Whenever I hear the phrase, “greatest show of all time,” I immediately think of the one and only Breaking Bad, a television series that centers on sweet chemistry teacher turned malicious drug kingpin, Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The creator, Vince Gilligan, produced a compelling and thrilling story that managed to stay consistently strong as the seasons progressed. From the pilot to the series finale, audiences were captivated watching Walter White’s escapades with his partner, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The finale itself was universally praised with an overall rating of 9.9/10 on IMDb, and we all know that a successful finale is quite the feat in itself with the high expectations of any beloved television series (I’m looking at you, Lost/Game of Thrones/How I Met Your Mother).
When Breaking Bad ended almost six years ago in 2013, fans were hopeful for a sequel following our favorite characters. After the success of Better Call Saul, a spin-off and prequel to Breaking Bad, there were rumors of another spin-off in the works that involved Aaron Paul’s character, Jesse Pinkman. Shortly before the Breaking Bad ten-year reunion, Vince Gilligan approached Aaron about the possibility of starring in a sequel to the series. Aaron was immediately on board. Cue Netflix’s announcement of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Netflix just released the poster, teaser trailer, and release date for its upcoming Breaking Bad movie, which focuses on Jesse Pinkman and the aftermath of the events in the series finale. The film has already been shot and is written and directed by Vince Gilligan himself. In an interview, Aaron Paul said:
“It’s a chapter of Breaking Bad that I didn’t realize that I wanted, and now that I have it, I’m so happy that it’s there.”
The details surrounding plot and character are being held in secrecy (as most well-regarded television dramas do), but Netflix did release the official synopsis of the film:
“The Netflix Television Event EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul). In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”
Cryptic. And I like it. In the teaser trailer, Charles Baker reprises his role as Skinny Pete. He’s questioned by the police on the whereabouts of Jesse Pinkman, and he refuses to give up any intel.
With the appearance of Skinny Pete’s character, it’s possible that audiences might see additional Breaking Bad characters. In fact, if Jesse “must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of better future,” then there’s a definite possibility.
If you’re a die-hard Breaking Bad fan that fears that the sequel will tarnish a great thing, don’t fret. If anyone can nail a well-executed sequel, it’s Vince Gilligan. After reading the movie’s script, Aaron Paul said the following:
“I couldn’t speak for a good 30, 60 seconds. I was just lost in my thoughts. As the guy who played the guy, I was so happy that Vince wanted to take me on this journey.”
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres on October 11th on Netflix and will air on AMC (Breaking Bad’s original home) sometime after.