At first glance, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad couldn't be more different. One is a zombie apocalypse/human survival epic, the other a modern classic about a common man forced by circumstance into a life of crime and corruption, becoming in the process perhaps the greatest antihero of our time. But consider, for a moment, that The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad share a universe, are subtly connected somehow. Sound totally implausible? Well, think again.
Crazy Walking Dead Breaking Bad fan theory speculation has abounded in 2017, and some of these ideas actually hold water (some, on the other hand, are a stretch, even to the most conspiracy-theory-minded fans). Some firmly believe The Walking Dead is a Breaking Bad sequel; others note intriguing, but random, correlations (or Easter eggs) between the shows.
Walter White's Trademark Blue Sky Meth Appears On 'The Walking Dead'
Breaking Bad protagonist Walter White's claim to fame is the unique blue meth he cooked up thanks to his background in chemistry. The drug, which White manufactured in Albuquerque, New Mexico, somehow made it way to Georgia. The second episode of the second season of Walking Dead, 'Bloodletting', features a stash of Blue Sky meth in one of the clearest signals The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad share a universe.
None of the characters on Dead talk about it, or even acknowledge, the meth. Does this mean the two shows inhabit the same universe? Does it indicate that Walter White's empire lives thrives? Who knows. But that's definitely Walt's meth.
The Heisenberg Theme Song Appears in 'Fear The Walking Dead'
In Season 3, Episode 11 of Fear The Walking Dead ("La Serpiente"), Madison and Walker walk through a market on a hunt for water. In the background, you can hear a snippet of a song from Breaking Bad frequently used when White's alter-ego, Heisenberg, was onscreen.
Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erikson said of the song's use:
"I tried to be subtle with it. That was probably the moment when I fell the most deeply in love with Breaking Bad, when they did that cold open music video. As we were looking for pieces to incorporate into this world, it had the right vibe to it. It's a gentle nod of admiration and adoration to Vince Gilligan."
A Dude Named Glenn Drives A Red Dodge Challenger With Black Racing Stripes In Both Shows
On Breaking Bad, Walt buys Walt, Jr. a red Dodge Challenger with black racing stripes. Walter's wife, Skylar, is far from pleased, and forces her husband to return the car. When he attempts to do so, he's told by the used car salesman, a young man named Glenn, there's a restocking fee to return the vehicle; rather than pay the fee, Walter blows up the car. Fast forward to the second episode of The Walking Dead, you see a red Dodge Challenger driven by a man named Glenn. This theory suggests Glenn from the car lot bought the car from Walter before detonation, and drove it to Georgia.
The Janky Little White Guy Mentioned On 'TWD' Sounds Suspiciously Like Jesse Pinkman
On The Walking Dead, Darryl mentions Merle's old drug dealer as a "janky little white guy." He went on to quote the janky little white guy as saying, "I'm going to kill you, b*tch."
There is perhaps no jankier little white guy than Jesse Pinkman of Breaking Bad. Not only is Pinkman a drug dealer, he had a fondness for calling people "b*tch" and rattling off idle threats. This might also help explain why Merle has a stash of Blue Sky meth.