Is Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie? Spoilers ahead for the new Netflix original movie!
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is now on Netflix! Aaron Paul is back as Jesse Pinkman, and viewers around the world will finally get to learn what exactly happened to Pinkman after he fled the compound in the El Camino.
One of the biggest questions heading into the film was about Walter White’s involvement in the film. Would Bryan Cranston be back in some capacity for the Netflix film? After watching the movie, we finally have the answer.
Spoilers ahead for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie!
Okay, of course, Bryan Cranston makes a cameo appearance in the Netflix original movie. This is Breaking Bad after all. Did we really think they would leave Walter White out of this one?
I didn’t think so, but I was surprised the appearance wasn’t until close to the end of the film.
Throughout the movie, there are many flashbacks. We see Jesse with Mike, Jonathan Banks, at the beginning of the film. In the middle, there are several flashbacks with Jesse disposing of a body with Todd, played by Jesse Plemons.
The scene with Jesse and Walt is a flashback, as well, and it takes fans way back to the very first season. After their cook in the desert, Walt and Jesse stay at a hotel, and then they go to the Owl Cafe to eat. Jesse makes himself a disgusting looking salad with tons of pineapple, and he pays the busser to let him keep the water pitcher at the table.
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In the scene, Walt is coughing a lot, and he even has a coughing attack, which draws a lot of attention. He also shares his worries about how long it will take to sell off the batch.
Then, the scene shifts to Jesse, and Walt tries to get him to go to college to study business or marketing. It’s a weird scene looking this far back, but it does open the viewers’ eyes to what could have been for Jesse. He could have gotten out of this situation long ago, before everything went pear-shaped, as they say.
Then, the conversation gets even weirder. Walt forgets Jesse actually graduated high school. Interestingly, Walt, then, says that Jesse is really lucky that he didn’t have to wait his whole life to do something special. Like, he’s referring to the meth cooking as something special, which is super sad to me, if I’m reading the moment correctly.
I don’t know how much I truly enjoyed White’s cameo, though. It was great to see Paul and Cranston together again. This movie is Jesse’s story, though, and I don’t know necessarily if White’s appearance added much to the overall film.
Instead, I think it could have been more of a statement for Vince Gilligan to leave White out of this movie altogether. It would have shown Jesse was truly reclaiming his life and taking responsibility for everything that happened to him.
But, again, Breaking Bad is Walter White, so he had to be in the movie. I get it.
So, there you have it. Walter White is in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, but it’s a quick appearance. Will it be the final time we see Cranston’s classic character?
That remains to be seen. I’m guessing we’ll probably see Walter White in Better Call Saul at some point in the future. I think there’s a strong chance, with the success of El Camino, that Gilligan revisits this world again to tell the story of Skyler and Walt, Jr. after the events of the finale.
I think that’s probably the next time we’ll see Cranston in this series, but who knows when that will happen.
Stay tuned for more news about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix!