If there aren’t at least five shows you’re desperately trying to catch up on, you’re not a real television fan. We are living through the era of peak TV. There are more fantastic series on the air than even TV critics have time to watch. And honestly, it’s a beautiful problem to struggle with.
If we’re smack in the middle of television’s golden age, you could argue that Breaking Bad is TV’s crown jewel; a star-making critical and commercial success with a gripping plot which demanded to be binged. Despite wrapping up in 2013, Breaking Bad still has a vice-grip on pop culture, with references to Walter White, Heisenberg, and Jesse Pinkman popping up when you least expect it.
Breaking Bad is one of the few TV mega-hits to deliver a finale that met viewer’s sky-high expectations; the show wrapped up its final season with a pitch-perfect ending. But in 2019, nothing stays dead, and series showrunner Vince Gilligan has directed a Breaking Bad followup titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
El Camino will air on Netflix next month – and receive a limited theatrical run – and catches up with the show’s infamous ne’er do well, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as he deals with the trauma from his life as a meth dealer. You can catch a glimpse in the latest trailer, embedded below.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie trailer:
You can argue that there was no need to expand on Breaking Bad’s perfect ending. But you can also make the case you can’t have too much of a good thing. Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul sounded like a strange idea at first, but evolved into one of the best shows around. If Gilligan can tap into a quirky side character like Saul to mine several seasons of great TV, I have no doubts that his Pinkman movie will knock our socks off. Gilligan wouldn’t return to the Breaking Bad universe unless he had something meaningful to say. And I’m all ears.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie synopsis:
The Netflix Television Event EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul). In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad. The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer, Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, October 11, 2019.