'Breaking Bad' creator on Jesse Pinkman's fate
November 27th, 2013
02:43 PM ET

'Breaking Bad' creator on Jesse Pinkman's fate

Vince Gilligan hasn't broken all the way "Bad."

When it comes to the fate of Jesse Pinkman from his acclaimed AMC drama "Breaking Bad"– which just ended its run in September after five explosive seasons - the series' creator wants to go against the obvious and believe everything turned out all right for "the kid."

While Gilligan and his team intentionally left the fate of Pinkman (as played by Aaron Paul) open to interpretation by viewers, Gilligan's "personal feeling is that he got away."

Admittedly, the most "likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they're going to find this kid's fingerprints all over this lab and they're going to find him within a day or a week or a month," Gilligan tells GQ magazine. "And he's still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents. But yeah, even though that's the most likely outcome, the way I see it is that he got away and got to Alaska, changed his name, and had a new life. You want that for the kid. He deserves it."

What do you think - does that match up with what you've envisioned?

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  1. Hank's Ghost

    Jessie totally got away. He's been hiding out in LA disguised as an actor and just completed the Need for Speed movie.

    December 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SD_CD

    Jesse totally got away, after he picked up Brock.

    December 26, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cam

    Remember the Aryans had video surveillance of their property so Jesse being held against his will would be evident. Also, they had his taped confession to Hank, which could help with his innocence from Hank's death but there would be no one else to prosecute so its really up for grabs.

    December 20, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. J.R.S.

    Even if Jesse was caught, I would hope that Marie (Hank's wife, uh, widow) would mention that he was helping Hank and Gomez with information. That has to count for something.

    December 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevie Ray Plotnik

      Except for the fact that Marie would have gladly skinned Walter alive, if she could get away with it - and by extension, Jesse.

      December 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott McIntosh

    The Real Pinkman got 30 years in prison , Walter White 11 years ! Crime does not pay in the end !

    December 19, 2013 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tracy

    I was hoping Jessie would make it through alive. He was a screw-up for sure, a child of affluenza, but still knew right from wrong. He definitely did many horrible things and was victim to many horrible things. I would like to see his future life as one in search of redemption and safety. Maybe stumbles upon a situation that results in a religious conversion-exchanging chemical addiction for religious zealotry. Perhaps hides out many years in a monastery, and does work to bring life and health back to plants or animals. Then ultimately becomes convinced that he needs to pay for the murder of Gale, so turns himself in, but dies in a stupid accident before he ever enters prison. His life was always full of irony.

    December 17, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    I reckon Jesse rides that car due north, taking every dirt road he can. He no longer trusts any human being, and avoids all population centres, only stopping his car for gas. He makes it over the border into Canada by foot at some remote mountainous location, and uses what cash he was able to carry with him to buy a remote cabin from some old hermit. Jesse stays there for the rest of his days communing with nature, and making pottery and wood craft with his hands.

    December 17, 2013 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. There, their, and they're

    I agree with Natalie. Jesse was the moral center of the show. He had a sense of right and wrong; he did not participate willingly in the violence in which he became entangled and was outraged at the cold-blooded actions of Walt and others. However, for all of his innate goodness, Jesse was a flawed character, so who knows what his new life has in store for him.

    December 9, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Neil

      Jesse had a sense of right and wrong, sure. But he mostly chose wrong. Kept on dealing meth after the episode when he was in the house with the 2 junkies and saw how it affected their kid. He looks like Mother Teresa next to Walt. He would be bound to screw up whatever good life he had anyway.

      December 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • FrankinCA

      If there were another episode, Pinkman would be in custody [in an interrogation room]. There are mitigating factors: he was held captive by the Aryans and Walt is dead. I also think he would be given time since two federal agents were killed and the scope of the enterprise. Pinkman is the only one left and he would unfortunately be holding the bag.

      But this is speculation. In the end, this was one of the best show finales I've ever seen. All the loose ends were tied up and Walt redeems himself [giving the coordinates to Skyler and the money to his former colleagues].

      December 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Most likely

    Anyone who knows Alaska knows that it is full of meth heads. If he makes it there he'd more than likely just end up like he was for half the show. Using his fortune away into oblivion.

    December 9, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Julia

    I hate Jesse Pinkman!

    He was so nice at first but then he turned into a demented slobbering idiot and traitor.

    December 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rol A.

    Jesse Pinkman gets to Alaska and has a family. He loses his wife and has to raise 7 children. They struggle, they laugh, they love.......Vince Gilligan presents, " Breaking Dad ".

    December 4, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. *martin

    Jesse pinkman? as the bomb! he held his own even though he had coward tendencies. he got matured and would knock off walt out of this game. The writer should think of some creative continuation to this.

    December 1, 2013 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. israel

    You had one job! its 6 seasons! how do you have this job?

    November 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      actually, it is five seasons. they just split the fifth into halves.

      November 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    Jesse Pinkman was a drug dealer, drug user, drug maker. He killed 2 people, 1 in cold blood. Ratted out Walt. I think it's a pretty big stretch to say he deserved anything other than jail.

    November 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natalie

      You're kidding, right? Jesse was one of the few characters who had a conscience. He was never happy to just kill; the times he did were revenge. He wasn't a complete degenerate such as Todd who had no qualms about killing kids or a mother. Walt had no qualms about any of the atrocities he committed either, such as poisoning a kid among his other destructive acts. Jesse deserves redemption.

      November 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neil

      You're right Jay. Standing next to Walt and Todd, Jesse looks like a saint, but in a vacuum he belongs in jail. He was the nicest crook in the show so we liked him for it. It's all relative.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • The One Who Knocks

      Natalie, besides the numerous obvious illegal activities Jesse engaged in prior to meeting and bringing Walt into the business, have you forgotten him killing Gale in cold blood?

      Don't say he had to do it to protect Walt (that wouldn't be an excuse anyways), he could have gone to the police and Gale would still be alive.

      Jesse is bad, he even admitted it and came to terms with it in one of the episodes, don't let the crocodile tears fool you!

      December 22, 2013 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |

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