‘Breaking Bad’: The Final Scene Between Walt and Jesse in ‘Felina’ Was Inspired By a John Wayne Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman

There are so many small parts that make the ultimate three episodes of the AMC drama Breaking Bad superb. The award-winning sequence, which many think about the best of all time, supplied a becoming ending to each single character and absolutely concluded the story of Walter White.

“Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode of Breaking Bad,
is taken into account by many critics to be the most effective hour of tv in existence.
But, the
series finale
, “Felina,” additionally bought excessive marks for execution.

Movie buffs acknowledged that the episode paid homage to a traditional country-western film. Here’s how showrunner Vince Gilligan was impressed by The Searchers.

What occurred within the ‘Breaking Bad’ sequence finale?

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman
Jesse Pinkman, Walter White, and Uncle Jack | Ursula Coyote/AMC

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By the final episode of Breaking Bad, Walt is on a mission to proper as many wrongs as he can along with his estranged household and former companion, Jesse. He comes out of hiding and returns to Albuquerque the place he ambushes his former business companion, Elliot Schwartz, and makes him the custodian of his secret cash stash. This transfer lastly achieves Walt’s unique purpose: monetary safety for his household after demise.

Walt visits Skyler and admits that his motivation for
changing into a drug lord wasn’t for anybody in addition to himself. Later, he rigs a machine
gun into the trunk of his automobile to wipe out Uncle Jack and his white supremacist
gang, plus save Jesse who was being held captive there.

There’s refined symbolism all through ‘Felina’

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Looking carefully on the Breaking Bad finale reveals so many tiny particulars added in by Gilligan.

The title itself is an anagram for “finale,” plus references the Martin Robbins track “El Paso.” The title additionally breaks down into becoming chemistry symbolism and actually means iron (Fe), lithium (Li), and sodium (Na), which may symbolize blood, sweat, and tears and even blood, meth, and tears, Screen Rant reported.  

And that’s not all. The ultimate interplay between Walt and
Jesse took a cue from a John Wayne film.

Vince Gilligan drew inspiration from ‘The Searchers’

The SearchersThe Searchers
The Searchers | Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

The Searchers is a 1956 Western movie starring John Wayne as a middle-aged civil battle veteran looking for his kidnapped niece. Eventually, he finds her however she is so damaged and broken by that time it’s like she’s a unique individual. Even although Wayne’s character had meant to kill her, he decides to not.

Gilligan stated he had that scene in thoughts when Walt and Jesse reunite after Jesse’s lengthy, troublesome time in captivity.

“John Wayne is chasing after Natalie Wood’s character; she’s been taken by the Comanches, and he keeps saying, ‘When I find her, I’m gonna kill her.’ When he finds her, he sweeps her up and says, ‘Let’s go home,’” Gilligan stated.

“We stole from the best,” he admitted.

Walt in all probability wished to kill Jesse initially

Bryan Cranston stated after the episode aired that he believed Walt had wished to kill Jesse, too, however can’t convey himself to do it as soon as he sees the state Jesse is in. Producer and head author Peter Gould defined how he knew they couldn’t have made the character undergo extra.

“We actually felt that Jesse had suffered sufficient — possibly not
objectively, however in dramatic phrases,” Gould informed The
Hollywood Reporter
. “The present is unquestionably a darkish present, but it surely’s not darkish
for the sake of attempting to shock. We actually felt fairly early on that we wished
Jesse to reside.”

It was a great choice. Thanks to Jesse escaping, it paved the way in which for the profitable sequel, El Camino:  A Breaking Bad Movie, which defined what occurred to Jesse after his dramatic escape in “Felina.”

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