Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan May Have Revealed Movie's Plot 5 Years Ago

A dark, but ultimately hopeful, storyline is possible.

A recently unearthed 2013 interview with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan may give us some major hints for what’s to come in the upcoming Breaking Bad film. Spoiler warning: spoilers for the ending of Breaking Bad, and perhaps its film, ahead. In a GQ interview conducted soon after the series finale of Breaking Bad (recently rediscovered by The Wrap), Gilligan gave his initial thoughts on what happened to Jesse Pinkman following his escape from a gang of neo-Nazis that kidnapped him and forced him to cook meth.

His answer gives a dark, but ultimately hopeful, outcome.

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“It’s up to the viewer to decide what happened to Jesse,” said Gilligan. “My personal feeling is that he got away. But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kid’s fingerprints all over this lab and they’re going to find him within a day or a week or a month. And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents [likely referring to Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez].

“But yeah, even though that’s the most likely outcome, the way I see it is that he got away and got to Alaska, changed his name, and had a new life. You want that for the kid. He deserves it.”

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Though the upcoming Breaking Bad film, tentatively referred to as “Greenbrier,” may have nothing to do with Jesse, early reports of the film give strong hints that he will be the central character.

The reported tagline for the film says it “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” This lines up nicely with Gilligan’s response, as Jesse ended Breaking Bad escaping the neo-Nazis. Of course, this answer is half a decade old, and general plot points, including Jesse’s ultimate fate, could have changed. Even if he likely won’t be in it, the existence of a Breaking Bad movie was confirmed by Bryan Cranston, saying “It’s a great story, and there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to these storylines that were left open, and this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those.

At least a couple of the characters who were not completed, as far as their journey.”

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For more on Greenbrier, check out our thoughts on if we really need a Breaking Bad movie. The film will reportedly begin shooting this month, but in the meantime, check out our review of the Season 4 finale of Better Call Saul. Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN, and he just wants Jesse to be okay.

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