The mind behind all things Breaking Bad, writer/producer/director Vince Gilligan hints that Netflix's El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is going to be the last time audiences will get to see Walter White and Jesse Pinkman on screen together. It was speculated about for months just which Breaking Bad characters Jesse Pinkman might see on his journey in El Camino and where it all might go, but these secrets were kept under wraps until the release earlier this month.
What we did know was that El Camino was actor Aaron Paul's time to shine as a lot of fans wanted to know what happened to him after the finale of Breaking Bad. The series came to a close with Pinkman being liberated from that horrendous prison run by neo-Nazis by none other than Bryan Cranston's Walter White, his former partner. Only, White didn't fair so well as he gets killed during Pinkman's rescue, leaving Jesse to speed away in a 1978 Chevrolet El Camino.
Rolling Stone caught up with creator, Vince Gilligan to talk about El Camino as well as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, a pair that fans have gone crazy for since the beginning of Breaking Bad back in 2008. Gilligan describes the experience of having both Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston back together on set as everything from "wonderful" and "happy" to a "melancholy" experience with an "element of bittersweetness". With that said, he describes the important scene between the two men at the Owl Café as one with a sense of "finality" to it as he knew that this would, "likely be the last time we would ever see those actors playing those two characters together".
Gilligan also described the deep secrecy on set and beyond when it came to even being able to actually get Bryan Cranston to the set of El Camino for his cameo as quietly as possible. With the making of a Breaking Bad movie being a possible news frenzy, they were trying as hard as they could to keep it under wraps that Walter White would indeed be back with his former partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman. Gilligan jokes that the crew did everything from fly Cranston in on a private jet to covering his head with a paper bag on the way to set as it was so important for the impact of White's return to happen when people actually watched the movie. Cranston's return wasn't even El Camino's only cameo, either, so this set was really locked down.
Gilligan also describes El Camino as a "gift to the fans" and as an opportunity to work alongside the talented Aaron Paul again. As much as diehard fans always want more from that world, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie certainly did provide an inside look at the beloved Jesse Pinkman and his growth from a hard journey into adulthood as a fully formed and bruised man. We really can't ask for much more than that, can we?
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is now available to stream on Netflix.
Source: Rolling Stone