Will Walter kill Jesse on Breaking Bad?
by Allison Waldman, posted May 20th 2009 2:06PM
A few weeks ago, I got to speak with Bryan Cranston about Breaking Bad winning a Peabody Award. In the course of that conversation, Bryan told me that writer/creator Vince Gilligan had considered killing the character of Jesse Pinkman at the end of last season. This was a bit of shock to me, but according to Bryan, what saved Jesse was Aaron Paul's performance. "He has this puppy dog quality even when he's doing the most despicable things," Bryan told me.
Well, as I watched Breaking Bad the other night, it occurred to me that Jesse's days might be numbered. In fact, Jason alluded to the possibility in his review; those two dead bodies lying under blankets that have been beside the White pool in the season-long foreshadowed crime scene could be Jane and Jesse.
It makes sense, too. Jesse has been failing Walter with regularity of late, and as Gustavo pointed out when he explained why he wasn't interested in becoming Walt's distributor, Jesse is a drug addict. His drug habit took a massively nasty turn when he had Jane inject him with heroin (although what an amazing scene to the tune of the song "Enchanted"). Anyway, what are the chances that Walter continues putting up with Jesse's screw-ups?
If Breaking Bad goes down the dark path that Vince has been taking the show, Walter could definitely cut his losses with Jesse. Remember, Breaking Bad is essentially Walter's journey (not Walter and Jesse's), so him turning into a certifiable, stone-cold killer could be exactly what's going to happen, especially since Walter is so protective of his family and thinks he may not survive the operation.