It is now Breaking Bad legend that Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman wasn’t a character they planned on keeping around for very long. He would be Walter White’s entry into the world of meth-cooking, and then would be killed at some point in the first season or two. Obviously, things changed, and Aaron Paul impressed the writers so much that he justified keeping himself around.
However, when Paul himself heard about the original plans for his character, he apparently grew paranoid over the course of the following seasons that his death would come, as he revealed to THR.
“At least through like the next season or season and a half, [I thought] this is the time where Jesse [dies]. [Bryan Cranston] didn’t help the situation. That bastard. He would say, ‘Hey, did you read the next script?’ And I’d go, ‘No, did you get it?’ And he would just give me this big hug. ‘Hey, man, it had to end sometime, but at least you go out guns blazing.’ I’d go ‘What are you talking about?’ And he’d say, ‘Just read it and call me, or if you wanna talk…’ And then he’d walk off. I’d turn and go straight into the production office and be like, ‘Give me that damn script,’ and they’re like, ‘It’s not ready.’ ‘Bryan already read it. I have to read it.’ And then I thought, ‘Oh, they’re holding it because they know this is where I die.’”
More than anything, I love the constant stories of how immature Bryan Cranston was on-set. Despite playing one of the most serious characters on TV, he still hung on to that childlike humor that served him well earlier on in his career.
We all know what happened in the end. Walter White met his end in the closing minutes of the show, and Jesse Pinkman went on to live another day — something that would ultimately result in the impending movie El Camino, which follows Jesse after his escape from the Neo-Nazi pit of hell.
I am eager to see what happens next.
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