Six years have passed since the last episode of Breaking Bad was released and although anyone who watched all five seasons will surely rate it among the most stunning TV shows ever created, you could well be forgiven for forgetting some of the smaller details.
You will undoubtedly remember the closing moments for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, but creator Vince Gilligan is one of the most talented writers of his generation and no single shot or scene was ever wasted.
One of Breaking Bad’s most addictive qualities was the depth of the writing, the tiny hidden details and the collection of Easter Eggs for fans to devour on Reddit. All of this means, you may well need a refresher before starting El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - which is released at 8am on Friday, October 11th on Netflix.
Here are our top tips for the key episodes to rewatch on Netflix…
Pilot: Season 1 episode 1
If you’re going to see the end of Jesse Pinkman’s journey, you need to remember where it all began. The iconic opening sequence, the unforgettable sight of Bryan Cranston in his underwear and the early signs of incredible chemistry between Paul and Cranston are all reasons to rewatch the series premiere. But more importantly, it’s also the first time Jesse finds himself in more trouble than he can handle – a recurring theme in the series.
Cancer Man: Season 1 episode 4
What would Jesse have become if Walter White hadn’t come into his life? Although we’ll never have the answer, this episode revealed the reasons that Jesse fell so easily into the role of criminal sidekick. Taking us back to Jesse’s parents house, we see a very different life that was within his grasp. The episode also gives us a classic moment of Jesse heartbreak as he takes the fall for his brother Jake – one of those beautiful glimpses into the soul of the character that Vince Gilligan delivers again and again.
Peekaboo: Season 2 episode 6
It is well documented that the character of Jesse was originally going to die in season one. However, the casting of Aaron Paul quickly changed all that as Vince Gilligan and the crew quickly became aware of the chemistry between the cast and the huge heart of this character.
It was clear at this point in season two that Jesse was so much more than a side-story to Walter White and this solo episode for Aaron Paul is one of the most touching and memorable in the whole series.
Phoenix: Season 2 episode 12
Arguably the most powerful episode in the show’s history, it was one of the moments where Breaking Bad elevated itself into something more than just a really good TV drama. It became something with an emotional hold over its audience.
Phoenix was the episode where we saw Jesse’s dreams shattered and ripped apart in the most brutal fashion. Will El Camino finally give Pinkman peace? Or should we expect more shocks and horrors like Phoenix?
One Minute: Season 3 episode 7
Probably Aaron Paul’s finest hour in the whole series, this was the one episode that he rewatched before filming El Camino – so it clearly has some significance to the actor.
Featuring a couple of jaw-dropping speeches from a battered and beaten down Jesse, the moment he told Walter: “I have never been more alone. I have nothing! No one” is one of the most significant junctions in Jesse’s story.
It was the moment that he truly saw Walter for the villain he was (or was becoming, depending on your point of view). But did the actions of Walter before he died change Jesse’s perspective on his old mentor?
Felina – Season 5 episode 16
El Camino will flow directly from the end of the series, so you’d be foolish not to remind yourself how it all ended six years ago in that gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, glorious finale.
Walter’s last stand. Jesse’s break for freedom. We presumed the final chapter in their relationship has been written – but that’s all about to change.
How to watch El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres on Netflix on October 11, 2019.
It is released at 8am in the UK.
It will also be shown in selected cinemas for a limited period from October 11 to October 13.