TV show Breaking Bad (2008)
Also appears in TV show Better Call Saul (2015)
Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry professor suffering from a serious illness, decides to manufacture methamphetamine to keep his family safe. With the help of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), a former student, he sets up his laboratory in an old camper that he parks in the desert.
To'hajiilee Desert
Desert To'Hajiilee by Joe Mabel. Wikimedia.

“You’re the smartest guy I ever met… but you’re too stupid to see… He made up his mind ten minutes ago.”

Hank Schrader (Dean Norris)

Alone in the desert

Wanting to find a secluded place to manufacture their methamphetamine out of sight, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) set up shop in the desert surrounding Albuquerque. Visible from the first episode, in which Walter White waits feverishly, gun at the point, without pants, in the middle of the road, the To’hajiilee Indian reservation was selected by the producers for practical reasons. Thus, the shooting of all the desert sequences, throughout the five seasons of Breaking Bad, took place exactly where they are supposed to take place in the script.

The Krystal Ship, a motor home as a character of its own

The camper is a big part of Breaking Bad. A real character in his own right. Nicknamed The Krystal Ship, it is a 1986 Fleetwood RV Bounder. And if this model has since been replaced by more modern ones, there are still several in circulation.

The Breaking Bad RV
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The Breaking Bad RV

First of all, drugs are wrong. But the Breaking Bad RV, that’s cool. The famous meth lab of the no less hallucinatory series may not hold many barrels, but still, it’s full of it.

Destroyed at the end of the series as required by the script, Heisenberg’s camper was not actually demolished. It is located in the AMC studios at Sony Pictures. Untouched, with bullet holes in the door and all traces of wear and tear, it makes occasional tours for the pleasure of the fans. It was also used for a brief scene in the final season of Better Call Saul, when Walter White and Jesse Pinkman return in a flashback.

The teams of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould returned to this Indian reservation to shoot part of the eighth episode of the fifth season of Better Call Saul.


A single camper was used for all the outdoor scenes over the five seasons. Another one was nevertheless used in studio for some interior scenes.

Breaking Bad Desert
Desert in Breaking Bad. All rights reserved: AMC.
Heisenberg in the desert. All rights reserved: AMC.

Canoncito Indian Reservation

Located west of the city of Albuquerque, this Navajo Indian reservation is one of the best known in the western United States.

With an area of ​​almost 315 m2, this Navajo reservation represents approximately 0.5% of the entire Navajo nation. Mentioned by Tony Hillerman in his novel The Ghostway, it is mainly popular for hosting the majority of the desert scenes in the Breaking Bad series and a sequence supposed to take place on the Mexican border in Better Call Saul.

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Royal Bobbles Breaking Bad Gus Fring Face Off Bobblehead

Royal Bobbles Breaking Bad Gus Fring Face Off Bobblehead

Complete your collection with this figurine of the great Gustavo Fring at the time of his death in Breaking Bad. The figurine has a unique serial number to prove its authenticity.

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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