The Walking Dead & Breaking Bad Prequel Theory is Wrong

Written by: Jack De Graaf
Reading time: 4 mins
Last updated: March 17, 2021

The car Walter bought Walt Jr. in Breaking Bad is the same as Glenn's getaway car in the 2nd episode of The Walking Dead.

Walt Jr's Car - Breaking Bad

If you’re a T.V. junkie like me there’s a high chance that you loved Breaking Bad. And there’s an equally high chance that you absolutely love The Walking Dead.

So if that’s you, then you’ve probably heard the “Heisenberg’s blue sky caused the zombie outbreak in The Walking Dead” theory.

It’s pretty cool, to be honest. Lets look at the evidence.

Walt Junior’s Car

Glenn Rhee's Car

In The Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 2, we see Rick come across the Atlanta Camp group whilst they are all trapped by a horde of hungry walkers.

The group had to stage a daring escape that saw Rick and Glenn cover themselves in walker guts and half-sneak/half-fight their way to some getaway vehicles. This is the getaway vehicle that Glenn picks up.

Walt Jr's Car - Breaking Bad

Look familiar? That’s because it is. Remember the car Walter bought Walt Jr. in Season 4 of Breaking Bad?

The resemblance is uncanny.

Merle’s Blue Stash

Heisenberg's Blue Sky - The Walking Dead

Now fast forward to Season 2 Episode 2 of The Walking Dead, where Daryl reveals how Merle was a drug dealer before the apocalypse, and takes out a clear plastic bag containing Merle’s stash.

Sitting at the bottom of the bag is what clearly appears to be Walter White’s signature Blue Sky.

Merle’s Dealer Story

Beth Greene & Daryl Dixon

On top of this, in the episode “Still” from Season 4 of The Walking Dead, we see Daryl tell a story about Merle’s dealer to Beth one night when its just the two of them.

It could be possible as we know Jessie escapes at the end of Breaking Bad. And just because he arrived safely in Alaska in El Camino doesn’t mean he couldn’t make a return. Let’s not forget who else came back after being “disappeared”.

When you put all of this together it makes a pretty convincing case for how Breaking Bad could be the cause of the zompocalypse in The Walking Dead.

I was pretty convinced myself, but that’s when I remembered something.

In The Walking Dead, zombies – or even the concept of zombies – has never existed.

Robert Kirkman, creator of the comics from which T.V. show spawned, has addressed this before when talking about why the survivors call the undead “walkers”.

Kirkman once said:

“This isn’t a world the Romero movies exist, for instance… because we don’t want to portray it that way, we felt like having them be saying ‘zombie’ all the time would harken back to all of the zombie films which we, in the real world, know about.” The most important part is the “which we, in the real world, know about.”

This is implying that in the world of The Walking Dead zombie culture and mythology never existed.

In Breaking Bad, zombies do exist, in fiction.

Now think back to the scene in Episode 2 from Breaking Bad Season 4.

Jesse, Skinny Pete and Badger are at Jesse’s house super messed-up, and Skinny Pete and Badger are locked in an intense discussion about zombies.

Badger thinks that CoD: World at War‘s Nazi Zombies are the scariest zombies, Skinny Pete thinks the scariest zombies are Left 4 Dead‘s as “they clock a respectable 40”.

But as Badger says… “They’re not even zombies, they’re just infected […] They got like this rage virus – amps ’em up like they’ve been smoking the schwag” – you can see the scene below.

That’s right, zombies and infected. The same type of zombie culture that doesn’t exist in The Walking Dead.

So sadly Walter’s Blue Sky didn’t cause the end of the world in The Walking Dead.

The Multiverse Theory

However, if you’re familiar with Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, then you’re familiar with the Multiverse Theory.

This is a theory that there is an infinite amount of possible and alternate universes in existence.

A good example is this; according to the Multiverse Theory there’s an alternate universe where you’ve written this post and I’m sat reading it.

There’s also an alternate universe identical to this one where everybody is the color purple. You get the idea.

So according to the Multiverse Theory its possible that there’s an alternate reality within the Breaking Bad reality where all things zombie never existed and Walter White‘s blue sky did cause the events of The Walking Dead to happen.

Sorry to ruin an awesome theory for you but thanks for reading!

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5 Comments

  1. Hommosaurus September 10, 2020

    Walter blew that car into pieces. Now, meths could not do that, since if you remember that episode in which everybody was trapped in a lab that at the end the mad scientist made the whole building explode with some of Rick’s group that voluntarily stayed because they wanted to die. Acoording to his studies, it was not a chemical substance but a virus in the air. Everyone was contaminated.

    So don’t blame it on poor Walter and Jessie, will you?

  2. Nicholas DeShane September 20, 2017

    This was just confirmed to be true by amc. Their in the same universe. It’s obviously a retcon. Especially as I think the comics older than breaking bad. That & the comics wouldn’t have had the rights to do so anyway.

    1. Luke Ward September 20, 2017

      This isn’t completely accurate – the recent ‘hint’ in Fear was the Heisenberg song playing in the background, and the showrunner (Dave Erickson) stated that the moment he saw the music video to it in Breaking Bad, was the moment when he “fell deeply in love” with the show.

      He also says: “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 [Breaking Bad creator] Vince Gilligan”. – so from his own words, it’s nothing more than a gentle nod to Breaking Bad.

      Even if AMC did actually confirm the theory was true, the facts stated in this article would contradict the theory. If zombie culture never existed in TWD before the outbreak (as Robert Kirkman has stated himself) then they would also not exist in Breaking Bad.

  3. Heinsnberg August 5, 2017

    That’s a stupid logic you use here…walkers or zombie are the same
    thing…he just didn’t wanted the name zombie to be added that’s all.
    Even
    Netflix officially admited that Breaking Bad was a prequel…now the
    show will not confirm yet…I think they wait untill the end of the show
    to drop the bomb…imagine the mind blown when it will be officially
    confirmed!

  4. Natalia Soledad March 12, 2017

    @ you’re totally right but you forgot to mention the fact that the zombie apocalypse did happen because of a drug as we could see in fear the walking dead ep1