Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will live on in the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The New York Post reports that a statue of the duo commissioned by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is being donated to the city where the show takes place. Sure, they were a couple of meth-cooking criminals, but I have a feeling that the characters played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul may have done something to boost tourism to Albuquerque.
The new Breaking Bad statue will be displayed inside the Albuquerque Convention Center after an unveiling ceremony on July 29th. Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul will all be there. I hope they pull up to the event in the RV/rolling meth lab. Other people associated with the iconic series are also expected to attend.
This isn’t the first time a television series has been honored in this way. In the early 2000s, the TV Land Landmarks campaign placed bronze statues of classic TV characters in locations linked to their respective shows. Other statues honor actors in their hometowns. You can see some examples below. There are two right here in North Carolina. One is in Raleigh, the other in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry), and both commemorate The Andy Griffith Show.