‘El Camino’ Cameos & ‘Breaking Bad’ / ‘Better Call Saul’ Connections, Explained

     October 12, 2019


***Major spoilers ahead for El Camino and Breaking Bad***

If you haven’t already watched either the big-screen or Netflix premiere of Vince Gilligan‘s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, you should probably rectify that immediately, especially if you’re a fan of the award-winning show and its incredible cast, narrative, and production quality. The movie, which, as our own Matt Goldberg says in his review, is essentially a pair of “lost episodes” strung together, acts as a closer to the story of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), just as Breaking Bad itself closed out Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) tale. So as you might expect, some crossover cameos from the original series popped up in the movie, and we’ll walk you through all of them below.

But first, some thoughts from yours truly; spoilers ahead. I enjoyed the return to the world of Breaking Bad, much as I enjoy the view of said world through the very different lens of Better Call Saul, and was happy to get a bit more closure on the story of Jesse Pinkman. While I would have been happy just believing that he drove to Alaska to live out his days as an artisan, Gilligan & Co. wanted to connect those dots with a more definitive stroke. When it works, it works; when it doesn’t, it’s still enjoyable. There wasn’t much science to be found at all–which is a bummer considering I literally wrote the book on the science of Breaking Bad–but there were plenty of nods to the show itself, including a wonderful if not surprising list of guest stars.

Let’s get into the cameos, starting with the less-spoilery ones since they were seen in the previously released trailers and behind-the-scenes production videos: