I didn't understand why didn't El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie show how Jesse escaped from Todd's captivity?

Why did the creators not choose to include this crucial scene from the end of Breaking Bad that explains the context of the movie, for anyone who hadn't seen the show?

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    I’m voting to close this question because it is asking why something didn't depict the thing the viewer wanted it to depict, which is completely unanswerable (the current answer just states what that something does depict). – Joachim May 10 at 12:07
  • @Joachim but if someone watched El Camino without previously watching Breaking Bad then they might be confused about this. I can see why its getting downvoted, but I can also see why you might find the lack of this obviously important event to be puzzling. – iandotkelly May 10 at 13:40
  • If anything, the question could explain a little more why it should have been shown. Really as it currently stands it's asking why some random event wasn't depicted and I agree that's kind of nonsensical. If that event is so important for the story, then maybe that belongs into the question's motivation. – Napoleon Wilson May 10 at 22:47
  • @NapoleonWilson - I do get where you're coming from, El Camino is about Jesse's escape, not from actual imprisonment but from his past. But, understanding the movie is entirely predicated on understanding the build up and events of the finale of Breaking Bad. From a filmmakers point of view, I suppose you want to know your audience understands what is happening. My own answer doesn't address that, and I suppose it should. – GeoffAtkins May 11 at 18:46
  • I've edited my answer with as much rationalisation as can be demonstrated from Gilligan's own words, as to why the movie is the way the movie is. – GeoffAtkins May 11 at 18:58

Jesse's escape was a central part of the climax of the finale of Breaking Bad.

The story of El Camino is not about Jesse escaping physical captivity, it's about him coming to terms (as much as possible) with those he hurt and those he lost, before moving onto a new life far away from Albuquerque.

Vince Gilligan hasn't explained why he felt he didn't need to repeat that scene for the beginning of El Camino, to explain the context of the movie to anyone who didn't follow Breaking Bad. But the manner in which the film evolved may shed some light on it.

Initially, it was intended to be a 20 minute "minisode" showing Jesse getting away and finding some sort of redemption. But the story was too complex to condense into a 20 minute TV one-off, so a whole feature length movie was dedicated to it.

However, Vince Gilligan was apparently very aware that this film would be only of interest to an audience who had followed the show to its climax. As such, he chose to not repeat the final scene. While that means anyone who watches the movie who didn't see the show would be utterly lost right from the start, fans of the show (who were the intended audience) would be picking up from right where they left off.


El Camino does not show Jesse escaping from Todd because the final episode of BB shows Jesse killing Todd while escaping.

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    This adds nothing new to the existing and already-accepted answer. It's just a 'me too'. – Tetsujin May 11 at 18:07

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