Breaking Bad: How Much Money Does Walt Have Left? (INFOGRAPHIC)

It's been a long wait since Breaking Bad left us with a BOOM this past fall. While you certainly haven't forgotten the events of the finale, you may not recall the astounding amount of money Walter White spent in Season 4—so much that when a desperate Walt sought to "disappear" his family to safety at the cost of $600,000, he discovered he was far short, propelling him toward a face-off with Gus.

Which got us thinking: How much money did Walt make in the first place? Where did it all go? And as the new season starts, with no clear top dog in the meth game, how much does Walt have to kick-start his empire? (If only Walter Jr. had realized the potential for his crowdsourced online donations idea, he'd have invented Facebook kickstarter.com).

Bear with us here, our math is a little fuzzy as not every single item was explicitly priced out in Season 4, but our estimates make it clear that Walt's bank account will begin at near empty this season. Hopefully Jesse has done a better job saving in between parties...

How much did Walt make/start with?

We can estimate the amount of time Walt worked for Gus at about six months. We used this handy Vulture article to help us out with the timeframe.

– Walt's first three months of work were done at a rate of $3 million to be split with Jesse... or $1.5 million for the first three months.
– Gus then re-upped their deal to pay $15 million for a year, split down the middle. This was confirmed in Season 4's seventh episode, "Problem Dog," when Skyler did some quick math as to how much Walt earned per year. She estimated about $7.1 million, to which Walt responded calmly, "$7.5 million minus expenses."
– $7.5 million divided by 12 months is $625,000 per month. Walt worked for Gus for an additional three months on the new deal, making him $1.875 million.
– So with six-month earnings equal to $3.375 million, we can subtract work expenses established by Walt as about $400,000 per year, or $200,000 per six months. That gives us an earnings total of:

$3,175,000

In the aftermath of Season 4, how much is left?

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Do you agree with our math? Feel free to post your own calculations in the comments!

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Yeah, you forgot the cost of buying the RV--$7,000--and whatever it cost to have it fixed, and then later destroyed. Also, obviously this is before season 5, but currently Walt owes Jesse 40k for the magnets.
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*Spoilers*



For me, it would be that Walt didn't get paid for the last month because of a "dead " boss wouldn't be able to pay him for the work he's done that month.

But we don't know exactly how long he worked there, date Gus dies and what day on the month Walt recieves his " paycheck"
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I would have thought that Saul's fees were a lot higher than $175k? Given everything he has done for Walt (not just money laundering).



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about 400k left for his family? No wonder he wants to start cooking again!
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Hank's medical bills is not $400,000. I'm still watching season 4 on Netflix so maybe I'm missing something but they are paying for his rehab not for his hospital stay which should have been covered by his insurance. I figure they have paid about $50,000 tops for Hank's medicals bills. The gambling story Skyler told wouldn't allow them to pay $400,000 without Hank asking questions. So Walt should have close to 800K in the bank plus the money from the first deal with Gus from season two. So Walt should still have close to a 1 million.
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Almost 400k is not bad... I mean, it's almost 400k more than what I have.
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$25,000 for a DOOR?
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plus blackmail hush money.
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The only think I think you missed is Walt's Chemo which may or may not need to roll into that...honestly I'm not sure.



I read in the comments that 10k for the aztec seems high but I think the PT Cruiser might be a touch low and I thought the challenger joy ride was attributed to about 50k by Saul...so I think those numbers are fine.
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Walt's medical expenses are included under Skyler's expenses.
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What about Jesse's very very expensive rehab facility?
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Love this!
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no but I agree with your meth.... OH snap see what I did there.
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I never watch this show but season 5 has gotten perfect reviews so far according to metacritic, which never happens...
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And it shouldn't happen - especially for seasons that have not been aired.
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As much as I would love to believe that is true, Metacritic sometimes puts numeric values/scores on reviews when there isn't a grade system. Just because a reviewer really enjoys a show, Metacritic might just assume it gave it a 100%.
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Walter White was a lowly paid public school teacher with stage 4 cancer and no way to pay the medical bills. He now earns $625,000 per month just making meth. Read more on this site... http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad .
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I think you're definitely on the right track, though. He'll be broke and needing to start over financially. At least he has the income from the car wash!!
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His bachelor pad is in no way 300,000. Real Estate in NM is a bit cheaper than everywhere else(I'd say 100k), so I'd say he has a bit more.
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What about the money he made before Season 3? He made half a million at the end of Season 2 in his first deal with Gus. He burned some of it, but I think he still had most of it because, if I remember correctly, he told Hank he had $500,000 when Hank helped him move at the beginning of Season 3. Hank thought it was a joke.
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Walt's medical bills.

The IT guy who made some of Walt's earnings look like donations to the web site. (Maybe that's covered under "Saul Goodman laundering fees").

The fake Heisenberg that they paid to go to prison.

Money spent on the Winnebago. (Buying it, buying gasoline, storing it, destroying it).



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This awesome! Sunday can't come soon enough, I am going crazy with anticipation.
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Imagine how you will feel after episode 8, when you will have to wait 10 months or so for episode 9.
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Good things come to those who wait.
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I might agree with your maths if you spelt it right........
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Looks ok to me... how was it spelt. Also, no problem with 'spelt', that is ok too.
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*spelled
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Definitely not the time for Walt to retire then...
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$10K for Aztek repairs? That seems really high. The car isn't worth that much. Windshields (Walt replaced 2 or 3 times) are probably around $200 each - the first one (airplane debris) would have been covered under insurance. In Albuquerque, cash repairs could be had for pretty cheap.
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Still not $10k worth. Slap a used Pontiac Aztek bumper, hood, headlights - $2K-$3K in Albuquerque would probably do it.
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What about when Hank/Walt were driving to the Laundromat (their secret meth lab) and Hank totaled his vehicle to avoid going there?
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What about when he slammed his car into those drug dealers to save Pinkman?

Body damage costs a lot.
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"our estimates make it clear that Walt's bank account will begin at near empty this season"



I wish my bank account was as empty as Walt's...366k
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For Walt, it's definitely within the margin of error. Willing to bet that Skyler used much more to get the car wash up and running.
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Thirty-Eight Snub Nose Revolver (sans serial number). Awesome.
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