Making of El Camino

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a deep dive behind the scenes of the making of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie with the original series creator, head writer, executive producer, and director Vince Gilligan and more. Plus, see how many Easter eggs you missed in Terminator: Dark Fate, and watch as Nick Offerman tries some deadly hot wings in the latest edition of Hot Ones. Read More »

El Camino deleted scenes

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie hit Netflix and limited theaters last Friday, and the general consensus about the film is that it’s well-executed but ultimately inessential. Turns out writer/director Vince Gilligan agrees about that last part; in a new interview, he admits that “this movie, strictly speaking, does not need to exist.”

Read Gilligan’s comments calling the film a “gift to the fans,” learn about the lengths he and his team were willing to go in order to preserve some of the film’s surprises, and read about some of the El Camino deleted scenes which will be available on an eventual Blu-ray release. Warning: spoilers ahead. Read More »

el camino alternate endings

When Aaron Paul‘s long-suffering Jesse Pinkman crashed a stolen El Camino through the fences of the white supremacist compound where he had been kept enslaved in the explosive Breaking Bad finale in 2013, his fate was left on an ecstatic but ambiguous note. Six years later, we find out the aftermath of Jesse’s escape from the neo-Nazis who had tortured him in this weekend’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. And while the film offers a more decisive fate for Walter White’s former partner, writer-director Vince Gilligan didn’t always plan the ending in this way.

Gilligan originally pitched a much darker ending for El Camino, one that ended up being nixed by everyone around him, including Breaking Bad executive producer and Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould. But his original three-hour cut of El Camino also offered another, less drastically different, alternate ending. Following the film’s release on Netflix this weekend, Gilligan and Paul revealed more about these two El Camino alternate endings.

Spoilers for El Camino follow.

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The biggest compliment one can pay El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is to say that it doesn’t detract from the legacy of one of the greatest television shows of all time. We knew we were in good hands with Vince Gilligan. Better Call Saul has proven that he, as a showrunner, knows how to play in the Breaking Bad sandbox again without destroying the castle he built before. Now, for the first time, Gilligan has stepped behind the camera as a movie director as he checks back in on the character of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and shows us what happened to him following the events of Breaking Bad.

El Camino also takes us on a trip down memory lane with Jesse, flashing back to some unseen episodes from his past as he embarks on a new Neo-Western adventure in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The stakes this time are simple: Jesse needs to get the hell out of Dodge. The police have flagged him as a “person of interest” in a local massacre and he’s also dealing with post-traumatic stress. What follows is a two-hour Netflix movie with all the event-filled turns of Breaking Bad. It’s an epilogue to the series that occasionally detours down some narrative cul-de-sacs where familiar faces lurk. Buckle your seatbelts and let’s take our own spoiler-filled ride through El Camino.

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El Camino review

Almost a decade ago, the ABC drama Lost came to a controversial conclusion, managing to bother more people than it pleased with a series finale that’s still being misinterpreted. A few months later, the final season was released on DVD with a 12-minute epilogue film titled “The New Man in Charge.” In the epilogue, we learned more about the futures and fates of a few members of the show’s vast ensemble. It didn’t resolve the finale’s frustrations, but was a pleasant capper to the genre-bending drama.

For better, and often worse, it was hard (at least for this writer) to not be dogged by thoughts of “The New Man in Charge” while watching Netflix’s latest release, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. As the subtitle suggests, this two-hour crime drama is tied to the Breaking Bad universe, first established with the excellent AMC drama that aired from 2008 to 2013. Though the show’s characters live on in the prequel spinoff show Better Call Saul, El Camino is squarely focused on another character, the meth dealer with a hidden soul named Jesse Pinkman. But even with an unsurprisingly emotionally complex lead performance from Aaron Paul, El Camino can’t help but feel unnecessary and overlong. Read More »

El Camino A Breaking Bad Movie behind the scenes

Thanks to AMC’s successful ongoing prequel series Better Call Saul, fans of Breaking Bad didn’t have to leave the world of their favorite show behind for long after Breaking Bad ended six years ago. But now they’re finally going to get a chance to find some closure for one of the mothership series’ major characters: Aaron Paul‘s Jesse Pinkman, the tortured meth maker who escaped from captivity in the series finale and drove away like a madman into the night. Netflix’s upcoming El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up that story right where it left off, and now the streaming service has released a new behind the scenes look at the making of the movie. Check it out below.

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Breaking Bad pop-up

Six years after its series finale, the world has Breaking Bad on the brain again with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie set to premiere on Netflix this Friday. But now Los Angeles residents will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a new Breaking Bad pop-up experience that’s coming to West Hollywood, taking over the same space once occupied by pop-ups for Saved By The Bell and Good Burger.

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El Camino trailer new

After two quick teasers that offered up some atmosphere, Netflix has finally delivered a full two-plus minute trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the highly-anticipated movie that tells us what happened to Aaron Paul‘s Jesse Pinkman after one of the most beloved series finales in modern TV history. Check it out below. Read More »

El Camino trailer

It’s been nearly six years since Breaking Bad wrapped up with one of the most beloved series finales of the modern era. And while creator Vince Gilligan has been working in that world since then with the highly acclaimed spinoff series Better Call Saul, he’s also returning to one of Breaking Bad‘s most beloved characters in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, his feature directorial debut and a continuation of Jesse Pinkman’s storyline after the events of the series finale.

Emmy winner Aaron Paul returns to reprise the role of the tragically broken former burnout who was pulled under the dangerous and maniacal wing of drug kingpin Walter White, and after a brief teaser set the stage for us last month, we now have a full trailer that gives us a more detailed look at what happens in the upcoming movie. Read More »

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El Camino details

Last November, we exclusively told you that Vince Gilligan‘s Breaking Bad movie would feature the return of Aaron Paul and be about what happens to Jesse Pinkman after the series finale. Since then, Gilligan has done a masterful job of keeping the plot details vague and not giving anything away, but a new report has some El Camino details, including that it’s a “closed-ended story” and that it features more than 10 characters from Breaking Bad.

Plus: Netflix is giving the movie a limited theatrical release, and you can find out if it’ll play in a city near you below.
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