Walter White loves the infamous one-eyed pink teddy bear in breaking Bad fan art inspired by Despicable Me. Viewers of AMC’s acclaimed drama about a chemistry teacher’s transformation into a drug kingpin first caught a glimpse of the series’ symbolic pink teddy bear in a flash-forward ahead of the first episode of the season 2. The bear’s full meaning will later be revealed in breaking Bad shocking season 2 finale.
Fans didn’t realize it at the time, but the titles of the four episodes featuring the pink teddy bear actually spelled the single phrase “Seven Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ”. In retrospect, we realized that this clever title trick – and indeed the repeated appearances of the floating, charred teddy bear throughout Season 2 – foreshadowed one of breaking BadThe most heartbreaking and traumatic moments of: the mid-air collision of two planes over Albuquerque that rained debris – including the pink teddy bear – on the homes of Walter White and others . Of course, White himself was indirectly responsible for the plane crash, as his failure to save Jesse’s girlfriend Jane from choking to death led to his father, air traffic controller Donald, being distracted. the day of the accident. White would later symbolically bear his guilt over this event in the form of a glass eyeball, the only remnant of the teddy bear after it was taken away by police as evidence.
In effect breaking BadThe pink teddy bear is loaded with a dark and symbolic meaning. But fan artist Zascanauta decided to lighten things up a bit by creating an image in which Walter White incongruously kisses the mutilated bear and symbol of his lost innocence with the joy of a child, especially the unicorn-loving little girl Agnes plush, from the animated film Despicable Me. See the resulting composite image in space below:
The “It’s so fluffy” reference in the image above is of course from a scene from the 2010s Despicable Me where the movie villain Gru wins a stuffed unicorn for young Agnes at a carnival. Replacement of Agnes by Walter White and the teddy unicorn by the pink teddy bear of breaking Bad obviously puts an ominous twist on what is otherwise a cute scene. At the same time, there is something extra-appropriate to mix Despicable Me with breaking Badbecause their stories somehow mirror each other. Despicable Me is of course about a bad guy who becomes good, while breaking Bad is about a good guy turning evil.
Perhaps if Walter White had truly embraced the symbolic meaning of the pink teddy bear in his pool, he would have saved himself and others a lot of heartache. Unfortunately, the guilt Walt felt over the plane crash he indirectly caused didn’t force him to change his bad ways. Unlike Gru’s Despicable MeWhite did not receive a happy ending, although he did at least get a measure of redemption in the breaking Bad The series finale.
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