Are 'The Walking Dead' and 'Breaking Bad' Set in the Same Universe? Check out the Evidence

Are 'The Walking Dead' and 'Breaking Bad' Set in the Same Universe? Check out the Evidence

The theory that The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad are set in the same universe is one of the longest and weirdest fan musings out there. There are variations of the theory out there that Walter White's special blue meth even created the zombie apocalypse. In a recent episode of Fear the Walking Dead, that theory was seemingly made fact ... at least depending how far you want to take an Easter Egg.

The evidence, if you want to call it that, can be found in episode 10 of Fear the Walking Dead season 3, "The Diviner." As Madison and Taqa enter the market, the distinct sound of Breaking Bad's fictional song "Negro y Azul" can be heard playing in the background. Breaking Bad fans will recognize the name of the song as the Mexican folklore tune that popped up in the show's second season about Walter White's "alter-ego" Heisenberg.

That would probably be enough for most fans to run wild, but there is more to it. In an interview with Digital Spy, Fear the Walking Dead's showrunner Dave Erickson talked about the moment. It was his intention to connect the two shows if not not outright confirm the fan theory. 

"I tried to be subtle with it," he explained. "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 [ Breaking Bad creator] Vince Gilligan."

It's easy to take it as just a homage. Yet Erickson's statement that they wanted to incorporate pieces of Breaking Bad into Fear the Walking Dead suggests, at the very least, that they want to play with fans' theories.

As silly as it might sound, there is some evidence besides the musical cameo. When villain Gus Fring died on Breaking Bad, he did walk out of the room (with his face blown off) which could suggest he was the "first zombie." This was due to Gus' exposure to the Walt's blue meth, which is evidently the cause of the zombism (according to the theory.)

The Walking Dead has also referenced, very subtly, Breaking Bad before this moment in Fear the Walking Dead. In season 4, Daryl said that his brother Merle had a drug dealer who was "this janky little white guy" which could refer to Jesse Pinkman or any of his friends. 

It works the other way as well with Breaking Bad possibly referencing The Walking Dead. In Breaking Bad, Walt buys and later blows up a red Dodge with racing stripes. This car came from a car lot where a character named Glenn worked. A red Dodge later pops up in the second ever episode of The Walking Dead with Steven Yeun's character, also named Glenn, driving it. 

All of these bits of evidence can be recapped in a video that Netflix put out detailing the connections, embedded below.

It's a long shot but it's not the weirdest connected show theory. Thanks to St. Elsewhere's series finale where the entire show was revealed to take place in autistic child Tommy Westphall's snow globe, hundreds of shows are reportedly within that same universe. The Tommy Westphall Theory sees nearly every TV show ever connected in some way, including The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad

Do you buy the theory though? Could Breaking Bad and Walking Dead be connected in some way? Would you ever want it to be confirmed?

Fear the Walking Dead season 3 airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

(Images courtesy of AMC, videos courtesy of YouTube and Netflix)


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