The Colombian drama is an episode-by-episode remake of the AMC series, and it aired five days a week last year on Univision and sister networks to general praise.
While it’s quite a faithful adaptation, the series contains a few differences. Bogota substitutes for Albuquerque. Instead of cooking in an RV with Jesse Pinkman, Walter cooks in a school bus with Jose Miguel Rosas. Saul Bueno (Saul Goodman in the original) hosts a legal talk show.
Take a look at shots of Breaking Bad and Metastasis side by side, and judge for yourself.
How do you know this is truly a Breaking Bad remake? Look no further than a frustrated man in whitey tighties. One stands outside an RV, the other outside a school bus. But the sentiment is the same.
Neither Jesse nor Jose listen to Walt’s specifications about dissolving a body. Hint: You can’t do it in a bathtub without some major consequences.
Walter White makes the heartbreaking choice to kill Krazy 8. The decision is just as disturbing to Walter Blanco.
White and Blanco take pride in blowing up the car of a rude, entitled man who had annoyed them twice during the episode.
Both Walter White and Walter Blanco give their wealthy friends (Eliot in the original, Edgar in the remake) a packet of ramen — a reminder of the months they lived off of it in grad school.
Walter got the best of Tuco by using some creative chemistry and creating mercury fulminate, not meth — to explosive results. Side note: The remake version of Tuco screams “f—k me!” rather than “tight, tight, tight!” after taking a hit of meth for the first time.
After beating a man to death, the remake version of Tuco refers to himself as a “champion.”
Walter shares an amorous moment with his wife (Skyler in the original, Cielo Blanco in the remake) after being traumatized by witnessing Tuco’s brutality.
Hank Schrader/Henry Navarro put down Tuco during a bloody shootout.
No matter the country, stripping in a store is frowned upon. Even if you say you’re in a fugue state.
Walt and Jesse/Jose have the first of several physical confrontations during the series after Jesse/Jose parked their meth-cooking vehicle on Walter’s street.
“What the hell is wrong with you? I’m really asking,” says Walter White. Walter Blanco puts it this way: “What is going through your mind?”
In the original, Jesse meets the love of his life, Jane, who manages an apartment owned by her father. In the remake, she’s named Juana.
Jesse/Jose comfort the son of two meth heads by playing a game of peekaboo on the porch as the cops head that way. Inside, the boy’s old man is dead, his head crushed by an ATM.
Tortuga’s head ends up on a tortoiseshell — causing Hank/Henry to retch in both versions of the show.
No matter the language, Saul Goodman/Saul Bueno loves being on TV — with the character being introduced via his TV presence in both series. In Breaking Bad, Saul has cheesy TV commercials, while in the remake, Saul has his own late night call-in show.
After their vehicle breaks down, the two men are stranded in the desert — without water. And it’s largely Jesse/Jose’s fault, as he dumped water on the remaining generator. Luckily, Walter uses science to get their vehicle going again.
Walt runs into a potential rival at the hardware store. He confronts the man’s boss in the parking lot, holding his ground. After sizing the guy up, he says menacingly, “Stay out of my territory.”
Gustavo Fring became Gustavo Cortes for the remake, and both are introduced as unassuming managers of Los Pollos Hermanos when first meeting Walter.
Walter lost his soul when he allowed Jane/Juana to choke on her own vomit and die.
Mike Ehrmantraut becomes Mario Rojas for the remake, making his first appearance to help clean up after the death of Juana.
The psychotic cousins make an explosive entrance into the U.S. in Breaking Bad, blowing up the truck they were smuggled in after killing everyone. In Metastasis, the Mexican brothers entered Colombia legally — but they do murder their taxi driver.
One of the most iconic scenes in Breaking Bad history saw Walter fling a pizza onto the roof of the White residence. Bryan Cranston famously did it in one take. The remake fell short with its own pizza scene, not even showing Walter successfully get it onto the roof. (A second shot revealed the pizza to be on the roof.)
The meeting between Gustavo and the cartel men takes place outside of town in Breaking Bad. In the remake, it goes down at Gustavo’s restaurant. Either way, the results were the same: The cousins want Walter’s blood to avenge Tuco.
Skyler/Cielo got up close and personal with their bosses Ted Beneke/Ernesto Silva.
No matter the country, Walt loves seeing his new superlab for the first time. It’s like Christmas.
Both Gale Boetticher and Guido Bermudez make a mean cup of coffee in order to ingratiate themselves with Mr. White/Blanco at their first meetings.
In arguably the most pulse-pounding scene in the series, Hank/Henry is given a one-minute warning to avoid being assassinated by the cousins.
The surviving cousin hates Walter so much that he attempted to crawl to him, despite recently having his legs amputated.
Some things just don’t change, like Saul loving a good mani-pedi.
You know what else doesn’t change? Walter hating flies in his clean lab.
Walt and Gustavo share a meal to talk man-to-man, with the handoff of the knife a tense moment.
In Breaking Bad, Walt tells Jesse “run” after running over some gangbangers and shooting one, execution style. Walter Blanco says, “get lost!” Still badass.
Neither Gale nor Guido quite understood why they are being murdered after being caught up in the chess match between Walter and Gustavo.
Gustavo knows how to use a box cutter for something other than its intended use.
Mike/Mario beat the crap out of Walter when he suggests turning on Gustavo.
Both Marie and Maria have a thing for stealing spoons — and they are both confronted for it.
In what later would become among the most important scenes in the series, Hank/Henry show Walter White/Walter Blanco Gale/Guido’s notebook.
Mike and Mario begin taking their young charge out on jobs because Gustavo wants to separate him from Walter.
The Spanish-language version kept the show’s iconic “I am the one who knocks” speech pretty much intact.
Here’s the translation of the remake speech: “Someone knocks the door. A guy opens that door, and gets shot. Which one do you think is me? I am the one who knocks. I am not in danger. I am the danger!”
Here’s Walter White’s version: “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!”
Both Walters blew up their cars, because why not? He’s making millions of dollars a year.
Years ago, Gustavo’s partner was brutally murdered before his eyes. In Breaking Bad, it happened at the very same pool he’d later get his revenge. In the remake, it happened on the shore of a river.
Gustavo’s men come under attack from a cartel sniper, but he makes the ballsy move to step out into the fire, gambling that the sniper was under orders not to harm him. He is right.
Gustavo got his revenge on Don Eladio, the man who killed his partner, by presenting him with a poison drink — going as far as to drink it himself to trick Eladio into trusting him.
After Walter decides to use his money to give himself and his family knew identities, he learns his wife has given the money to her lover/boss. Hysterical laughter ensues.
Jesse/Jose believe Walter has poisoned his girlfriend Andrea’s young son (he’s correct!) — and comes to exact vengeance. Walter talks his partner out of killing him, and turns him against Gustavo.
Gustavo learns the hard way that Walter has outplayed him in a very long game of chess. Face/Off, indeed.
Walter needed a way to erase evidence from the police compound, and magnets came to the rescue. While Jesse famously screams “Yeah bitch. Magnets,” Jose yelled “I love magnets!”
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle became Lidia Barrerafor the remake. Yes, she still likes Stevia.
In Breaking Bad, the boys cook in houses tented for fumigation. In the remake, they cook in houses earmarked for demolition. Either way, no one wants to go inside.
The Blanco family didn’t have a pool like the White family, so Cielo has to settle for going face down in a small aquatic area in their backyard when she has a nervous breakdown.
For episode 51, we are looking at three photos, each too good to pass up. First, note that the gang ditched their train heist in favor of a truck heist. Next, note that though nobody thought it was possible, the Spanish-language remake upped the cuteness factor on the poor boy who ended up being at the wrong end of Todd (Jesse Plemons)/Peto’s (Jorge Soto) gun.
The most awkward dinner ever isn’t any less awkward in Spanish. Jesse compliments Mrs. White on the green beans, while Jose speaks highly of the salad.
Mike and Mario’s last words are essentially same: “Shut the f— up and let me die in peace.”
Hank finds a damning inscription in a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, while Henry discovers the evidence in a complete collection of William Blake‘s poems.
Here’s the flashback conversation between Henry and Walter Blanco: “W.B.? Who is he W.B. Wilson Borja? Wilberto Buitrago? Do you understand? Walter Blanco?”
Wilson Borja is a Colombian politician. As for Wilberto Buitrago? Not even the power of Google could reveal that. If you know, let us know in the comments.
And Here’s the flashback conversation between Hank and Walt: “Who do you figure that is? Woodrow Wilson? Willy Wonka? Walter White?”
The cat is out of the bag and the men have a confrontation in Henry/Hank’s garage. Much of the dialogue is intact in the Spanish-language version, including the famous line from Walter, “Tread lightly.”
There’s something about channeling Scroodge McDuck that transcends cultures.
The tense family dinner doesn’t take place in a Mexican restaurant in the remake, and it doesn’t feature any famous table side guac. But its waiter still managed to annoy the two warring couples.
Walt’s former partner taunts him on the phone about hitting him where it will really hurt. That turns out to be Walter’s money.
Hank/Henry finally get their man … though the celebration is short-lived when Walter’s reinforcements show up, guns blazing.
Note: From here on out, there will be multiple stills per episode, with episode 60 (Breaking Bad‘s famous “Ozymandias“) getting the closest look, as it’s considered the finest in the series.)
Episode 60 (1/8)
Gomez has died and things look very bad for Hank/Henry.
Episode 60 (2/8)
Hank/Henry refuses to back down.
Hank’s line: “My name is ASAC Schrader and you can go f— yourself.”
Henry’s line in the remake: “I’m special agent Henry Navarro, and you know what I think? That you can go f— yourself!
Episode 60 (3/8)
Walter falls to the ground in sorrow after his brother-in-law dies.
Episode 60 (4/8)
Walter pushes his barrel of money after the gang steals the rest.
Episode 60 (5/8)
Jesse/Jose adjust to their new lives as meth-cooking slaves.
Episode 60 (6/8)
Walter alienates his family, with Junior going as far as calling the police after his dad attacks his mother.
Episode 60 (7/8)
Skyler/Cielo scream in horror after Walter drives off with their daughter.
Episode 60 (8/8)
Walter waits for the disappearer to pick him up and give him a new identity.
Episode 61 (1/3)
In Breaking Bad, Walter heads to frozen New Hampshire. His new home in the remake is decidedly more comfortable and have a better climate (this is South America, after all). Even his truck ride to his new location is more spacious.
Episode 61 (2/3)
Andrea is tragically gunned down as punishment for Jesse/Jose attempting to escape.
Episode 61 (3/3)
Walter is ready to turn himself in, but has a change of heart when he sees his former collaborators on TV. That gives him an idea …
Episode 62 (1/6)
Walter visits his former business partners and orders them to create a trust to pass on his millions to his children, in secret.
Episode 62 (2/6)
Jesse/Jose’s stupid friends come in handy, posing as hit men thanks to a few laser pointers.
Episode 62 (3/6)
Walter admits to his wife that he did it all for himself, not the family. It’s the last time they speak.
Episode 62 (4/6)
Walter saves his young former partner, tackling him to the ground as he frantically presses that red key fob to send a rain of bullets down upon his enemies.
Episode 62 (5/6)
He drives off into the night like a mad man.
Episode 62 (6/6)
Walter is finally at peace, dying in his lab of a gunshot wound of his own making.
For more from Breaking Bad, check out what executive producer Peter Gould had to say the day after the series finale, or see what Vince Gilligan had to say in the weeks following it.