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Before creating Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan regularly wrote episodes for The X-Files. There are a number of small references to The X-Files in Breaking Bad and there are a number of cast members who have appeared in both series.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 4

  • The time shown on the clock in Gale's Apartment is 10:13. The number 1013 is used frequently in The X-Files as a reference to its creator's birthday.
  • In the episode "Unruhe" written by Gilligan the killer's camper van is the same used in Breaking Bad for cooking meth.

Season 5

  • Mike Ehrmantraut's surname is referenced when Mulder makes phone calls in the 10th episode called Tithonus.

Cast members who have appeared in both Breaking Bad and The X-Files

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