Fear the Walking Dead ties to Breaking Bad

The Fab Four

The Fab Four

There are a few references to Breaking Bad on The Walking Dead. I once thought of them as simply homages, but I’m now more convinced that those references exist because Breaking Bad is the pre-apocalypse world of The Walking Dead.

 

The Evidence

In the second episode of Season 2 of The Walking Dead, T-Dog grabs some meds out of a bag that Merle, the former drug dealer, has on him. What’s at the bottom of that bag? Hmmm. Looks like Blue Sky to me.

Always separate your drugs.

Always separate your drugs.

Then in episode 2 of Season 1 Glenn rolls up in a Dodge Challenger that very much resembles the Challenger Walt bought his son in Breaking Bad.

Double the fun.

Double the fun.

Not only that, in episode 7 of Season 4 of Breaking Bad, the general manager of the car dealership who Walt has to return the car to is named Glenn. Could Glenn be from New Mexico?

No refund on the clearcoat.

No refund on the clearcoat.

And in episode 12 of Season 4 of The Walking Dead, Daryl tells Beth about the guy Merle got his drugs from. Sounds a lot like Jesse Pinkman.

Yeah, bitch! I mean, Beth!

Yeah, bitch! I mean, Beth!

Which brings us to Fear the Walking Dead. It seems like this Walking Dead prequel could sync up with the timeline of the end of Breaking Bad, or happen right after it. Our darling drug addict, Nick, wakes up in an abandoned church drug den after his heroin nod-off, to find his girlfriend/friend Gloria gnawing some guys face off. He bolts out of the church and gets hit by a car. Cut to Nick strapped down to a gurney in the hospital. Psych ward has been called to come evaluate him after his yammering on about flesh eating people and piles of dead bodies. Nick ain’t having that, so he plans an escape. Can’t escape in a hospital gown. Might be noticeable. So Nick grabs his elderly roommate’s hospital bag of clothes and throws them on. And what fashion statement is he making?

Geezer Chic.

Geezer Chic.

That looks oddly familiar…

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Oh hey! Walt and Nick are wearing the same outfit! How embarrassing.

You know that can’t be a coincidence. So what does that represent? What does it foreshadow? Nick’s family is hellbent on getting out to the desert to get away from Los Zombeles and maybe that desert is ultimately in New Mexico. We don’t know where Jesse was heading, maybe they all run into each other. Blue Sky went world-wide and was poorly imitated by many. What if a bad batch started a contamination that’s now causing everyone to turn? The Mexican couple who run the barber shop Nick’s step dad, Travis, seeks refuge in are from Mexico. Maybe there’s a relation/connection to the men Walt and Jesse dealt with in Mexico, or to Gus and Los Hermanos. This stunning beige and yellow ensemble is our first clue to the continuation of a Walking Dead/Breaking Bad connection. It’s going to be interesting to comb each episode for possible connections. Like I did last night!

In last nights episode “Not Fade Away”, Travis speaks with a solider hitting golf balls on the other side of the fence. When he walks away we see “Rev 21:4” written in tissue paper in the chain link fence.

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Bible verses are a frequent occurrence in The Walking Dead and a sign of things to come. What does Revelations 21:4 say?

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Yep. Sounds about right. Ain’t nothin’ gonna be the same after this. And when Madison sneaks out of the safe zone we see this verse written out on cardboard on a memorial/missing fence.

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And what is that tied on the fence right above this sign?

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Would that be a pink bear? Not unlike the pink bear mascot of Breaking Bad? Oh, I think it is.

 

And Lt. Moyers, the soldier hitting the golf balls on the edge of the safe zone?

The one who called Travis “Mr. Mayor”? Looked a lot like a similar scene from The Walking Dead with…The Governor hitting golf balls off the edge of the safe zone.

 

He’s obviously our new villain. Does calling Travis “Mr. Mayor” foreshadow his fate as a future bad guy?

 

The episode opens with Nick floating in the pool, which I see as another Breaking Bad reference. I’m gonna keep my eye on that pool.

Skimmers be damned.

Skimmers be damned.

I’ll be revisiting previous episodes for more links and hints. Join me every Monday for my full report.

Niki is a comedian who’d love to watch Daryl Dixon, Rick Grimes, and Chris Hardwick mud wrestle. Give her a follow on Twitter. She’ll be in her bunk.