if Fring really was a zombie, the outbreak would've been nearly instantaneous — we have Fear The Walking Dead's first season in Los Angeles as the proof.
Any seeming hints to Breaking Bad were most likely AMC's clever way of inserting Easter eggs into its other shows. The blue meth from The Walking Dead's first season and the car Glenn drives, are pretty good proof to this. To Netflix's credit, they gave the theory a 5 out of 10 for believability. We agree, much like their 9 out of 10 for its entertainment value.
You can check out the video breaking down the theory below: