15th Mar2019

Feature: When a network says it’s the Series Finale, don’t believe them.

by James Smith

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These days, past successful shows are finding new life as reboots, a prequel or a sequel or as a movie. “Deadwood” is returning to HBO, “Will & Grace” and “Murphy Brown” returned to NBC and CBS, respectively. A new “91020” is set for Fox and the fix is in – “Breaking Bad” is coming back to TV.

In February, Netflix and AMC announced a “Breaking Bad” sequel film with a focus on science and woodworking enthusiast Jesse Pinkman played by Aaron Paul. No particulars on the movie’s plot have been released but that certainly hasn’t stopped those that deal in speculation to run rampant. As the yet-unannounced premiere date draws closer (sometime in 2020?) BetOnline one of the best sportsbooks will certainly offer props on Jesse’s future.

The movie will first run on Netflix before making the move to AMC. The show’s producers have long cited Netflix for the series survival and popularity as the streaming service made the first seasons available broadening the fanbase and extending the series lifespan.

As you may remember, “Breaking Bad” centered on Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to making and selling meth to help his family after a cancer diagnosis. The character was played by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.

But series creator Vince Gilligan has made it clear, this is Jesse’s movie.

When last we saw the meth cooker wunderkind, the character chose not to shoot Walter, and was behind the wheel of a car, busting through the gates of his uncle’s place driving to who knows where. There was a large cache of police sirens and lights hot on his tail so it’s hard to believe they didn’t’ catch up to him – time will tell.
“From here on, it’s up to us to say where he’s headed,” Gilligan wrote in the script for “Felina,” the Breaking Bad finale. “I like to call it ‘something better’ and leave it at that.”

The movie is said to pick up pretty close to where the series left off.

During its multi-season run, it was very clear to viewers that Jesse Pinkman was a character in transition. First, a non-committed student and drug dealer only to evolve into an anguished man, frequently demoralized by Walter which made it all the more surprising that Jesse let him go free with a nod of his head.

Jess’s life was a living hell – let us count the ways:

  • Heroin addict
  • The woman he loved died – twice
  • Death of a child
  • Held against his will by white supremacists
  • You get the drift

The reason for his misery is, of course, White AKA Heisenberg, ruthless meth kingpin. And yet, he let him go. With plotlines being protected by “Game of Thrones” standards, we can only surmise that the deadly White-Pinkman partnership will continue to plague Jesse into his future. Scars last forever, unfortunately. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the film will “follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.”

Will Jesse die? Our guess would be it’s a possibility, after all, there are a lot of officers and others on his tail. But, if Netflix and AMC want to leave the door open for more, others may die in Jesse’s stead. Others are speculating that there’s a chance White didn’t die – despite what everyone saw on screen. As the most cynical would reply, Walter White is dead until there is enough money offered to breathe life back into him. Cranston recently said that he hadn’t seen a script.

No word what role, if any, Cranston will play, even in flashbacks.

“I don’t know if there’s an appearance — flashbacks, flash-forwards,” Cranston said on a recent talk show appearance. “But I’m excited about it because it’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and it was the greatest professional period of my life.”

Who else could appear and eventually die in the movie sequel? Who knows, but here’s a list of possibilities:

  • Skylar (Anna Gunn): The wife of Walter White is living under a pseudonym raising their two children. Before dying, White tried to prove her innocence, so she may be free.
  • Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt): Seemingly reunited with her sister, her husband Hank is dead and buried in the desert.
  • Walt Jr./Flynn (RJ Mitte): He’s going to be rich from his dad Walter’s blood money when he turns 18. Hmm, wonder if he’ll take it?
  • Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk): We’re learning about his life before “Breaking Bad” in “Better Call Saul” on AMC. In post-show life, he was encouraged Walt to turn himself in before heading off to a new life with a new name. Hard to believe they wouldn’t find a way to bring him back in this movie somehow.
  • Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz (Adam Godley and Jessica Hecht): They petrified pair are holding Walt Jr.’s money and believe hitmen are always watching. Good luck with that.

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