This past Sunday, Netflix delighted Breaking Bad fans everywhere by releasing the trailer for El Camino, the spin-off film that will debut on the streaming service in October. And while there are plenty of questions that we hope El Camino will address, there is one question that we desperately want to be answered: Is Walter White in the movie?
On the surface, the answer appears to be no, as there is no sign or mention of White in the trailer. Plus, along with the trailer, Netflix released a short synopsis for the film: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”
So El Camino will focus on Jesse Pinkman after his escape at the end of the Breaking Bad series finale. And since the series ended with Walter White seemingly dying after being hit by his own insane machine gun turret, it stands to reason that the chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin won’t be in the new movie, right?
Well, yes and no. On the one hand, we are clearly supposed to believe that White is dead and since this movie doesn’t exist in the Star Wars or Sixth Sense universe, it feels safe to assume that once you’re dead, you’re not coming back. But Walter White wasn’t just the lead on Breaking Bad. He was Breaking Bad and it’s hard to imagine the series continuing without Cranston and the four Emmys he won for his portrayal of White. Plus, let’s not forget the fact that Cranston has referenced the film several times on social media and even was the one who officially confirmed the movie on The Tonight Show back in January.
So if Cranston is coming back, what exactly would that look like? We basically have two possibilities: White is shown via flashbacks or White isn’t actually dead. The first option is the much more logical route, as Jesse could be looking back on his time with his manipulative mentor as he tries to figure out how to put his new life together.
The second option is extremely farfetched but a lot more fun to speculate about, as it would mean that White somehow managed to sneak away and is back to wreak more havoc in Jesse’s life. This scenario is unlikely but not impossible, as Cranston himself noted, we never actually received confirmation that White is dead and throughout the series, he made a name for himself by getting out of seemingly inescapable situations time and time again.
Of course, the only way any of us will actually get the answers to these questions is by watching El Camino on Netflix on October 11.