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El Camino Needs to Answer These Burning Questions From Breaking Bad

We need answers, yo

Amanda Bell

In the immortal words of Jesse Pinkman, yeah, bitch! The Breaking Bad movie is almost here. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Vince Gilligan's followup to the hit AMC crime drama, premieres on Netflix and in select theaters on Oct. 11, and it looks like the film will finally offer fans some closure about what happened to Jesse (Aaron Paul) after he escaped that white supremacist compound in Breaking Bad's series finale.

Jesse's fate was one of the few major storylines left unresolved by the series' otherwise satisfying end, and even Gilligan himself couldn't -- or wouldn't -- offer any definitive answers on the subject before writing this movie. In 2013, the creator told GQ that while he hoped Jesse would get away and start a new life for himself in Alaska, there was also a high probability that he would be nabbed by authorities for his crimes and criminal associations.


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Based on El Camino's teasers and trailers, it could still go either way. The first footage showed Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) being interviewed by authorities and denying knowledge of Jesse's whereabouts. Another revealed the return of Old Joe (Larry Hankin). And the trailer showed that while Jesse escapes the compound at first, he will become the subject of a massive manhunt.

We already know that we can expect more than 10 cameos from former Breaking Bad characters as Jesse grapples with his past, present, and future, so there's a good chance the movie will sew up a few other loose ends. Although Jesse's future was the biggest question mark at the end of the original series, here are a few other burning questions we hope the movie will answer.

How will Jesse react to Walt's death? It took years, but we finally have a definitive answer to the somehow-still-debated issue of whether Walter White (Bryan Cranston) died in the final episode of Breaking Bad. Last we saw him, he was bleeding out from a bullet wound as the police began swarming the compound, and the radio report in the teaser suggested to clued-in fans that Walt had met his end. But since the cast and creatives have teased the possibility that Walt survived often enough, it took something more definitive to seal the deal: Vince Gilligan himself saying plainly, "Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes." Since Jesse refused to kill Walter himself, we have to wonder how he'll feel about Walt dying in the compound skirmish. Will Walt's sacrifice make up for all the times he wronged Jesse? Will Jesse mourn for his mentor?

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul; Breaking Bad

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Did Walt's family get their money? Walt's criminal enterprise left Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte), and baby Holly in a financial bind, as they lost their house, their reputations, and everything they owned after he was exposed. After finally departing his New Hampshire hideaway, Walt forced his former Gray Matter partners, Gretchen (Jessica Hecht) and Elliot (Adam Godley), to launder his money and establish an irrevocable trust fund in Junior's name. But we don't know if the surviving Whites ever got their dough -- or if they would even accept it.

Where's the kid? Poor Brock (Ian Posada) was left orphaned after his mother, Andrea (Emily Rios), was executed by Todd (Jesse Plemons) to punish Jesse for attempting to escape the compound. Todd then threatened to kill Brock, too, if Jesse didn't cooperate and continue cooking for them, and since Jesse had already seen Todd mercilessly gun down a kid after the train heist, he knew it was possible. What we don't know is what became of the child after his mother's death and whether Todd actually left him alive.

What happened to Saul's (Bob Odenkirk) associates? Those grainy black-and-white flash-forwards on Better Call Saul are slowly piecing together what became of Saul Goodman after he made that fateful trip to the vacuum repair shop, but we still don't know what became of Saul's associates. Did Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford) ever get out of that safe house? Did Francesca Liddy (Tina Parker) go back to work at the DMV, or did she find another seedy lawyer to shred files for?

Are the cartels roaming freely again? The Salamancas and everyone else affiliated with the Juárez-Michoacan Cartel might have been toast by the end of Breaking Bad, but now that they and Todd's family are out of the picture, the New Mexico drug scene probably got a new cartel claimant. But who? Perhaps Gus Fring's (Giancarlo Esposito) mysterious connections in Chile will want a piece of his former empire -- and his fried chicken ring, too.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres Friday, Oct. 11 on Netflix.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie