You can never get enough Jesse Pinkman. And ahead of the release of El Camino on Netflix, we’re taking a look back at the top 10 Jesse Pinkman moments from Breaking Bad.
Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way. I’m a junkie. I’m a Breaking Bad junkie. Step one is admitting you have a problem, and I have no problem admitting that I have a problem. I’ve actually lost track of how many times I’ve watched the series from start to finish, and I’d put it up against any other series in history as the best in history.
Some might not agree with me there, but that’s where I’m at. Vince Gilligan created this world with so much depth that I seem to find something new every single time I run through it: the setting, the drama, the story and, of course, the characters. From Walt to Gus to Hank to Skyler to Saul to Mike and everyone else in between, there’s so many to choose from as a favorite, but I have to say that I’ve always been a Jesse Pinkman guy.
Who would have ever thought that an underachieving stoner who makes crystal meth could be so lovable? Sure, he’s not without his faults, but Aaron Paul took this character that Vince Gilligan created, made it his own and made television history while doing so.
It’s crazy to think that Jesse was supposed to be killed off at the end of the first season, but after Gilligan noticed the… wait for it… chemistry between Paul and Bryan Cranston, not to mention the help that actually came with the writers’ strike at the end of 2007. The plan was for Jesse to be killed off in the ninth episode, setting up a revenge story for Walt. However, production was cut off after seven episodes and during the hiatus, Gilligan changed his mind and the rest is history. Paul would go on to win three Primetime Emmy Awards in the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category, the first man to ever do so. Peter Dinklage just broke that record this year with his fourth win for Game of Thrones.
So with my little problem of being obsessed with the Breaking Bad universe, a universe that includes the original series and the Better Call Saul spinoff, you can imagine how thrilled I was when the news dropped that a standalone movie sequel about what happened to Jesse Pinkman following the events of the original series took place was happening. A whole movie dedicated to Jesse Pinkman. Yeah, go ahead and count me in. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is set to drop on Friday, Oct. 11 on Netflix.
So, ahead of the movie’s premiere, let’s take a look back at some of Jesse’s 10 best moments in Breaking Bad.