Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan is very subtle when he releases promos or teasers to tantalise his viewing audience. This is nothing different to said teasers.
From 2008 to 2015, we followed the life and times of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a bored and depressed Science Chemistry teacher who did a full 180 degree turn when he had stage-3 lung cancer, and became a meth cook. He lead a double life – a loser-esque husband and father in one hand, while managing to fend off crime bosses and a brother-in-law DEA agent in his other hand. Along the way, he befriends a former student drop-out Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in order to have his connection with ‘the streets’.
Long story short, people die, cover-ups happen, bullets are dodged, friendships are destroyed, shoddy lawyers are hired like Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk – who eventually gets a spin-off prequel Better Call Saul) and White rescues Pinkman from a Nazi supremacist drug kitchen as a final farewell before eventually meeting his maker. The final scene we see of Pinkman is him driving into the night, with us guessing his future.
So, while we have our appetites whet with the prequel spin-off of the birth of White’s lawyer Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman / Gene Takovic on the verge of the fifth and possibly final season, we are about to get the Breaking Bad sequel based on the future of Pinkman, in the form of a Netflix movie. We’ve known for over a year that there were rumours of the film being made, but production was so secretive, Odenkirk and Paul only mentioned in interviews in the last few days that it’s all been wrapped up. Now, Netflix has dropped a teaser trailer of Pinkman’s street partner-in-crime being questioned by the authorities, a short blurb, and a mystifying poster.
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.
We may have possibly seen White ‘pass away’ on screen, but will he make appearances in flashbacks, or is he still alive? Or will Pinkman end up grabbing a coffee at a certain Cinnabon while on a road trip through Omaha, Nebraska?
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will been shown globally on Netflix October 11, 2019.
Let’s leave the last word to Jesse and his passion for… science.