Breaking Bad Alternative Endings

Breaking Bad Alternative Endings

Jack Marchesani

WARNING. SPOILERS.

The day has come. Walter White is dead. Jesse is free. Things in Alberquque have been set to justice (Vince Gilligan justice). If you watch and follow AMC’s hit drama Breaking Bad, you know all of this already. What I can also tell you is that since the show ended you’ve been experiencing sweaty palms, headaches, and stomach pains. Am I psychic? Am I a doctor? Am I a psychic doctor? Maybe. What I also know is that I have been experiencing the same feelings as well. It’s simple. We NEED more Breaking Bad. You have two choices. You can either start an underground meth business yourself, or you could just read this article. The Breaking Bad nerd in me and in all of us wants more. I have taken this opportunity to seek out some of the best minds/biggest meth-lovers on campus to hear how the tale of “The One Who Knock” could have/should have ended. This should satisfy you all at least until “Better Call Saul” comes out.

 

1.The Show gets as Dark as it Can               (Jack Marchesani ’15)

This picks up from where we see Hank die. Everything is the same except before Jesse is taken by the Arian Brotherhood he manages to fire a bullet, from a hidden revolver, at Walt.

Since he is under a car, the bullet only pierces Walt’s leg.

Jesse is taken to cook for the Nazis and Walt makes his escape, but only after fighting his family (Walter Jr does not call the police).

Fast forward to Walt’s return. He has been living in New Hampsire, a state whose motto is “Live Free or Die Hard.” Walter, inspired by his anger of Jesse’s gun shot, and the shocking phone call with Walter Jr hijacks a Volvo, without turning himself into the police, and returns to Albuerqueque.

Meanwhile at the DEA office the search for Hank continues to no avail. Suspicion has turned to the ever-purple Marie who has been taken into custody. Skylar, WJ, and Holly remain in at Negra Arroyo, in constant fear of the return of the disguised black masked men (Arian Brotherhood). They know nothing of Walt or where he has gone to. They only know his meth business has taken him away, and they hope to move on.

Walt comes into town with the intent of seeking revenge on the Arian brotherhood and Jesse. Walt also has the intent of reuniting his family. His mental state has deteriorated and he lives in the delusion in which he could accomplish such tasks. Walt returns to the house, and, ends up killing Skyler over the long fought battle of allowing Walt to live in the house. The murder is partially inspired by Walt’s newfound insanity, and by his true hatred over his family’s lack of appreciation. The camera cuts to his eyes after the murder clearly displaying his madness. Walter Jr calls 911 this time in a final act of disrespect.

Walt then leaves the house with the police on his tail and a revolver in his pocket. He goes to the location of the Arian Brotherhood. He manages to set Jesse free from his sewer-prison. Following an effortless struggle, Jesse pins down Walt, and, realizing he has a gun, agrees to let Walt up and if they can team up for revenge. The two go to kill Jack, Todd,  and the Nazis.

Walt fashions a chemical weapon using supplies from the lab Jesse has unlocked. They use this to kill the man. Walt and Jesse, in a buddy cop style, kill Jack and Todd with a single gunshot, respectively. Jesse comes to the final conclusion that simply things have gone too far. He wasn’t able to avenge Jane, he wasn’t able to avenge Andrea, and he wasn’t able to make right with Walt over Brock’s poisoning. Jesse realizes that Skyler is the last straw.

For the good of everyone Jesse pulls a gun on Walter. Quickly, without the audience expecting, he kills Walt. Walt falls to the floor and dies like a dog. Again shocking the audience, Jesse finds it all too much. He turns the gun on himself. In the background we hear the wail of police sirens called by an onlooker. He is shaking horribly.

Cut to black in a Sopranos-style ending.

2. Just Like Old Times

(Kieran Sweeney ’15)

 

The final episode of Breaking Bad, in many ways, gave audiences across America closure. Though not perfectly, the finale neatly ended the life of Walter White, and the story of Jesse Pinkman. There aren’t many things I would change, for I was extremely satisfied by “Felina.”

However, there is an alternative way that the last scene could have played out.

Walt returns to New Mexico and sneaks into Jack and Todd’s hideout. Once there, he finds Jesse in the lab and the two devise a plan using their knowledge of cooking to kill Jack and his men. They simulate an explosion to draw the adversaries in, only to trap them inside and fill the lab with phosphine gas, similarly to the earlier episodes of the series with Krazy 8.

Walt and Jesse successfully defeat the others, and Jesse leaves in the El Camino. Walt seemed to have inhaled too much of the phosphine gas and collapses to the ground. We then go back to Jesse pulling out, glancing back at Walt, almost symbolizing how that part of his life was finally over and he was free. Jesse pulls out a map from the glove compartment, and the camera zooms in on Alaska, where he wanted to start his life. The show ends there.

(Note that the previous scenes in earlier episodes involving Walt’s purchase of the gun would have to be cut out to fit this ending.)

 

3. 99.1% Pure

(Matt Lanetti ’15)

Walt dies saving the life of Jesse, after realizing that he himself is an Ozymandias figure. He dies among the chemistry and the “magic” of the lab, in Walt Whitman “The learn’ed astronomer” style.

I actually thought Walt’s death was very well done, and I wouldn’t change much.

After Walt’s death scene as the camera is pulling up away from his fallen body, the scene switches to a sky view of Jesse driving away in the Chevy El Camino, with the camera continuing to rise and rise in the black night until we can no longer see the headlights of the black El Camino. As the black on black scene slowly fades away and all we see is black, we hold it there for a brief moment giving the audience the illusion that the show is over.

But then, audio starts playing on the black screen. The audience immediately recognizes the audio as the home movie the White’s made in the first few episodes on Holly’s baby shower. The black screen flicks on to show the low resolution video to accompany the audio. The camera falls backward slowly as the home movie continues to play, revealing that it is being played on an old trashy TV in a rather trashy apartment.

As the camera continues to fall back, the TV screen takes up a small amount now of the actual scene. A dark silhouette of a girl in around her 20s is sitting on a dilapidated couch, bathed in the light of other days. Because the only light in the room is from the TV, we are unable to make out any details other than it’s a girl in her 20s.

The home video ends, the TV goes dead, and after a moment our silhouette bends down over a glass coffee table in front of her. A camera, positioned under the glass table looking up, shows in detail the girl inhaling through her nose Heisenberg’s 99.1% pure crystal blue persuasion.  The scenario hints that it is in fact baby Holly. And then… executive producer Vince Gilligan.

4. A Work of Art

(Mrs. Plows)

Teaser begins with a flashback to Mr. White wrapping up one of his chemistry classes, back in his teaching days.  He shakes his head at a student’s illustration of the periodic table that is full of fantastic, artistic cartoons and illustrations – but also full of red ‘x’ marks next to misplaced elements.  We notice that the work is signed ‘Jesse.’  When he hands back the assignment, Jesse slams his fist on the desk, and rants that now that there is no more art class at the school, no one appreciates his real talents.  He folds the periodic table into an elaborate paper airplane, and sends it flying into the credits.

Walter reflects back on this incident while he is holed up in the cabin.  He doodles.  He imagines a different Jesse, a young man who never would have gotten into dealing drugs, but instead invites his science teacher to his latest city art openings.  He realized that if he had never encountered his former student as a deviant, he probably never would have assembled his meth-cooking operation.  He forms a plan.

When Walter visits Elliot and Gretchen, we notice that he carefully observes all of the art decorating their home.  This scene plays out much the same as the real finale – except that instead of swearing the couple to give the money to his children (because, seriously, we know that Walter, Jr. would never touch it anyhow), he pledges them to donate the money to re-establish the art department at his former school.

Maybe he suggests a couple of new science labs, too.  We all know that lab space and time is in short supply at many schools – even expensive prep schools.

When Walter and Skyler reunite – same scene.  “I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive.”  He continues, after a pause, “Everyone deserves a chance to realize his passion.”

Same endgame scene – with a couple of differences.  Instead of closing the series with Jesse driving away like a madman, we meet him again after his drive, sitting on an overlook in the desert, painting a watercolor sunset – a symbol of a new start for him, and for others like him.

And when Walter dies – his vision fades into the sunset of Jesse’s painting.