Last Pages Of The 'Breaking Bad' Finale Script Reveal What Happened To Jesse Pinkman
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Last Pages Of The 'Breaking Bad' Finale Script Reveal What Happened To Jesse Pinkman

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | October 28, 2013 | Comments ()


In a recent exhibition at the Austin Film Festival, The Writer’s Guild Foundation displayed the final script of the Breaking Bad finale, “Felina.” While there’s nothing extraordinarily new here (no new scenes, no extra dialogue) there is some language in the descriptive bits, some extra contemplation that clears up some ambiguities. First we have the fate of Jesse Pinkman:

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I don’t read a lot of screenplays so it’s nice to see that there exists, between the stage directions and the dialogue, some meatier writing. Here we have a typically open-ended yet optimistic take on Jesse Pinkman’s future. “From here on, it’s up to us to say where he’s headed. I like to call it ‘something better’ and leave it at that.” I call that “typically open-ended” because Vince Gilligan has always been fond of letting the audience make their own determinations when it comes to character motivation, etc. So whether you think Jesse ends up adopting Brock or going to that Big Golden-Hued Woodshop in the sky, we know he’s on to something better. I was worried that the speed he was driving might mean he’d get pulled over and arrested just around the bend. I’m glad to be proven wrong.

The second revelation is about Walt:

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All this page tells us is that Walt died. And we already knew that. But I love that bit of language “They’re too late. He got away.” That’s very Team Walt, isn’t it? And I think it’s an interesting way to interpret the ending as a happy one for Walt.

(via Uproxx)

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  • junierizzle

    I still say Walt lost everything in "Ozymandias" All five seasons led up to that episode, where it all finally caught up with him. It doesn't really matter what he did after that, he lost his family and his empire.

  • BrokenWindows

    Shouldn't the headline be "Breaking Bad Finale Script Reveals Nothing More Than What We Saw on the Show About What Happened to Jesse Pinkman"?

    Obviously he was headed to something better. He was no longer a meth slave to neo-nazis.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Then he became an illegal street racer.

    BB was a prequel to Need For Speed all along.

  • Tinkerville

    He left for Alaska and became a carpenter. No one will ever convince me otherwise.

  • BLZ Bubb

    And in Alaska he met another person fleeing his past... a former Miami blood splatter analyst...

  • Tinkerville

    And Jesse bashed in the head of that particular person in sweet, sweet crossover karma.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Carpenter >>> Lumberjack.

  • I'm totally on Team Alaskan Carpenter with you.

  • puffypogostick

    I think Jesse cooks a couple of batches to get to get his "something better" going as the gov't probably took all his money and his house, but those are his last cooks.

  • PDamian

    I think it says something about Jesse's usual dialogue that I read your post as, "I think Jesse cooks a couple of bitches ..."

  • JustOP

    I thought it was a happy ending for Walt anyway? Obviously, not THE most happy ending for him, but he gave his money to his kids, got some sweet revenge on the science geeks, saved Jesse, and killed everyone who wronged him. Then he died - his terms, how he wanted.

  • Ian Fay

    I always felt the Norm MacDonald theory was nonsense.

    Good to put this to rest.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I always felt the Norm MacDonald theory was nonsense.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Or so the Germans would have us believe...

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