For those worried that the first trailer for El Camino, the post-Breaking Bad movie following Jesse Pinkman on the run from the law, might reveal too much, have no fear. Precious little is revealed here. Jesse runs and hides. Badger and Skinny Pete show up. There are lots of dark shots obscuring everything. Here we are, weeks from the movie hitting Netflix, and we still don’t know too much.
And really, why should we? No one this movie was made for needs any elaborate trailers or detailed plot synopsis. Still, the trailer gives us some idea of what to expect. Besides running from the law, Jesse seems to have some sort of plan of some kind. Of course he does, he learned from Walter freaking White. Who will he go after? I’m not sure. His Neo-Nazi captors are dead. Walt’s dead. Maybe his plan doesn’t involve going after anyone.
We really can’t tell too much. All this trailer makes clear is that Jesse will do more of his trademark suffering. Perhaps I should be worried about El Camino focusing too much on his suffering and trauma, and being depressing as a result, but I’m not. Vince Gilligan always knew how to balance humor with Breaking Bad’s intense drama, and both he and Peter Gould perfected the skill with Better Call Saul. Jesse will definitely hurt. It will definitely hurt for the audience. But I doubt it will cross over into unenjoyable.
Look, I could not be more excited for this. The Breaking Bad universe has become one of the most consistently excellent stories ever told. Jesse’s story was one of the few worthy of a sequel, and easily the one fans wanted most. I can’t wait to see what they came up with here.
El Camino hits Netflix on October 11.