Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan Speaks Up About Jesse's Post-Finale Fate: 'He Got Away'

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Breaking Bad Series Finale JesseIf you are one of the many Breaking Bad fans who desperately hoped Jesse made a clean getaway after the events of the series’ finale, take heart: Series creator Vince Gilligan is one, too.

“My personal feeling is that he got away,” Gilligan tells GQ, though the mastermind behind the AMC drama also acknowledges the reality of Pinkman’s escape from the Nazis’ compound.

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Last we saw Jesse, he refused to kill his former mentor Walt, then jumped in a car and sped away from the underground meth lab where he was held prisoner. He was crying. He was laughing. He was finally free.

But maybe not for long, Gilligan says.

“But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kid’s fingerprints all over this lab, and they’re going to find him within a day or a week or a month,” Gilligan says. “And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents.”

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Still, if Walt could stay hidden in a New Hampshire cabin for nearly a year, who’s to say that his protege might not have a similar fate?

Though Jesse’s arrest is “the most likely outcome,” Gilligan says, “the way I see it is that he got away and got to Alaska, changed his name, and had a new life.You want that for the kid. He deserves it.”

Comments (25)

  • I hope he got away for good. Poor Jesse.

    Comment by JJ – November 26, 2013 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He found happiness. That´s all i´m willing to believe.

    Comment by Bea – November 26, 2013 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m sure Jesse got away………Maybe he found Andrea’s son and took him along he cares about him so……..there sould be some happiness and he DOES deserved it!

    Comment by Jax&Juice's Girl – November 26, 2013 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I’m sure being kidnapped and living on the lam would be just what that kid would want after his mom was murdered.

      Comment by Kendall – November 26, 2013 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Imo Jesse went to have a quite life in Alaska and left Brock’s grandmother raise him

      Comment by Alex Potter – November 26, 2013 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am completely forgetting something. What 2 Federal Agents?

    Comment by Big Mike – November 26, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Walter’s brother in-law and his partner agent gomez (i think that’s his name).

      Comment by Jax&Juice's Girl – November 26, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • How would he be on the hook for those murders? One look at his swollen, scarred face proves that he was kidnapped and tortured by the nazi’s. Plus, the confession tape/paperwork generated would show he was working WITH Hank as a CI.

        Comment by Big Mike – November 26, 2013 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jessie deserves it? I don’t get the love for Jessie. He was complicit in 90% of the crimes that Walt was involved in and moreover he was the impetus for almost all of the bad things that happens in the show.
    So many times Walt had to save Jessie or make bad decisions because of Jessie’s actions. And even in the end, when Walt saved his life (after doing so numerous times) Jessie still cant thank Walt. Jessie should have died along with Walt.

    Comment by Justin – November 26, 2013 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love Jesse, but even I have to disagree with the whole “He deserves it” sentiment. He murdered three people, including Gale, who was probably one of the more innocent characters to have appear on BB. He used to purposely go to drug support meetings, and get people hooked on meth again.

      Comment by neha – November 26, 2013 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if the feds eventually found him but it wouldn’t make anysense for them to want to arrest him for Hank and Gomie’s murder. All the people who even knew that Jesse was at the desert are dead and Im assuming Skyler most likely connected the dots for the DEA when she tells them that Walt basically said that he was going to kill the men who killed Hank

    Comment by Alex Potter – November 26, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’ll get away and find a nice job working in a lumber yard up in Alaska. Little does he know he’s working with a runaway serial killer named Dexter…

    Comment by Matt Alex – November 26, 2013 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good one!

      Comment by Rich Abey – November 26, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is so perfect

      Comment by P.Bateman – March 18, 2014 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do we always have to guess about what happens in the “future” of the episode? The point is he got away free and the show ended. Can’t we just be happy in the moment?

    Comment by TL – November 26, 2013 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m with you on this. Gilligan should have just kept quiet and left it up to the viewer to decide.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – November 27, 2013 12:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a fictional show. Jesse is not a real person. Unless a sequel is written for all we know Jesse could have been kidnapped by a UFO or won the lottery. Besides, everyone knows the show was really Hal’s from “‘Malcolm in the Middle”s dream.

    Comment by Andy J – November 26, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He deserves it? To get away? Murder… selling drugs that resulted in countless ruined lives (and lives lost in impaired accidents, overdoses, etc…)… He may have been a more sympathetic villian than Walt, and he may have faced more pain throughout the series for his choices than Walt – but he did not deserve to get away. He made his choices. He chose the life before Walt did.

    Comment by Mr. John – November 26, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly! He told Jane that he taught Walt to cook! ( ChiliP!) Jesse was no innocent! He was a meth dealer!

      Comment by Willie Winkwood – November 28, 2013 03:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The life Jesse had before he Amd Walt teamed up never would have included murder, or anyone like Gus, or even Saul. Walt took a confused kid and used him for the working knowledge he had of the drug world. And yes, a real, emotional (and complicated) relationship existed between them, but Walt was absolutely the instigator.

    Several times in the show Jesse wants to leave the drug world, but each time Walt reels him back in. Jesse is set up to suffer for every mistake Walt makes, and while yes, sure, he’s made more than a few of his own, its Walt that’s constructed the world in which Jesse feels trapped, helpless, and compelled to fight back – often in the worse way possible. So no, Jesse isn’t 100% innocent, but he does absolutely deserve some kind of happy ending.

    Comment by Rachael – November 26, 2013 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How do you know that Jessie’s life wouldn’t have included murder? He was a Meth head junkie dealer, I would say that he had a good chance of being involved in a murder.
      And all the talk of Jessie being pulled back into the drug world is BS. Jessie could have taken his money and left a few times. In fact after he threw away his money (he literally THREW his money away) Walt gave him some more and a free ticket out of the life and he still came back to try and get even.
      Walt lost way more than Jessie did (His life, his wife and kids, 90% of his money for his family) and most of it because of Jessie’s actions.

      Comment by Justin – November 27, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Absolutely agree! Jesse was a liability! Never trust a junkie! If Walt had dumped him and worked with Gus he would have had his money, his family and a longer life! Hank and Gomie would still be alive and maybe Brock’s Mom too!

        Comment by Willie Winkwood – November 28, 2013 03:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The clockwork orange conundrum

    Comment by P.Bateman – March 18, 2014 04:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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