Breaking Bad recap ahead of El Camino: What happened to Jesse Pinkman and Walter White at the end of season 5?

Metro Entertainment 2 months ago
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Where did the characters of Breaking Bad end up? (Picture: AMC)

Warning: Contains spoilers for Breaking Bad, obviously.

Breaking Bad is back in the spotlight with the release of follow-up movie El Camino, but it’s perhaps been a while since your last encounter with Walter White and co.

The new Netflix movie picks up directly after events in Breaking Bad season five, which saw Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) drive to freedom after escaping his white supremacist captors.

Considering the show began way back in 2008, concluding in September 2013, you might be left scratching your heads when it comes to remembering where exactly the characters ended up.

Need a refresher? Here’s what happened to the key characters in Breaking Bad after the season five finale.

Walter White

Walter White at the end of Breaking Bad
Walter White at the end of Breaking Bad (Picture: AMC)

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) died from a gunshot wound inflicted during his assault on Jack Welker’s (Michael Bowen) hideout, after mowing down his white supremacist supporters with a modified M60 machine gun.

Walter shoots Jack in the face, similarly to how Jack killed Hank (Dean Norris), allowing a captured Jesse Pinkman to escape. As Jesse gets out of his handcuffs, Walt passes the gun to Jesse and tells him to shoot him. Jesse, in tears, refuses unless Walt tells him he wants it.

Walt assures Jesse he wants to die, but Jesse drops the gun. It’s argued Jesse notices Walt’s gunshot wound and tells Walter to ‘do it himself’, although it could be seen as Jesse finally breaking away from Walter’s grip over him once and for all, leaving on his own terms.

After telling Lydia (Laura Fraser) he poisoned her with ricin over the phone and seeing Jesse depart, Walter enters Jack’s meth lab and looks nostalgically over the equipment, before he dies on the floor as the police arrive.

Jesse Pinkman

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad
Jesse Pinkman flees Jack’s compound at the end of season five (Picture: AMC)

In season five, Jesse is kidnapped by white supremacists and forced to cook meth for leader Jack, who is the uncle of Walter White’s drug distributor Todd (Jesse Plemons).

After the death of Jesse’s girlfriend Jane (Krysten Ritter) back in season two, Jesse is dealt another heartbreaking blow after he refuses to cook anymore meth for Jack’s group. As punishment for his refusal and trying to escape, Todd forces Jesse to watch as he kills his girlfriend Andrea (Emily Rios) with a silenced pistol at her home, sparing her kid Brock (Ian Posada). What happens to Brock after the death of his mother is unknown.

After Walt invades the compound and rescues Jesse from captivity, killing Jack and Todd in the process, Jesse gets in Todd’s El Camino car, where he’s seen laughing and crying hysterically as he drives to freedom.

Skyler, Walter White Jr, and Holly

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Walter White Jr splits up Skyler and Walter from fighting (Picture: AMC)

After assisting Walter White in his crimes, Skyler (Anna Gunn) is interrogated by the DEA for information on him. Later that night, she is ambushed by Todd and the neo-nazi group, who warn her not to say anything about Lydia’s involvement in Walt’s activities after meeting her previously.

Skyler is later forced to move to an apartment with daughter Holly and Walter Jr (RJ Mitte) after all her assets are seized by the DEA. She takes a job as a taxi dispatcher.

Walt meets Skyler one last time, where he confesses he built his drug empire for his own enjoyment and not to help the family, contrary to what he always claimed. Skyler lets Walter hold Holly one last time, before he hands Skyler a lottery ticket with the coordinates for Hank and Gomez’s burial site – presumably so she can strike a deal with the DEA for her freedom.

After discovering the truth about his father, Walt Jr can’t bring himself to forgive him for his crimes. In their last exchange over phone, Walt Jr yells at his father, ‘You killed Uncle Hank!’ repeatedly, before telling him to go die himself.

Walt Jr is last seen as Walter notices him walking back home from school to their new apartment. Realising he doesn’t want anything to do with him, Walt leaves him alone.

Hank and Marie Schrader

Hank and Marie in Breaking Bad
Marie and Hank watching Walt’s confession is one of the show’s best scenes (Picture: AMC)

Hank is executed by Jack during a confrontation in the desert, along with his partner Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada).

Hank’s wife Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), unaware of his death, forces Skyler to admit everything to her son Walt Jr, which encourages Skyler to turn against Walter in order to protect her family.

Marie finds out about Hank’s death from Walter over the phone, while she attempts to comfort the family when he runs off with daughter Holly. As the Schrader household is searched for Jesse Pinkman’s confession tape evidence, Marie is sent to a safehouse following concerns for her safety.

It’s believed Skyler and Marie broke off contact following the incident, with Marie’s last moments on the show seeing her warn Skyler that Walter White is back in the area over the phone, telling her to keep safe.

Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman

Breaking Bad Saul Goodman
Walter White and Saul Goodman had one last chat (Picture: Ursula Coyote/AMC)

After Heisenberg’s identity is revealed, Saul is given a new identity and heads off to Nebraska to protect his own skin.

Before he departs, he encounters Walter White one last time who is also waiting to be extracted from New Mexico. As Walter tries to convince Saul to stay together, he refuses, which prompts an angry outburst.

His attempt at intimidating Saul is cut short, however, by a coughing fit due to his cancer, which prompts Saul to say, ‘it’s over’, before he heads out for his new life. His future is later explored in spin-off Better Call Saul, where he works at a shopping mall under the name Gene Takovic.

Mike Ehrmantraut

Breaking Bad Mike
Mike had a tragic end (Picture: AMC)

Mike is killed by Walter White after the latter blames him for everything which has gone wrong in the aftermath of Gus Fring’s death – enraging Walter to the point where he shoots him.

Mike manages to make his way towards the river bank with a bullet wound, before Walter tries to apologise. ‘Shut the f**k up, and let me die in peace,’ Mike replies, as he passes away by the river.

Skinny Pete and Badger

Skinny Pete and Badger in Breaking Bad
Badger and Skinny Pete will be back for El Camino (Picture: AMC)

Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Brandon ‘Badger’ Mayhew (Matthew Lee Jones) are Jesse’s close friends who assist with the distribution of drugs.

In season five, Badger and Skinny Pete help Walter trick Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz into believing he had hired hitmen to track them, ensuring they give his fortune to Walt Jr.

Both of them are set to encounter Jesse in El Camino after he escapes the white supremacist group.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie releases 11 October on Netflix.

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