RIP: Walter ‘Heisenberg’ White

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While most “Breaking Bad” tourism sites are locations where the hit television show was filmed, some fans also created their own monument to their favorite fallen chemistry teacher on the outskirts of the character’s hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

29 May 2019 | Atlas Obscura 

A mock funeral for the fictional meth-cooking star of Breaking Bad, Walter White, aka “Heisenberg” (played by actor Bryan Cranston) was held on October 19, 2013, shortly after the conclusion of the show.

When the mourning procession placed a headstone at Albuquerque’s Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, however, the relatives of the actual dead buried in the cemetery started to complain.

Afterward, the grave was relocated to a strip mall where one of the fan funeral organizers owns a steakhouse.

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The headstone avoids any direct mentions of Heisenberg’s criminal activities, only describing him as a “Beloved Husband, Father, Teacher, and Entrepreneur.”

Another reference is found in the epitaph, which quotes from Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias, the title and theme of the AMC series’ antepenultimate episode.

Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.[4]

Know Before You Go

The grave is located outside Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse in the village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque about 7 miles from downtown Albuquerque.

6855 4th St NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States

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