Twenty years ago, the city of Albuquerque would never dream of two bronze statues depicting the largest meth manufacturers in the country arriving in their town. However, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will soon be immortalized in the New Mexico city following a donation. Of course, these are the characters from Breaking Bad, famously played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Sculptor Trevor Grove commissioned the statues in 2019 by series creator Vince Gilligan. Now, he’s donating the bronze sculptures to the city alongside Sony Pictures Television. IGN shared the statement made by Gilligan regarding the donation:
“Over the course of fifteen years, two TV shows and one movie, Albuquerque has been wonderful to us. I wanted to return the favor and give something back. These larger-than-life bronzes of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman exist thanks to the generosity of Sony Pictures Television and the artistry of sculptor Trevor Grove, and I love them. It makes me happy to picture them gracing The Duke City for decades to come, attracting busloads of tourists.”
And attracting tourists is precisely what the Breaking Bad universe has done for the past decade. This has been great for the city of Albuquerque, even if the real-life owner of Walter White’s house gets far too many trespassers. The statues will be displayed inside the Albuquerque Convention Center after being revealed on July 29th. Attendees will include Mayor Keller, Gilligan, executive producer, and Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould, and of course, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
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Fans of the series are sure to flock to the city to get a picture with their favorite drug kingpins, who will forever live in the heart of Albuquerque.
Saul Goodman Needs an Invitation to the Party
Breaking Bad isn’t the only iconic series set in Albuquerque. In 2015, the spinoff of the initial show, titled Better Call Saul, arrived to the excitement and skepticism of fans. Audiences wondered how you could compete with a series like Breaking Bad, which won sixteen Emmys during its five-season run.
However, Better Call Saul hasn’t allowed for a single drop in quality, remaining consistently excellent through each season, which is currently airing a sixth and final outing. Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, has been outstanding in the role, which he’s now played for the last 13 years. It won’t be surprising if Vince Gilligan pushes for a third statue to reside in the Albuquerque Convention Center, considering the time Odenkirk has put into the role and the success that came with it.
Better Call Saul just began the second half of the final season, which you can watch on AMC every Monday night. However, if you still need to catch up on the series, the first five seasons are available to stream right now on Netflix.