Walter White Wile E. Coyote

8 Reasons Walter White is Wile E. Coyote

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In the American Southwest, a hirsute genius uses science to pursue an impossible blue dream. Holy cats, Walter White is Wile E. Coyote.

I still have a lot of emotions from the finale, and this analysis is helping me work through them.

SPOILERS ABOUNDING FOR ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OF ALL TIME.

Seriously. Spoilers.

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Okay.

Here it is.

1) Likeness

The more wiley Walt gets, the hairier he becomes. The closer Wiley gets to catching Roadrunner, the more he looks and acts like Walt.

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2) Location

Breaking Bad takes place primarily in New Mexico. Wile E. Coyote’s turf is thought to be anywhere from Texas to Monument Valley.

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Note both series are fans of yellow-sky cinematography.

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3) Science

Walt is to chemistry what Wile E. is to physics.

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4) The Unattainable

A man’s reach must always exceed his grasp. It’s blue as the sky for a reason.

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5) Playing With Fire

Rapid escalation. externalized costs and impending doom–a metaphor for the Cold War and the Drug War.

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6) Futility

Some things can’t be stopped. Other things can’t be started.

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7) Regret

Tragedy is making a mistake. Horror is realizing it a moment too late.

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8) Defeat

It’s as inescapable as gravity.

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BONUS REASONS

Birth date

Wile E. Coyote first appeared on September 17, 1949.
Walter White was born September 7, 1959.

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Tenacity

You don’t have to like him, but you have to respect him.

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Rad creator facial hair

It keeps in the mystery.

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A-a-a-a-and spent.

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