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SPOILERS ahead on how El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie ends.
El Camino almost pulled a Seinfeld. Thankfully, Better Call Saul's writers -- and Vince Gilligan's own girlfriend -- saved the Breaking Bad movie writer/director from himself.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie just released Friday October 11 on Netflix. The movie ends with Jesse Pinkman successfully escaping to Alaska, and driving off to start a new life. Whether you found that ending incredibly satisfying or (like me) wish more of the story moved forward into Jesse's new life rather than spending so much time looking back, you'd probably agree that Vince Gilligan's alternate ending idea is a serious downer.
Vince Gilligant talked to Vulture about another possible ending that would've left Jesse Pinkman in prison:
Poor Jesse. And he'd be at peace with it? Why even bother? Just let the ending of Breaking Bad stand, with Jesse driving off to freedom. Thankfully that prison idea did not make it to the screen. Vince Gilligan's girlfriend is a saint for putting up with his dismissive response to her reaction, since he only seemed to get it when the Better Call Saul team had the same thoughts:
Phew! Jesse Pinkman actor Aaron Paul told Collider El Camino's original cut was three hours long, so a lot was trimmed for the final version on Netflix -- which also got a limited theatrical release and will air on AMC at some point. Hopefully fans will get to see some of the deleted scenes.
Aaron Paul already said the script originally had a voiceover airing the contents of the letter Jesse wrote to Brock. At the end of the movie, Jesse gave that letter to Ed the vacuum salesman (RIP Robert Forster) to mail to young Brock from Breaking Bad, but we never got to hear what was in the letter. That's the kind of thing I'd be curious to see in a deleted scene.
But, to me, a lot of El Camino already felt like several Breaking Bad deleted scenes strung together. It was great to see characters like Mike, Jane, and of course Walter White again, but I wanted to see more of how Jesse lived after his escape, not just end the story when he finally gets ready to start that new life.
But now that I know Vince Gilligan almost left Jesse in jail, I'm grateful for what we got. El Camino is now streaming on Netflix. What do you think of that alternate ending? How about the real one? Don't forget that Better Call Saul Season 5 should be coming fairly soon in 2020.