What If…Walter White Played in the Game of Thrones?

What If...Walter White Played in the Game of Thrones?

Suggested by Nomad

Walter White (Breaking Bad) finds his self in King’s Landing with basic knowledge of the new world that he’s in.

His chemistry knowledge translates to whatever Westeros’ (Game of Thrones) equivalent is.

Can he win?
How far would Heisenberg get?

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15 Comments on "What If…Walter White Played in the Game of Thrones?"

  1. Darth Bombad September 3, 2014 at 7:30 am -      #1


    Never watched BB so i don’t really know, but maesters are pretty cut-throat.
    But i hear walt’s ruthless and smart so he might do well.
    So i’ll wait to see what others say.

  2. pimpmage September 3, 2014 at 7:59 am -      #2

    He would die of cancer within a year or two. Also, people in GoT may know seemingly basic chemistry, but it is more magical than physical. Walt knows nothing of magic.

    Also, he is not part of any bloodline anywhere. He has absolutely no standing or resources to pull upon. He would just become a peasant in the shadow of some castle.

  3. Friendlysociopath September 3, 2014 at 8:10 am -      #3

    Since his knowledge carriers over… he might make a good alchemist. Why can’t he just have his chemistry knowledge though? Assuming iron = iron and all the other elements are the same, he could potentially jump the GoT universe about 100 years forward in technology with gunpowder alone.

    Mostly it depends on whether he can get the ear of some noble, once he gets any significant backing he’d be set for life since he has plenty of handy knowledge to submit.

  4. pimpmage September 3, 2014 at 8:25 am -      #4

    “Assuming iron = iron and all the other elements are the same”

    Except they use crap like eye of newt to create stuff. That does not relate at all to walt’s world. Also, GoT makes magical oil that never burns out. Literally impossible for walt’s scientific mind to understand.

  5. Mea quidem sententia September 3, 2014 at 8:43 am -      #5

    “Eye of a newt” may not refer to an actual animal, like how in The Elder Scrolls, “Dragon’s tongue” and “Elven ears” aren’t actual tongues or ears. Their appearance just looks like them.

    I’d think it would take WW some time getting used to the new stuff if he should use any new stuff. He’s pretty intelligent.

  6. Friendlysociopath September 3, 2014 at 9:03 am -      #6

    “Except they use crap like eye of newt to create stuff.”

    For magical shenanigans and such yeah, if they have Bats in GoT then they have components for gunpowder, simple as that. I won’t argue that Walt would get the magic, because that’s iffy at best, but his regular knowledge should set him up fine.

  7. sadot06 September 3, 2014 at 10:25 am -      #7

    He’d start out a peasant but his knowledge of the modern world could get him far. However unless they have a magic cure for cancer, he’s screwed.

  8. Rookie September 3, 2014 at 10:56 am -      #8

    Have no idea who is this WW, but after quick search, I’l say he will do good. But eventually his illness will kill him.

  9. Namer September 3, 2014 at 11:43 am -      #9

    Never watched BB, but I can tell the other side of this.
    Name, Blood and Power are pretty much necessary to actually get into the Game of Thrones. The closest player to WW would be Peytr Baelish (Littlefinger), who relies mostly on his own intellect, and even Littlefinger has the name of a minor house and mercenaries, even before getting the Vale.
    His best bet would be the Citadel, although he’d also be better served in any of the Free Cities. King’s Landing is just a bad place for him (also for everyone else). His expertise would be mostly ignored in KL. Except if he meets Tyrion, because Tyrion’s pretty much the only character who would figure out his value quickly.

  10. Da Renegade September 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm -      #10

    I like to think if Ash Williams can create explosive arrows with just some old college chemistry book in his trunk, that Walter White with all of his extensive knowledge on chemistry would be able to do something worthwhile in a setting like

    Imagine him getting to King’s Landing and playing the game well. Maybe joining the Alchemist’s Guild and proving his worth. Then suddenly he makes a few comments here and there and plants the idea in, say, Cersei’s mind that for the Guild to have more influence and productivity that they need to join the Small Council. And suddenly Walter is elected as the Alchemist Guild’s representative on the Small Council. And of course he takes the position willingly. And then funds get transferred and more power is granted to the Guild, whose run by Walter now in Kings Landing. Walter would learn much from the Guild and help revolutionize them but also keep the best chemistry secrets to himself. To use against his opponents in the Game of Thrones.

    Tyrion would likely realize early on that Walter is a threat especially if he helped the man get to a position of power within King’s Landing. Varys and Baelish as well. Walter would play the game well in his favor before the cancer got him, if he still had it that is, and would leave some form of legacy standing.

  11. Glutinous-Bicarbonate September 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm -      #11

    Hell, if Castor Beans exist in the Songverse, and people haven’t realized just how deadly they are, Walt could probably make a fortune as a supplier to assassins along with other toxic substances he might be capable of producing.

    But none of that really matters, if the cancer will put him in the ground in a matter of a year or two. Magic would be his only hope, and if he appears at the start of the series, as in the start of Game, there is no real magic in the world yet; at least, not the kind that’s good for healing.

  12. Ciridae Hunter September 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm -      #12

    Walt would get pretty far with his chemistry knowledge since he was able to make a highly volatile explosive compound with the base ingredients of crystal meth (we could call it White Fire for the purpose of this situation) but unless there is a cure for cancer he would probably die halfway along Littlefinger’s path…but at least he would kill a lot more people.

    Also, when is Walt arriving in Westeros? Before the Battle of the Blackwater? After Joffrey chokes and dies (that would be a good place for Walt to understand politics of Westeros)? The cancer might still kill him, but the time he arrives could make a huge impact on whether he survives long enough to make himself great (hell, he could have listened to Littlefinger’s suggestion to buy out the City Watch and taken over King’s Landing).

  13. Epicazeroth September 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm -      #13

    @Glutinous: Castor grows in tropical regions. He’d have to get to the Summer Isles or Sothoryos. Though it might grow in the far southern parts of Dorne of the Rhoyne.
    I’d guess his best bet would be as a Maester. Unless he somehow starts a conversation with Littlefinger or Tyrion. I suppose if he has cursory knowledge, he could have something prepared, but he’d still have to meet them.

    Also, is he cut out for the Game of Thrones? I know he’s very smart and pretty ruthless after a while, but playing the Game requires political savvy, not just general intellect. And he needs connections, above all. He has no standing, and even more importantly, no knowledge of Westerosi politics.

  14. Nomad September 4, 2014 at 8:20 am -      #14

    Thanks for the post admin!

    For this what if Walt doesn’t have cancer. Totally forgot about that.

    EDIT: While in Westeros. He still has the whole Heisenberg persona going for him.

  15. Tarbel October 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm -      #15

    He becomes a dual sword wielding badass tyrant who snorts GoT meth equivalent amidst battles splitting helmets and eventually dies of cancer right after killing 3 full grown blood thirsty rampant dragons with his metal meth powdered fists over the ruins of the castle with the moon door, dying slumped over a pile of dragon limbs with a dragon tooth pierced through his chest and both arms having over the two swords of fire and ice before the last dragon that was killed explodes in a massive sphere of fire after having its chest split open from behind.
    No I haven’t watched much of Breaking Bad..

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