Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston have addressed that Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead fan theory. The fan theory came up during the San Diego International Comic-Con 2018 reunion panel with creator Gilligan and cast to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Breaking Bad. While there was a plethora of questions from excited fans, this was certainly the most unique amongst them.
Commonly referred to as "The Breaking Dead Theory", the fan theory breaks down like this: Walter White, a.k.a. Heisenberg, is the father of the zombie apocalypse that plagues The Walking Dead. His blue meth has been theorized by fans to be the culprit, with anyone who has smoked too much of it eventually turning into a zombie. While the fan theory has been circulating for some time, the biggest indication for fans was the deliberate inclusion of "Negro y Azulejo: The Ballad of Heisenberg" in an episode of Fear the Walking Dead - a featured song from Breaking Bad. While there has been no solid confirmation by AMC, The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead, fans continue to speculate and keep a sharp eye out for any evidence that could further validate this theory.
Reported by Indiewire, at last night's SDCC reunion panel, both Gilligan and Cranston answered a fan's question regarding any possibility of truth to the theory. "I love that theory. That was a kick. They're two great shows, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead," Gilligan said. While he did praise both series, Gilligan neither confirmed nor denied the possibility. "Walt is dead, so he could be a zombie right now. Heisenberg zombie! My agents are out here, we should talk," Cranston enthusiastically added. This is sure to send fans searching future episodes of Fear and Walking Dead in hopes of catching Walter White in zombie fashion.
While the theory may seem far-fetched, there have been plenty of Easter eggs that have given it credibility. One of the biggest is from season 1 of The Walking Dead when Daryl pulls out a bag of blue meth. Other potential evidence from The Walking Dead cited to validate the theory includes a possible reference to Jesse Pinkman, the appearance of the car Walter White gave his son and The Governor referencing a man named "Heisnberg." If this isn't enough for you, there is even a video posted by Netflix to their YouTube page animating the theory. Even Netflix believes.
The night was not all zombies and meth with the Breaking Bad panel, which included Gilligan, Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris, RJ Mitte, Betsy Brandt and Giancarlo Esposito, answering a variety of fans' questions. While it was confirmed that Jesse Pinkman and Walter White would not be appearing in season 4 of Better Call Saul, fans learned Paul would like a prequel for Pinkman, his baby briefly on his lap dressed in a hazmat suit similar to one worn on the show. With all the fan theories and behind the scenes info revealed, fans will no doubt be looking forward to future reunions.