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:
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:
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.