“Breaking Bad” Sequel “El Camino” Stars Aaron Paul, Comes to Netflix on October 11

The (hopefully) triumphant return of Jesse Pinkman

Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad"
By Tobias Carroll / August 26, 2019 8:11 am

By the end of the beloved television drama Breaking Bad, the character of Jesse Pinkman—memorably played by Aaron Paul—had gone through a lot. Pinkman faced the deaths of several loved ones, his imprisonment by a group of neo-Nazi meth dealers and betrayal by his mentor Walter White. At the end of the series, Pinkman was seen driving towards an unknown future in an El Camino. 

Viewers who wondered about Pinkman’s fate after that, take note: you’ll have some answers this October.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is set to debut on Netflix on October 11. According to The New York Times, it will subsequently air on AMC, the channel that was home to Breaking Bad and is currently home to its spinoff Better Call Saul. There’s also a trailer, which reveals little about the plot but is heavy on atmosphere.

The film was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad. Its production was accomplished in relative secrecy, and Paul wasn’t able to say much about the film, or what other characters from Breaking Bad might show up. (Except, apparently, Skinny Pete.) Between this and the third season of Westworld, Paul has an abundance of high-profile projects about which little is known. 

Paul is not the only Breaking Bad star with big news this week. Giancarlo Esposito, rightly acclaimed for his portrayal of Gustavo Fring, is in the cast of the Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, whose trailer debuted over the weekend. While not technically set in the Breaking Bad expanded universe, it does feature characters on the wrong side of the law and abundant desert landscapes, so—it’s not too far removed.

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