Next Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Breaking Bad fans in L.A. will be able to visit 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood and check out the Breaking Bad Experience for themselves. Here’s how The Hollywood Reporter describes what it will be like:
The interactive experience will include an assortment of “insta-worthy” set re-creations from all five seasons of the show. Fans of Breaking Bad can enjoy show-inspired libations and bar snacks “up to Wer White’s standards.” The pop-up also will feature a do-it-yourself menu of chemically reactive cocktails and a menu including Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese the Half Measure if you want it crustless and Loaded SAULsa Nachos, “all safely served via hazmat tableside.” The menu also includes themed sides and desserts, as well as vegan and gluten-free options.
“It’s exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience W’s world firsthand,” said Breaking Bad series creator and El Camino director Vince Gilligan.
Back in 2015, Gilligan revealed that discussions were underway to turn Los Pollos Hermanos, the fast food chicken restaurant from the show run by Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring, into an actual restaurant chain. That never came to pass, and now it looks like this might be the closest thing fans get to stepping into the world of the show outside from trekking out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see the locations where they filmed it in person, of course.
General admission tickets are available for $30 right now at the official website. For that price, you get entry into the establishment for up to 90 minutes, plus the guest’s choice of first concoction and a food item. And naturally, you’ll be able to buy additional food and drinks individually if you choose. The Breaking Bad Experience will be open 4-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, starting next week and going all the way through the end of this year.
If you were one of the lucky patrons to devour a Max Burger at Saved by the Max, enjoy the 90210 life at The Peach Pit or gobble down some Good Chunks at Good Burgerthen you will certainly will be ready to throw on your hazmat suit and enter the “ Breaking Bad Experience”, a pop up bar a restaurant which will open its doors on October 16.
From the team that brought you the aforementioned TV experiences, the “ Breaking BadExpeirence” will celebrate the critically acclaimed Emmy-winning AMC drama starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and is timed with the October 11 debut of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix.
“We couldn't be more excited to bring the world of Breaking Bad to life,” said Derek Berry, one of the concept's partners. “We are always looking to further elevate the nostalgic pop-up experience into something both foodies and show fans will love. So, when the timing aligned for this to become our next concept, we saw an opportunity to cook up our most immersive experience yet.”
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan added, “It's exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt's world firsthand.”
Fans of Walt and Jesse, will get be able to dive into Heisenberg's world which will not only the show's trademark RV but also an assortment of Insta-worthy set recreations from all five seasons of the show. The pop-up will feature a restaurant that will include bar snacks and libations inspired by the show including Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese the “Half Measure” if you want it crustless!, and Loaded SAULsa Nachos, all safely served via hazmat tableside.
Tickets for the pop-up are available now. The “ Breaking BadExperience” is located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.
If you've been holding out hope for the miraculous survival of Walter White following his presumed death scene in the Breaking Bad series finale, we've got some pretty bad news for you. Series creator Vince Gilligan recently appeared on The Rich Eisen Show to speak about his career, and before long, the subject turned to Breaking Bad and its upcoming movie sequel El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Concerning details about the movie, Gilligan is keeping his lips sealed, but he did officially confirm the fate of the Walter White character. When asked directly if Walter White is dead, Gilligan had this to say.
"You know what, yeah. I'm gonna give you that one too, Rich, because I love you so much and because it's your fifth anniversary. Yes, Walter White is dead."
Bryan Cranston starred as Walter White in the hit AMC series, co-starring with Aaron Paul as fellow meth cooker Jesse Pinkman. The series follow's Walter's transition from a meek high school teacher turning to drug manufacturing to pay for his cancer treatments into infamous criminal mastermind. Almost immediately, the show became a pop culture phenomenon and has since established a reputation as one of the most beloved TV series of all time. It was just as popular as ever when Vince Gilligan decided to bring it to an end after five seasons and 62 episodes, going out on a high note while leaving fans clamoring for more.
Following Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk reprised the role of crooked lawyer Saul Goodman in the spin-off series Better Call Saul. The series has touched on Saul's life under a new identity after the events of Breaking Bad, but serves mostly as a prequel series to show just how the character came to be. The show has allowed for the returns of many other fan favorites from the original series, such as Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut and Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring. However, neither Cranston nor Paul have appeared on the series as Walter or Jesse at this point in the show, though it remains possible a cameo could still happen in an upcoming season.
While Bryan Cranston could possibly appear in El Camino to reprise the role in a flashback sequence, his involvement has not been confirmed at this time. As we've seen in the trailer, however, Aaron Paul will definitely be back as Jesse Pinkman, serving as the central character in the story. Charles Baker and Matt Jones will also both be returning as Skinny Pete and Badger, Jesse's two closest friends. The movie picks up directly after the events of Breaking Bad and the death of Jesse's former mentor, showing what has since happened with Jesse and giving proper closure to the fan favorite character.
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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will premiere on Netflix and in select theaters just days from now on Oct. 11. Fans of Breaking Bad have been waiting years for this moment You can watch the complete interview with Gilligan below, courtesy of The Rich Eisen Show on YouTube.
“Breaking Bad” famously ended with the image of Walter White on the ground of a meth lab bleeding out from gunshot wounds. The camera pulled up as a smile of satisfaction came across Walter’s face while he lay motionless on the floor. A cop rushed over to check his pulse as the screen cut to black. Series over. The “Breaking Bad” ending suggests Walter White is dead, but writer-director Vince Gilligan never confirmed as much in his script. The ambiguity of the show’s final shot has led “Breaking Bad” fans to wonder over the last six years if Walter was alive or not, and now fans finally have a definitive answer.
Gilligan recently appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” via Esquire to promote the upcoming “Breaking Bad” movie “El Camino” and was asked whether or not Walter is alive or dead. Gilligan has been notoriously non-definitive when it comes to answering this question in the past. In a 2017 Reddit AMA, Gillian replied to a fan, “Sure looked that way to me!,” which was more of a suggestion than an outright confirmation. Fortunately, Gilligan was feeling definitive when speaking with Eisen.
“Yeah, I’m gonna give you that one, Rich, because I love you so much,” Gilligan said. “Yes, Walter White is dead. Yes.”
There you have it, “Breaking Bad” fans: Walter White is dead. But just because Walter is no longer alive in the “Breaking Bad” timeline doesn’t mean he won’t show up in “El Camino.” The “Breaking Bad” movie, which Gilligan wrote and directed, follows Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman in the aftermath of the series finale. The movie picks up right where the series finale left off, but it appears it will include flashback sequences that make a reappearance from the now-dead Walter a big possibility.
The flashback rumors were all but confirmed by Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad” and has reprised the character on prequel series “Better Call Saul.” Banks said on the Emmys red carpet last month that Mike would appear in “El Camino.” The character died in the final season, so a flashback in “El Camino” would only make sense.
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” debuts on Netflix this Friday, October 11.
Ahead of Breaking Bad's Netflix sequel movie, El Camino, I hereby confess to a weakness for “bottle episodes.” When they work, they're fantastic — often heavy on dialogue and emotion and dynamic development, and chock full of reminders of past grievances and hints of more conflict to come. Production teams love these episodes because they're limited in setting and cheaper to crank out. They're also primers on how and why characters relate to each other in the varying ways that they do. Suspicions surface, motivations expose themselves, and maybe a resolution occurs, but often not. What matters is that we received a Walter White/Jesse Pinkman counterpart to The Sopranos' “Pine Barrens,” all drenched in nihilism and suggesting high-stakes revelations. Or Atlanta's “Teddy Perkins” when it comes to packing a tension-filled, unsettling punch. Or even like Justified's “Blowback” in terms of playing with authority-figure dynamics. All these bottle episodes succeed, but none of them do so the same way as Breaking Bad's third season effort, “The Fly.”
Really, if you've got very little catch-up time — and let's face it, you're a busy person with a stuffed Netflix and Hulu and Amazon and HBO queue already — this is one episode to revisit before El Camino arrives on October 11.
Alan Sepinwall loved “The Fly” when it aired, and the thing still holds up. I've rewatched this Rian Johnson-directed episode twice ahead of the Jesse-centered movie, and there's a reason why it lands on almost every top 10 episode list including our own. I do think it's my favorite of the series. Yes, I'm serious and unsophisticated and realize that most folks prefer “Ozymandias” or “Felina,” and I'll take those punches. Yet “The Fly” acts as a companion to the scene that Aaron Paul recommended rewatching within a season 3 episode, “One Minute,” when Jesse attempts to shove Walt out of his life. That'll catch you up on Jesse's mindset going into the film, but “The Fly” comes a few episodes later. It fleshes out the structure behind the corrupt dynamic, and it shows Walt unable to steer the train no matter how hard he struggles. It's funny, and oh, it's dark.
We begin with Walt crunching numbers in his lab now his refuge from his shattered world, and soon enough, he's lunging with a clipboard at an insect. This swiftly devolves into busted glass, a terrible fall, and oh yes a boot thrown in desperation and futility.
Of course, none of this drama so far is really about a fly.
Yet all the persistent annoyance dredged up by this buzzing nuisance keeps tensions high. It's a splendidly executed episode, and the absurdity of Walt's quest leaves Jesse looking like the completely levelheaded one, as soon as he reenters the scene to a wild-eyed Walt. The man known as Heisenberg, who runs a meth manufacturing empire despite the supposed 50/50 partnership at hand, is now gripped within a paralyzing fear of losing that control. At least, that's the widely accepted interpretation of this episode, given that Walt rants about this tiny “contamination” that could, as he declares before episode's end, leave them dead if the menace is not eradicated.
Sometimes an actor lands a role or project that becomes so successful that they can seemingly never do anything else. To the hordes of actors toiling in obscurity, this may sound like a good problem to have. Almost six years to the day after the last episode of “Breaking Bad” aired, and after struggling to make the transition from TV icon to movie star, Aaron Paul is starting to see it that way, too. The actor, who became synonymous with his character Jesse Pinkman in Vince Gilligan’s Emmy-winning AMC series, will return to his star-making role this fall in Netflix’s hotly-anticipated “Breaking Bad” movie, “El Camino.”
After a string of failed movie roles, Paul is looking forward to revisiting Jesse. “I was so spoiled at the of ‘Breaking Bad,’ I was being offered everything.” Paul told Vulture during a recent interview. His first plum movie roles after “Breaking Bad,” including a lead part in the race-car drama “Need For Speed” and another in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” flopped with critics and audiences.
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“You do one commercial film that's not the success they think it's going to be, and you're damned,” he added.
After a few missed opportunities, including one “monster, monster hit” that is too painful to name, Paul was ready to revisit Jesse. “There were some big thorns in my side that I had to let go,” he said. “My wife knew all of this was going on, so when I told her what Vince wanted to do, she threw her arms around me. She knew it was an opportunity for me to spread my wings again.”
While details have been kept tightly under wraps, the plot will center around Jesse in the aftermath of the “Breaking Bad” series finale. The official synopsis for “El Camino” reads: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.” Jonathan Banks recently let slip that he will be making an appearance in the film as his fan favorite character Mike Ehrmantraut, opening the door for the return of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White. Walter’s appearance would undoubtedly have a tremendous emotional impact on Jesse.
“It was easy to access those emotions, man,” Paul said of returning to the character. “It was all very much still in me, and it was nice to release those feelings again. … I look at the world completely differently [since] having my daughter … I see Jesse as this damaged soul — as this guy who's just hurting — even more now.”
Though Paul didn’t weigh in on the Netflix versus movie theater debate, he seems content with his version of stardom. “I can't live with that pressure on me, nor will I. I'm happy.” He’ll next be seen in another small screen hit, when he joins the cast of HBO’s “Westworld” for its third season, kicking off sometime in 2020.
Netflix will release “El Camino” on its streaming platform on October 11, and will offer a special weekend-only theatrical engagement in some cities, running October 11 – 13.