Breaking Bad and Life insurance for Bryan Cranston (Walt White)



The TV series Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live.   During the first season I think Walt figures he needs about $1,000,000 of cash ($737,000 to be exact) to support his family when he is gone.  So easy money is of course selling, Meth…cooking Meth.  That’s Hollywood of course and to make it more believable it takes place in New Mexico.

Walt is 50 years old.  If he got his life insurance before he got cancer for $1,000,000 of coverage he would be paying $289/month for term 20.  If he wanted to get all his money back plus interest…call me for details.

With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world. The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.