Read the last pages of Breaking Bad's finale script

News Louisa Mellor 29 Oct 2013 - 07:31

See Jesse and Walt's endings as they were written in the final pages of Breaking Bad's finale script...

As you'd imagine, major Breaking Bad spoilers lie ahead.

Praise be for the visitor at the recent Austin Film Festival exhibition displaying the screenplay for the Breaking Bad finale, for taking these snaps to share with us. They show the Felina script's last two pages, containing the endings for Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, as written by showrunner Vince Gilligan.

Take a look below:

 

CLOSE ANGLE -- JESSE Grimly determined, fearing nothing, he speeds through the darkness. From here on, it's up to us to say where he's headed. I like to call it "something better," and leave it at that.

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: we look straight down on Walt as he tumbles into frame, lying flat on his back on the floor. His eyes stare up at us, lifeless. And yet, his final expression is one of faint satisfaction.

END SERIES. Quite.

Read our spoiler-filled review of the Breaking Bad finale, here.

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There was no actual "final cook" in the finale, so that part didn't make it to screen. A shame, as I thought that was where they were going with it, but I guess we got the point of Walt being there without the equipment chugging away.

END SERIES

(sob)

Interesting that Aaron Paul's performance in his final scene is a good way from 'grimly determined'.

It's taken me weeks to move on and now you make me relive it all again?

I can't take the emotions! I have to Heisenberg myself again!

At that point, I think he played it properly. Jesse was pretty much driven insane and boy did he look it.

Did anyone else start singing, "Guess I got what I deserve... kept you waiting there, too long my love" when you read 'And yet, his final expression is one of faint satisfaction'?

I agree - it's just interesting that Gilligan didn't see it that way when writing - shows how Paul and/or he developed it in the making.

before Todd dragged Jesse into the clubhouse, he said that (IIRC) Jesse is 'finishing a batch': so the 'final cook' in the script refers to the last ever (?) cook of the blue, done by Jesse, and in the last scene Walt smiles, partly because 'He taught Jesse well'.

I might be remembering wrong, but the machines are off and the cook is finished. "The cook is going well" indicates that the original intention was for the cook to be continuing when Walt walks through the lab.

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