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Why is "Junior" in Breaking Bad all of a sudden now called Flynn? I thought he was dubbed Junior as he is also Walter White (Jr.). Is Flynn a middle name or second given name?

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Walter Jr. starts calling himself "Flynn" in the Season 2 episode "Down". He does it to distance himself from his father.

From Wikipedia:

He grows apart from Walt due to his father's absences and bizarre behavior, being taught to drive by his friends and wanting to be called "Flynn."

From a 2009 interview with RJ Mitte (Walter Jr.):

Q: Walter Jr. gives himself a nickname this season. Any idea where "Flynn" came from?*

A: I know it was an old movie star -- Errol Flynn. It took me a while to figure out where it came from though. I asked Vince, "Flynn? Out of all the nicknames?" And he's like "Well, that's why I picked it."

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Darn, better answer than mine –  AlasdairCM Aug 20 '12 at 15:12
He seemed to give up the nickname in season 3 during the period when Walt had moved out of the house. His mother called him "Flynn" during a family dinner and he angrily replied "My name is Walter Junior!" After that, "Flynn" wasn't heard again until the recent episodes where he's living with Hank and Marie. Why it's come back would be a good question. Maybe he's finally gotten tired of being on his dad's side in an argument he knows nothing about. –  Alan Curry Aug 22 '12 at 7:33

Walter Jr decided that he didn't want to be called Walter White Jr as that's his dad's name and isn't cool. He was a teacher at the school his son goes to so I guess there is some pressure there.

There was never any reference to where it came from or why he chose it, I guess it's just different to Walter.

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