‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Urges Fans to Stop Throwing Pizzas on Walter White’s Roof

The woman who lives in the house used as Walter White’s residence on “Breaking Bad” is not happy.

To be more specific, she’s not happy because fans of the show keep throwing pizzas on her roof, inspired by White’s famous pizza toss in the season three episode “Caballo Sin Nombre.”

“Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” showrunner Vince Gilligan asked fans to stop the pie-slinging in the latest episode of the “Better Call Saul Insider Podcast.”

Gilligan said the woman and her husband who live in White’s residence in Albuquerque are used to fans coming to take pictures, and are fine with it within reason. But the notoriously obsessive “Breaking Bad” fans have gone overboard.

“There is nothing original, or funny, or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady’s roof,” Gilligan said. “It’s been done before —  you’re not the first.”

“Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” actor Jonathan Banks added, “And if I catch you doing it, I will hunt you down.”

This is not the first time “Breaking Bad” fans have made headlines. In 2013, a group of fans took out an obituary for Walter White in the Albuquerque Journal to mourn the loss of the fictional character played by Bryan Cranston.

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  1. Jason M says:

    Well, I’m a sensitive and thoughtful guy who’s also a die hard Breaking Bad fan, so I thought I’d toss in my two cents.

    First off, I wouldn’t feel at all comfortable taking photos of myself in front of her house *without* saying hello and introducing myself, I’d present her with a small gift as a token of my appreciation. And I’d probably buy her pizza, too, since everyone loves pizza and it’s a famous scene. I’d never dream of being so disrespectful as to litter her property, unless she knew I was role-playing Walt’s character and she was okay with it.

    I’ve read that the real-life owner to know she is a very nice lady, and that she’s not only tolerated, but welcomed devoted fans who visit the “White residence” provided they are respectful and understand the house is her private property in real life.

    Unfortunately, she may not realize that some of her recent statements regarding her fans (calling them names, threatening to call the police, etc.) will probably only worsen the situation for herself. Because the more defensive and mistrustful she becomes, the more like Skyler she becomes! But she needs to set real-world boundaries for herself, and not come across as Skyler all the time, otherwise misunderstandings with fans are bound to happen.

    I know if I were ever were to visit, the first thing I would do would be to walk right up and knock at her door, presenting her with a delicious pizza and a friendly smile. I would hope she would be able to accept my gift graciously, or decline politely. This would be followed by some brief chit-chat, and by my expressing my gratitude for her loaning the exterior of her house to the Breaking Bad series. Littering or otherwise behaving in a disrespectful manner would be the last thing on my mind.

    However, if her first reaction when she opens the door is to immediately regard me as suspicious, I would have to conclude she’s such a nice lady that she’s really going the extra mile for her fans, and completely assumes the character of Skyler for the interaction, and implicitly invites hardcore fans to assume the the role of Walter White in response. Many of us really enjoy immersing ourselves in Walt’s character, which we can only fully do after we realize the owner has totally immersed herself in Skyler’s character. Expect to see lots more pizza thrown onto the roof as long as fans continue to engage in this roleplay.

    So at the end of the day the owner needs to accept greater responsibility for the impression she gives fans. She should reflect on whether a “nice lady” really aught to display such a degree of mistrust and negativity towards fans she hardly knows.

  2. Breaking Bad says:

    Jesus.. You could’ve at least indicated the spoiler in the last paragraph at the beginning of this article.

  3. pcf11 says:

    If they restyled the house I am sure the activity of pizza throwing would lose its appeal with many obsessive fans. The house wouldn’t look right then, and it would break the compulsive behavior. Or perhaps install a net in front of the target roof? A simple no trespassing sign might even do the trick.

  4. Giovanni Horvath says:

    I wouldnt care, I would continue to throw those pizzas.

  5. Stephanie Scott says:

    I love the show, and I get fan devotion, I really do. I went to the Goonies house and … just stood there Yup. That’s the house from the movie. Somebody lives there now.

    There are many better uses for time. And people wonder how anyone has time to read books. Let alone write them.

  6. rmarcus8 says:

    Okay, so here’s an idea. The couple who own the house get mock pizzas; size, weight, circumference of a real one and charge 10.00 to toss it up on the roof . The price will come with one photo of the pizza on the roof if they get it to land up there. (Yeah, a device would have to be installed to flip the pizzas back off th roof but hey, it can be done) Other Angles To Play: Make a deal with a local pizza company to paint a target on the roof . The pizza company would pay a monthly fee to the couple. People who toss pizzas can get discounts depending on which ring the mock pizza lands. Use it as a fund raising event for local charities. Then write it off on their taxes. Anybody else with additional “angles” have at it!

    • CNU says:

      Or maybe instead, some idiots could just grow up and find something less juvenile and obssessive to do with their time.

    • Ted Faraone says:

      $25. One has to consider the opportunity cost of dealing with the pizza throwers. :)

      • rmarcus8 says:

        Yeah, I think you’re correct $25.00 is the price point. Taking to heart what CNU said : if people need to throw a pizza on a fictional character’s roof then they’ll be willing to spend $25.00 to do it. Perhaps they could make it into a traveling attraction – You know, build a mock garage and set it up at Comic Con and Star Trek conventions.

  7. Ted Faraone says:

    Some people just need to get a life.

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