I haven't watched the show because I don't watch violent TV/movies and Walt's life turns dark. But Jim wanted to see some of the locations that play a big role in "Breaking Bad," so yesterday we took a self-guided tour. (There is a guided tour but it's $65 a person and sold out until mid May).
It turned out to be a good way to explore Albuquerque and Jim had fun seeing the locations and explaining plot lines to me. At one stop we met crew members restoring a film location to its original condition; at another we saw someone else snapping photos.
Jim wrote all the photo captions below, some of which still don't make sense to me. But if you like "Breaking Bad" keep reading. Jim promises there are no spoilers.
|We started the Breaking Bad tour at the car wash Walt and Skylar bought to launder profits from Walt’s meth business. Don’t remember if it was called Octopus in the show.|
|Jim in the parking lot next to the car wash. They seemed to be doing a pretty good business.|
|This house was used on the show as Hank and Marie’s home. Hank is a DEA agent and Walt’s brother in law. (Marie is Skylar’s sister.)|
|Jim and the driver. Note his Breaking Bad baseball cap. He told us that the owner of the house was a retired woman who enjoyed fans of the show stopping by and taking pictures.|
|This is the duplex Jesse rented from Jane. She lived in the one on the right and Jesse in the one on the left. It’s a few blocks away from the U of NM.|
|Jim and Cooper in front of the house that Jesse’s aunt left him. In the show the motorhome/drug lab was often parked next to the house behind a metal gate. Looks like someone built a garage there.|
|The outside of the restaurant should look familiar to fans of the show. Hank (the DEA agent and Walt’s brother in law) put a tracking device on Gus’s car in this parking lot. Scenes were filmed inside and outside the restaurant.|