After Breaking Bad ended in 2013, fanatics of the long running franchise were understandably elated when it was announced earlier this year that Netflix would bring to life the story in a new film. Since dropping onto the service this week, it has been revealed that there could have been an alternative ending to El Camino, according to famed creator of the series Vince Gilligan.
“I didn’t get super far down the road, but it was probably going to be a young woman who needed some help,” Vince Gilligan tells EW, explaining El Camino‘s potential ending. “He was hiding out by the Canadian border, and this woman was working at a motel as a housekeeper or something. [He] goes into the process of saving her, knowing full well that he’s going to suffer for it, he’s going to get caught for it, but he does it anyway. And the last scene would be maybe him in a jail cell but at peace for the first time since the movie began. I think there was going to be this component where he couldn’t sleep. He wouldn’t get a single night sleep for a week or so upon escaping. The police are looking for him and he’s too haunted and he’s too adrenaline-charged. And at the end of the thing, he’s in a jail cell, and ironically he can fall asleep like a baby. And I thought, ‘Ah, that’d be kind of cool.’”
Lead and frontman of the Jesse Pinkman character, Aaron Paul was reportedly not aware of the ending. “He never said that to me,” Paul says. “Wow. That’s so interesting.”
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is on Netflix now. If you haven’t seen it, tune into the trailer below.