Originally, Breaking Bad was supposed to be shot in California. Watching it now, the drama seems inextricable from it's Albuquerque setting. Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White, talked to one radio station about the Breaking Bad filming location:
“Albuquerque itself has become a character in our show. A really important character in our show. It gave it a justifiable location. A sound, solid place that not many people have related to. They’ve seen Los Angeles, they’ve seen New York, but they haven’t really seen Albuquerque and New Mexico.”
While I wouldn't advise driving a dilapidated RV miles and miles out into the desert, there are a few real Breaking Bad filming locations you can visit without risking death by dehydration or exposure. Check them out below.
1. Walter White's House
Walt's house is actually the owned by a woman named Fran, who's been the owner since 1974. When Vince Gilligan knocked on her door and asked if she wanted her house to be featured in a TV pilot, she thought he was full of it.
Here, check out this interview from ETC News with Fran herself, right in front of her/Walt's house:
While Fran might not mind people stopping by to take a picture of the exterior, apparently there have been more than a few enthusiastic fans that decided to pay homage to their favorite series by chucking pizzas on the roof. Vince Gilligan has a message for anyone planning to fling food on the roof:
"The lady who lives in that house – she and her husband – are the two nicest people in the world and they deserve to be treated well. There is nothing funny or original or cool about throwing pizza on this woman’s roof. It's so uncool: please stop."
2. Jesse's House
You would think that realtors would have a hard time moving a house that was once owned by a meth dealer that threw week-long ravers full of randos, but Breaking Bad seems to have had the opposite effect on 322 16th Street Southwest, Albuquerque. The house that played Jesse Pinkman's house on screen was listed for a cool $1.6 million as of July 2015. The website breakingbadhouse.com sprung up to try and move the property, but it has since gone inactive.
You can see the outside house on a number of Albuquerque Breaking Bad tours.
3. Twisters, a.k.a. Los Pollos Hermanos
Pollos Hermanos, Gus Fring's money laundering business, is not actually called Pollos Hermanos, and it's not actually for money laundering (probably). It's really called Twisters, and you can find it at 4257 Isleta Blvd in Albuquerque.
The restaurant specializes more in Mexican food than in chicken and meth. According to owern Jose La Rivera, the show has brought in about a 10% boost in profits. Rivera told Metro UK:
"People kept coming in and saying “You’re the new Gus! You’re the new Gus!” and I had no idea what they were talking about. But I’m as hooked as anyone now, it’s a really great show."
There are a number of tours you can take of Breaking Bad filming locations, if ever you're in the Albuquerque area. Just visit the 'Visit Albuquerque' link below.