Everyone loves Breaking Bad. It tells the tale of a chemistry teacher who, after finding out that he has terminal cancer, decides to enter into a life of crime and sell contraband. Of course, every decision in life that involves selling contraband generally ends poorly, and the same goes for our anti-hero; Walter White. The 5 season series follows Walter as he learns the contraband dealing business, enlists high school student Jesse Pinkman to help him, and generally gets involved in terrible situations.
With the series’ success being widely regarded as the equivalent of hitting the jackpot at an online casino, Netflix has stunned fans by announcing that a sequel film will go live on the 11th October 2019. The announcement was met by a mixed reception, with some hotly suggesting that the original series was perfect, and did not need further elaboration. Others are thrilled that they will be given the chance to delve back into the seedy world created by writer and director Vince Gilligan.
Either way, it is a Netflix event that will get people talking!
Who Will Be In It?
After running from 2008 – 2013, the original finale ended on a satisfactory conclusion, with Walter, assumedly moments from death as he smiles in satisfaction, lying on the floor of his lab, bleeding out. It is arguable that Walter did not pass away in that moment, but most are in agreement that bringing him back for El Camino, the official title of the sequel film, would be a silly idea.
So it is perhaps a good thing that Walter White, portrayed Bryan Cranston, has not been confirmed to be in El Camino. Although it wouldn’t be too shocking if he was, given that he could be shown in flashbacks, dream sequences, or perhaps as a mentor ghost.
Rather, the show seems to focus more around Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. At least according to the teaser trailer. Skinny Pete, Jesse’s loyal friend, is the only other character officially confirmed to be returning. There was some speculation as to whether shady lawyer Saul Goodman would return, but given that the actor Bob Odenkirk currently stars in the spinoff series, Better Call Saul, this seems extremely unlikely. But perhaps just for a cameo?
What Will Happen?
So it seems that El Camino will focus around Jesse Pinkman, which isn’t a bad thing. The finale saw him freed from captivity, having been kidnapped and held hostage by white supremacists. In an act of loyalty, Jesse refused to betray Walter White to the supremacists, resulting in him having to deal with all sorts of unpleasantness.
The last we see of him after Walter came to his rescue, Jesse was fleeing in an – oh how clever – El Camino. Where Jesse is headed is unknown, but there are likely many seedy characters that would like to get their hands on him. So speculation is rife that the film chronicles the young man fleeing for his life, perhaps having to outwit those who seek revenge.
This is only speculation however.
Will It Be Any Good?
Gilligan is confirmed to be writing and directing the film, so there is much hoping that he will manage to deliver a satisfactory end to the story of Jesse Pinkman. As to whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but hopes are, of course, very high.
Other series that have returned after aging finales have, surprisingly, gone down rather well. Twin Peaks: The Return is a prime example. While others have been less well received, such as the new season of X-files. Hopes are that El Camino will follow the trend of Twin Peaks, and we can’t wait for the 11th October to find out.