Alternative endings to El Camino revealed
Creator Vince Gilligan originally had a much darker final scene in mind.
Director Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul have revealed that the recently released El Camino had two alternative endings.
The final version that’s currently streaming on Netflix finishes with a shot of former meth cook Jesse Pinkman (Paul) having successfully escaped to Alaska and smiling as he drives off to start a new life.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly however, Gilligan describes how he originally pitched a much darker ending.
“I was trying to concoct a plot in which, hero that he is, he saves somebody else — somebody I would have introduced as a new character into the movie.”
“Because he’s such an innately heroic character in my mind, he saves someone at the end of the movie and he willfully gets himself caught knowing that it’ll save this other person.”
“At the end of the movie, he’d be locked in a jail cell somewhere in Montana or someplace. And he would be at peace with it. It was all this very interior, emo-type, very dramatic stuff.”
He went onto reveal that both his girlfriend and Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould reacted negatively to the idea, leading him to nix it entirely.
Paul then spoke about another that was attached to the unedited three hour-cut of the film which had Jesse reading the letter he wrote to Brock (Ian Posada), the young son of his dead girlfriend (Emily Rios), in a voiceover.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s beautiful, just honest. But Vince just thought, “you know what? Maybe it’s best left unknown,” he said, admitting he was “really crushed to see it make the cutting room floor.”
Released worldwide on 11th October, El Camino has had a hugely positive reception from both fans and critics alike.
You can stream all five seasons of Breaking Bad and El Camino on Netflix now.