It’s been almost exactly six years since fans of Breaking Bad said goodbye to their anti-heroes Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. The series finale Felina aired September 29, 2013 and brought some closure to the critically and commercially successful show, with Aaron Paul’s Pinkman finally freed from the clutches of his mentor Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston. But now the gang is getting back together (at least some of them) with series creator Vince Gilligan returning to write and direct El Camino: A Breaking Bad movie.
The second trailer for El Camino dropped during Sunday’s Emmy Awards, a fitting placement considering the show won a total of 12 Emmys during its five seasons, including three acting awards for Paul and four for Cranston. The new trailer appears to pick up only hours after the finale of Breaking Bad, with Paul’s Pinkman sitting in the front seat of the El Camino he drove off in after being rescued by Walter White from the Nazis who held him prisoner for months. For those who saw Felina, the image of Walter White arriving at the compound and then enacting his plan to take out the gang with a remote-controlled machine gun is likely still seared in your brain. The new trailer shows Pinkman’s terrified eyes in the rearview mirror as a voice on the radio informs the viewers and Pinkman that the compound has been discovered.
Following the airing of Felina, which was lauded as one of the greatest series finales of all time, a big topic of discussion among fans was whether Walter White had survived. This week’s latest trailer does little to sway us in either direction, but two actors who have been confirmed to return to the Breaking Bad world are Matt L. Jones, who plays Jesse’s friend Brandon ‘Badger’ Mayhew, and Charles Barker, who has already reprised his role as ‘Skinny Pete’ in the first trailer for El Camino.
While Gilligan and Paul have remained tight-lipped about what other characters fans can expect to see in the two-hour film, the pair did confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that a total of 10 Breaking Bad alums will appear. Since half the cast was dead by the final season, we’re crossing our fingers for a return of Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte and Betsy Brandt as Skyler White, Walter White Jr, and Maria Schrader. When we last saw Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman, he was on his way to Nebraska with a new identity. Considering Gilligan and Odenkirk are still working together on the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, we feel like it’s safe to say that Saul Goodman will be back, just with a different name.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will premiere on Netflix and in select theatres starting October 11.