The New Mexico police put out an APB on Jessie Pinkman, white male, early twenties, in connection with a mass shooting at a meth lab compound. Walter White, the notorious drug kingpin known as Heisenberg, was found dead at the scene. A satisfied grin on his face. The police were led to Jesse Pinkman by fingerprints left at the scene.
When Breaking Bad ended Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) was speeding away from the scene of the carnage. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) had just laid waste to his successors in the blue meth trade. There has been a lot of speculation as to what happened to the surviving partner. Vince Gilligan, who created Breaking Bad, has been sitting back watching old Columbo episodes since the show closed shop. But he took the time to snitch on Jesse Pinkman to GQ.
For the uninitiated, which is probably like four people at this point, Breaking Bad told the story of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-dealer. It was more than a TV show, it was a social phenomenon.
Gilligan says Jesse Pinkman got away, but not for long. He said “My personal feeling is that he got away. But 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. 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.”
Gilligan said Jesse started out “as kind of a prick. He’s just kind of a douchebag.” That changed when Aaron Paul was cast. Paul was too sweet a guy not to give a heart to Pinkman. “I mean, he’d still say `Yo, bitch’ and smoke a lot of pot and be kind of annoying, but we realized he had heart.
Gilligan also said he didn’t think Walter White was on a suicide mission. He fully intended to off his ex-partner. He says, “I think he’d want to relish his victory. If I had to guess, it was like, “The cops aren’t going to take me, no matter what. I’m probably going to get killed in the midst of this. I may have to shoot it out with any survivors,” or who knows what.…”
Gilligan saw people cheering for the anti-hero and found it an interesting social reaction. “I think I started to root for Walt a little more in the final couple of episodes. I would argue he did the most nasty, sadistic thing he had ever done in our third-from-final episode, where he says to Jesse, “I watched Jane die.” But in that same episode, he also did a couple of the kindest and most selfless things he had ever done. That episode really encompassed the duality of this character. He could be good, and he could be bad.”