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Things We Want To See In El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie


After years of rumors, we’ll soon be getting
a follow up to one of the greatest shows in TV history. El Camino A Breaking Bad Movie will debut
on Netflix on October 11th and we have a few ideas of what we’d like to see when it does. Breaking Bad callbacks First things first: if El Camino is going
to truly satisfy fans of Breaking Bad, it has to feel like an extension of the series. The easiest way to do this would be through
the use of callbacks. Breaking Bad laid on the callbacks to previous
episodes early and often, a practice which continued in the spin-off series Better Call
Saul. The callbacks in Breaking Bad were wildly
varied, from dialogue to clothing choices to music, and were used for a lot more than
just fan service. “I knew this was going to happen. I knew it. I told you someday someone was going to come
to our door.” “I am the one who knocks!” El Camino will only have a couple of hours
to tell its story, and we don’t expect it to spend its entire run time reminding us
that, holy cow, we’re watching more Breaking Bad. But deploying clever, subtle callbacks to
the series is one way in which El Camino can honor the show’s legacy. Saul Goodman We get the feeling that El Camino won’t feature
too many returning characters from Breaking Bad, for the simple fact that the majority
of the more significant supporting players are, well, dead. But thanks to Better Call Saul, we know that
“criminal lawyer” Saul Goodman got safely out of town in the aftermath of White’s downfall,
and ended up exactly where he predicted he would: managing a Cinnabon in some nondescript
mall in Omaha. Each season of Better Call Saul opens with
a flash forward to Goodman’s Cinnabon days, and while it’s safe to say he won’t be getting
sucked into the criminal underworld of Nebraska anytime soon, that doesn’t mean that El Camino
couldn’t see Jesse Pinkman pay him a little visit. After all, Goodman could always be depended
upon to bail Pinkman and White out of seemingly impossible situations, and just because he’s
laying low slinging cinnamon rolls doesn’t mean he’s severed all of his ties to his former
criminal associates. Badger and Skinny Pete If someone’s going to fill in Jesse Pinkman
on what’s been going down in Albuquerque since he split, we’d bet it’ll be his old buddies,
Badger and Skinny Pete. We already know that at the very least, Skinny
Pete will be involved in El Camino; the first trailer to be released for the flick is simply
a scene of the former drug runner being questioned by authorities. “No way I’m helping you people put Jesse Pinkman
back inside a cage.” It’s not yet clear if Badger will also pop
up, but where one of these two goes, the other usually follows – and the pair could serve
a purpose beyond merely doling out exposition. They’re Pinkman’s connection to Albuquerque,
where his parents still live – as does Brock, the young son of Pinkman’s murdered girlfriend
Andrea, and perhaps the one living person he cares about the most. Badger and Skinny Pete might also warn Pinkman
of impending danger; White may have wiped out the entirety of the Nazi gang that was
holding his former partner captive in Breaking Bad’s final episode, but that doesn’t mean
said gang’s associates won’t be seeking recourse. The new criminal element White’s utter destruction of that Nazi gang
by way of automated machine gun is not the kind of action that just goes unnoticed. Whatever slimy characters that gang was affiliated
with are sure to have taken notice of two things: first, there’s a void in the meth
production game that will need to be filled. Second, the two best meth cooks in New Mexico
were present at the scene of that carnage – and one of them is dead, but the other is
most certainly not. Which is to say, it may not just be the long
arm of the law that will take an interest in Pinkman in El Camino. Breaking Bad gave us a long, harrowing look
at how drug empires operate, and Pinkman has seen it all. He’s been at the center of drug operations
from Tuco’s mini empire to Madrigal’s international drugs clearing house and as the New Mexico
narcotics trade rebuilds itself in the wake of Heisenberg and the Nazis’ demise, there
are sure to be several parties interested in his whereabouts. Peace for Jesse Whatever road lies ahead for Pinkman, it won’t
be an easy one. But we have to hope that it brings some kind
of closure, some kind of peace, because if anyone on Earth ever needed it, it’s him. Sure, he’s done terrible things, but perhaps
none of those things would have come to pass if he had never been singled out as the ideal
partner by his former teacher Mr. White. And despite all of the admittedly terrible
choices he’s made, Aaron Paul’s incredible, soulful performance had a way of painting
Pinkman as someone who always wanted to do the right thing, but for whatever reason,
always failed. “I’m not coming back.” “I know.” Maybe he’ll be given a chance to rectify the
transgressions of his past in El Camino. This should at least be easier now that White,
who always seemed to be pushing Pinkman to be the worst possible version of himself,
is out of the picture. Then again, if you’re going to cook up a Breaking
Bad movie, it’d be missing a key ingredient if it didn’t acknowledge Jesse’s departed
partner. Walter White He is the danger; he is the one who knocks. Walter White is the black, infected heart
beating at the center of Breaking Bad, and however it has to happen, it sure seems like
failing to include him in some capacity would be doing El Camino a disservice. It could be a flashback, or a drug induced
vision; it could be a recording that White made for Pinkman in the event of his death,
or even a home movie that we see Skyler White watching, right before she throws it in the
fireplace. There are a hundred different ways it could
happen, but the subtitle of El Camino is “A Breaking Bad Movie” and if you’re going to
offer us a continuation of one of the greatest stories ever told on TV, you would be remiss
not to offer us at least a glimpse of that story’s greatest character. “Say my name.” “Heisenberg.” “You’re god darn right.” Yes, El Camino is Pinkman’s story, but the
character’s greatest tragedy is that his story will forever, no matter how much he would
will it to be otherwise, be intertwined with White’s. Make no mistake: there are plenty of fans
who would advance the theory that White didn’t really die at the conclusion of Breaking Bad,
but we’re not among them. He is indeed dead, but the dark legacy that
he created will linger; as far as Pinkman is concerned, we can only hope that he’s able
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