Breaking Bad fans got a huge surprise this weekend with the news that a film based on the show named El Camino will be getting released in this October.
Throughout this, I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about the movie as well as what could happen in it.
This video is potentially full of spoilers so if you don’t want to know anything about the film then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
There’s a lot to break down so with that out the way let’s get into our breakdown of El Camino.
El Camino Meaning
Firstly I thought I’d go over the meaning of El Camino. Fans of Breaking Bad are well aware that titles in the show often have a lot of double meaning to them and examples of this can be see in the shows finale title Felina.
That episode title was a reference to “Felina” a character from the song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. This song tells the story of a man returning to a town that exorcised him to kill the bandits that took his love and in the end he’s killed after defeating the gang. This of course is pretty much the entire plot of the finale and the word Felina can also be broken up into three different symbols of chemical elements found in the periodic table: iron (Fe), lithium (Li), and sodium (Na).
This has also led some fans to assume that the final episodes title means “blood, meth and tears” because iron is in blood, lithium is used in methamphetamine production and sodium is a component of tears.
So yeah, lot’s to unpack.
El Camino is not only a car but it also means ‘the way’ and the film will likely pick up with Jesse escaping from the Season 5 compound and using it to go on the road and hopefully find his way.
The synopsis for the show reads ‘following the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.’
El Camino can also mean ‘The Kings Highway’ as well as ‘The Royal Road’ so I think it’s safe to assume from this that the film will be a road trip type film with Jesse on the run from the authorities.
Breaking Bad: El Camino Cast
So who is returning for the film? Well once more the show will be heralded by Vince Gilligan who created the show and we know that it is starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. Skinny Pete is also making a return however there have also been rumors that Krysten Ritter, Jesses’ parents and even Bryan Cranston are coming back.
Both he and Jane will probably be in flashbacks are the characters are long gone. When asked about an appearance Cranston said the following:
If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure, absolutely. He’s a genius. It’s a great story, and there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some sort of completion to some of these storylines that were left open. This idea, from what I was told, gets into at least a couple of the characters who were not completed as far as their journey. I can’t wait to see all those people again…even if I just come by to visit!
El Camino Plot
So it looks like Cranston has been at least told the ideas of the script and included in on the plotline in some form or another. He may even appear as a hallucination to Jesse, tormenting or even guiding the character. We know that the character is prone to delusion due to the time he hallucinated he was a carpenter so perhaps Walter will appear with him on the road in some form or another.
Jesse is probably highly damaged due to his treatment and I can definitely see this being a plot route that they travel down.
In the trailer which was pretty straight forward, we see Police investigating Pinkman’s disappearance and they clearly discovered the lab and know about his work, though his involvement may still be unknown. Skinny Pete mentions in the trailer that he doesn’t know where Jesse is so they will probably be spreading the investigation far and wide and this could be a film that sees the long arm of the law reaching across America to try and track down the character.
Filming began on the 21st of November 2018 and the movie is rumored to be roughly 2 hours in length.
Lastly, the film is due to be released worldwide on October 11th 2019 and will be streamed exclusively on Netflix. We haven’t had any official production photos released just yet and it remains to be seen whether the trailer itself will feature in the film or just be part of the promotions.
I think everyone is pretty hyped for the movie though and I’m going in with tempered expectations, I did think that the finale of Breaking Bad is the greatest final episode of a tv show ever and that it’s always risky revisiting things that have wrapped up so well.
If it’s more of the same with Jesse just being free then I don’t know if that’s the best thing to do and it may leave a bitter taste in fans mouths so obviously anticipation is high.
I am still very very excited for the film and can’t wait to see what happens in it.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show and if you’re excited for it. Comment below and let me know!