Breaking Bad Cars and Characters Part 1: Origins

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the following symptoms can be signs of withdrawals: irritation, anxiety, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and insomnia. If you have experienced these symptoms at any time over the past few weeks, you may be suffering from withdrawals. No, we aren’t accusing you of using “the blue stuff”. You’re probably just like us here at Cumberland Chrysler in Cookeville, TN; feeling a bit lost and unsure what to do with your Sunday evenings now that Breaking Bad has come to closure. If you think you are having Breaking Bad withdrawals, here’s a small fix to get you through the rest of the day. We’ve compiled our best summary of the series’ main characters and how their vehicle-of-choice gives us more insight into their personalities and the show’s story line. (Spoilers for all seasons below)

Walter White – The series starts with Walt in full, boring high school chemistry teacher guise. Perhaps nothing shows Walt’s true character better than his horribly beige ’03 Pontiak Aztek, an SUV that has been named by many authorities as the worst vehicle ever made. It isn’t flashy and it doesn’t perform well. It doesn’t stand out. It may have at one time seemed like a cool, versatile means of transportation, but now it is just a humble vehicle that does its job. The one thing it does well is perhaps the only thing a car really needs to do. It transports people and things without much fuss. One of its factory alloy wheels has even been lost and replaced with an even more boring steel wheel. Walt hangs onto the Aztek far longer than most sane people would; perhaps he knows that it is the last shred of his old self that he has left.


1989 Jeep Grand WagoneerSkyler White –
Skyler’s ‘91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is probably one of the longest lived vehicles in the show, true to how the vehicle performs in real life; reliably. For Skyler, this vehicle represented the good ol’ days. Boxy styling and wood-grain panels are trademarks of early-nineties American metal while the rock-solid dependability of the Grand Wagoneer is a trademark of the life Skyler and Walt had built with each other before we meet them. She clings to this Jeep in hopes that the “American Dream” she and Walt had together could still somehow be realized.

2010 Chrysler PT CruiserWalter Jr. – When Walter Jr. turns sixteen, his parents agree that he should have something safe and reliable, a car that will be easy to operate for a young driver suffering from cerebral palsy and encumbered fine motor skills. The Chrysler PT Cruiser is the perfect car for Walter Jr., sensible, safe, and reliable. The only problem? Heisenberg has another idea of what his son should drive.

Jesse Pinkman – Jesse starts out in a car that is exactly what you would imagine a small-time drug dealer driving, an ’82 Chevrolet Monte Carlo complete with a ridiculous, flaking paint job, hydraulics, and “THE CAPN” vanity plates. This car is just like Jesse, a puffed up blowfish that looks more gangster than it really is.

Jeep CommanderHank Schrader – Hank Schrader is Walt’s DEA officer brother-in-law and he was born to do his job. His sense of right and wrong and his devotion to getting the job done are what defines him. Similar traits shine in the Jeep Commander and the Dodge Durango that he drives throughout the show. Both are tough, American machines that are both capable and reliable. It’s a shame Hank got himself killed, but he did what he had to do and he never pretended to be something he wasn’t.

Saul Goodman – Apologies in advance to any non-lawyers who drive a pearl white ‘97 DeVille but nothing says lawyer with questionable motives like a pearl white ‘97 Cadillac DeVille. Wouldn’t you know… that’s the exact vehicle of choice for the criminal lawyer known as Saul Goodman. His Caddy even comes complete with a tacky vanity plate!

Which was your favorite vehicle/character from the show? Are you fan of Gustavo Fring’s Volvos or do you like the RV that Walt and Jesse bought together? Tell us you opinion in the comments below and stay tuned for our next blog featuring more vehicles and characters from Breaking Bad.

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