Fan theories are all the rage nowadays. With so much great TV programming out there, and audiences letting their fandom flag fly, there seem to always be a new crazypants theory that is breaking the internet. The latest of these revolves around two of AMC's biggest shows: The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. While these fantastic TV dramas are vastly different from one another, a recent theory suggests that they might actually be connected in a major way. Namely, that Walter White's blue meth somehow contributed to the zombie apocalypse that would destroy the world a we know it. It's a crazy theory, so buckle up and watch the below video for the various explanations.
Is your head spinning yet? Let's break down the various aspects of this theory (via Netflix's video), especially the points that actually make sense.
The first point is actually pretty valid. In The Walking Dead's second episode we see the early form of Daryl (Daryl 1.0) with his brother Merle's stash of drugs. Among the various pill boxes in the stash, there is a bag of blue meth. Even the most casual Breaking Bad fan will know that this is Walter White's signature product: meth so immaculately cooked that it turns a shade of blue. When The Walking Dead premiered back in 2010, Breaking Bad was already in the midst of its third season, so the inclusion of blue meth couldn't be an accident. In fact, Merle's drug habits contribute to another point regarding this fan theory.
Back in Season 4 of The Walking Dead, we had the Daryl/Beth capsule episode "Still". When Daryl finally opened up to Beth about his life pre-apocalypse, he told her about Merle's drug dealer. He is described as a "janky little white guy" who told Daryl and Merle, "I'm gonna kill you, bitch". Breaking Bad fans will know that bitch is Jesse Pinkmans' favorite curse word, and the physical description actually sounds a lot like Jesse. This fact, combined with the blue meth we saw in Season 1, really points to Jesse being Merle's dealer back in the day.
Of course, there are counter arguments to each of these points. Most importantly, the setting of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead are quite a distance away from each other. In order for Merle to procure blue meth from Jesse, he would have had to take the day long drive from Atlanta to Albuquerque. Heisenberg's drugs were great, but that seems like some serious dedication for a high. But while it seemed that Jesse and Walter's operation was based firmly in New Mexico, maybe Gus Fring's Los Pollos Hermanos chain had a few locations over in Atlanta.
What do you think of the theory? Are you someone who is obsessed with crossovers, or should we let AMC's exist independent from each other? Sound off in the comments below.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.
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