5 Burning Questions the Breaking Bad Movie Needs to Answer – TV Guide
In the immortal words of Jesse Pinkman, yeah, bitch! We finally have some details about the Breaking Bad movie.
Over the weekend, Netflix revealed the title, premiere date, and a teaser for Vince Gilligan‘s movie sequel to the hit AMC crime drama. It looks like El Camino will finally offer fans some closure about what happened to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after he escaped that white supremacist compound in Breaking Bad‘s series finale.
Jesse’s fate was one of the few major storylines left unresolved by the series’ otherwise satisfying end, and even Gilligan himself couldn’t — or wouldn’t — offer any definitive answers on the subject. The creator previously told GQ that while he hoped Jesse would get away and start a new life for himself in Alaska, there was also a high probability that he would be nabbed by authorities for his many crimes and criminal associations.
Based on El Camino‘s teaser, it looks like we’re in for a little bit of both. The brief footage shows Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) being interviewed by authorities — two heartbreaking portraits of fallen agents Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) indicate he’s at the DEA’s Albuquerque office — and denying knowledge of Jesse’s whereabouts.
The logline for the film reads, “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.” So we can already deduce that Jesse got away from the cops in that eponymous car, the police are definitely after him, and his pals are still as loyal and cool under pressure as they ever were. Most importantly, we’re finally going to get more answers about what became of Jesse Pinkman.
But outside of Jesse’s journey, there’s still a lot we don’t know about what El Camino will cover. Although Jesse’s future was the biggest question mark at the end of the original series, we were still left with a few other burning questions after Breaking Bad. Here are a few open ends we hope the movie will address.
Is Walt really dead? The answer seems (and is) obvious: Walter White (Bryan Cranston) died in the final episode of Breaking Bad. Last we saw him, he was bleeding out from a bullet wound as the police began swarming the compound. After taking out his remaining enemies, ensuring his money would go to his family, and rescuing Jesse, Walt was ready to go, and it was bittersweet that Heisenberg spent his final moments surrounded by the machinery of a meth lab. However, the cast and creatives have teased the possibility that he survived often enough that the film really needs to put the issue of Walt’s death to rest once and for all.
Did Walt’s family get their money? Walt’s criminal enterprise left Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte), and baby Holly in a financial bind, as they lost their house, their reputations, and everything they owned after he was exposed. After finally departing his New Hampshire hideaway, Walt forced his former Gray Matter partners Gretchen (Jessica Hecht) and Elliot (Adam Godley) to launder his money and establish an irrevocable trust fund in Junior’s name. He enlisted Skinny Pete and Badger (Matt Jones) to back up Walt’s threat that assassins would take them out if the transfer wasn’t completed, but we don’t know if the surviving Whites ever got their dough — or if they would even accept it.
Where’s the kid? Poor Brock (Ian Posada) was left orphaned after his mother Andrea (Emily Rios) was executed by Todd (Jesse Plemons) to punish Jesse for attempting to escape the compound. Todd then threatened to kill Brock, too, if Jesse didn’t cooperate and continue cooking for them, and since Jesse had already seen Todd mercilessly gun down a kid after the train heist, he knew it was possible. What we don’t know is what became of the child after his mother’s death and whether Todd actually left him alive.
What happened to Saul’s (Bob Odenkirk) associates? Those grainy, black-and-white flash-forwards on Better Call Saul are slowly piecing together what became of Saul Goodman after he made that fateful trip to the vacuum repair shop, but we still don’t know what became of Saul’s associates. Did Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford) ever get out of that safe house? Did Francesca Liddy (Tina Parker) go back to work at the DMV, or did she find another seedy lawyer to shred files for?
Are the cartels roaming freely again? The Salamancas and everyone else affiliated with the Juárez-Michoacan Cartel might have been toast by the end of Breaking Bad, but now that they and Todd’s family are out of the picture, the New Mexico drug scene probably got a new cartel claimant. But who? Perhaps Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) mysterious connections in Chile will want a piece of his former empire — and his fried chicken ring, too.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres Friday, Oct. 11 on Netflix.