Opinion: The Breaking Bad Movie Is A Cover For Better Call Saul Season 5
I really didn’t want to write this article, because of my deep admiration for Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. But after the news broke that Better Call Saul won’t be returning to television until 2020, things started to become clearer for me. I don’t believe there’s going to be a Breaking Bad Movie. I think the events that have occurred with the news breaking about this movie are all a cover for the 5th (and possibly the last) season of Better Call Saul.
What’s The Incentive For A Breaking Bad Movie?
The thing about Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould is that they have absolutely no financial incentive in creating a Breaking Bad movie. Sure, if there’s a creative and personal reasoning behind the idea, then that would be one thing. But if we think about how Gilligan ended Breaking Bad, he was so adamant on ending the series sooner than later. So why would he decide to now decide to rehash the plot of the show for a two-hour AMC special?
I get that there’s more story that could be told, but it still seems like a stretch for Gilligan to suddenly change his mind when Better Call Saul has been doing increasingly well.
What Else Is There For Jesse?
If the movie is going to revolve around Jesse, then let’s think about this for a second. What else is there for Aaron Paul’s character? At the end of Breaking Bad, Jesse has escaped the white supremacist compound, and now has a chance of living a life of peace. If we bring back this story for a movie, what else is there to tell? Does Jesse get tangled up in the criminal world again? Does he try to make amends with the last remnant of his life? All of this just seems like such a stretch.
The great thing about the ending of Breaking Bad was that it allowed our imaginations to fill the blanks. Is Walter truly dead? Did Jesse get his redemption? A movie just seems like a cheap excuse to give us closure.
A Movie Is A Perfect Alabi to Prevent Spoiling Season 5 of BCS
Better Call Saul is at a point where bringing back Breaking Bad plot-points makes more sense. Don’t forget that in Season 4 we got our first Breaking-Bad flashback. If we do get this Breaking Bad movie, where does that leave Better Call Saul? A lot of plot-points could be sealed shut, leaving BCS as a prequel only. Before the series started, we were told that the show would be both a prequel and a sequel, so a movie just seems to be jumping the gun.
Did Michael Mando Spill The Beans?
In an interview with New York Live, Michael Mando (who plays Nacho in BCS) was asked about a potential Breaking Bad movie. He revealed that all he knows is that Vince Gilligan is writing and directing and that Aaron Paul is in it.
Why would Mando know anything about this movie? Especially since Gilligan has “supposedly” removed himself from Better Call Saul, leaving Gould the majority of the duties.
The fact that Mando knows anything about this tells me that maybe he himself is more involved than he wants you to believe. (He talks about the movie around the 4:00 mark.)
Look, a movie may inevitably happen, and I’ll sure as hell want to be the first to watch it. But all the information I know about Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul makes me feel like this is just a cover. And that this movie is just a crux to allow Gilligan and Gould to film Breaking-Bad inspired scenes for the 5th season of Better Call Saul.
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