Everyone loves a good crossover. Even more than that, we love the idea of tie-ins and spin-offs. The success of film franchises such as the Avengers proves that fact. So does the success of the Breaking Bad’s spin-off, Better Call Saul on AMC. The Walking Dead has begun to build its own universe in the last few years with the addition of Fear the Walking Dead.
The universe may run a bit deeper than it may seem at face value. For a long time it has been a fan-favorite theory the Breaking Bad is a prequel to The Walking Dead. The theory isn’t entirely baseless either. In fact, there are a few hints in both shows that seem to prove the theory.
Breaking Bad in The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead has dropped several hints that it takes place in the same world as Breaking Bad. These hints have been there since the beginning of the show. The first Breaking Bad reference we see is with the late, great Merle. The notable junkie and brother of Daryl has his stash raided to find meds for T-Dog. In the bag is a pretty prominent display of Walter White’s famous product. Blue Sky Meth.
Later in the series, we even see a reference to a character from Breaking Bad. Daryl is telling a story about his brother, Merle. In the story, he references Merle’s dealer as a “janky little white guy.” This is a pretty solid description of Jesse. The dealer in Daryl’s story even has the same speech pattern as Jesse.
Fear the Walking Dead Includes Its Own Reference.
The reference falls into place during the second half of Season 3. As Madison makes her way into the bazaar we hear a rather specific song. The name of that song is “Negro y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg” a reference to Walter White’s secret identity of Heisenberg. The song is also used in a cold open for an episode of Breaking Bad.
This reference was no accident. It has been confirmed by the former showrunner of Fear, Dave Erickson. When asked about the inclusion of the song, he stated
“That’s absolutely right, I tried to be subtle with it.”
It is always a fun time when a fan theory is proven to be correct. Hopefully, we will see more references like this in the coming season. Fear the Walking Dead will return for Season 4 sometime in 2018.