Breaking Bad: What's in Jesse Pinkman's Mysterious Letter in El Camino?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for El Camino, A Breaking Bad Movie, now streaming on Netflix.

In the final moments of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) finally gains freedom from the shackles of the meth empire he built with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) during the five-season run of the acclaimed AMC drama.

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Following the events of the 2013 series finale, writer/director Vince Gilligan puts Jesse through another arduous journey in Albuquerque as he collects enough money for Ed the "Disappearer" (Robert Forster) to provide him with a new identity. However, a big moment comes when Ed hands over all the documents to Jesse in his new home in Alaska, only to be given a letter that Jesse wants delivered to someone special. It's mysterious right until the end, when we see the name of the intended recipient: Brock Cantillo.

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Jesse has a storied history with the Cantillo family, and this is his attempt to make amends to Brock (Ian Posada) after bringing repeated tragedy to their doorstep. Brock is the son of Jesse's ex girlfriend Andrea (Emily Rios), whom he met in rehab and tried to go clean for on a couple occasions. However, Walt poisoned Brock in a bid to manipulate Jesse and turn him against Gus Fring. Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons) later killed Andrea in Season 5 as punishment for Jesse attempting to turn on the Nazi drug-dealing gang.

That brought a brutal end to a romance that was destined for disaster from the start. After all, Jesse inadvertently caused the death of Andrea's little brother, Tomás (Angelo Martinez), in a turf war. What made it worse was Andrea had nothing to do with the meth ring; she was merely another victim in high-stakes game Walt and others played with Jesse's life. We never learned Brock's fate in the series, as Jesse was imprisoned thereafter, only to break out in the finale during Walt's assault on the compound, which kick-starts El Camino.

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Right off the bat, Brock's survival weighs heavily on Jesse's mind, because several flashbacks of Jesse enslaved and cooking meth for Uncle Jack's gang depict the photo of Andrea and Brock that was hung up in the lab. It served a warning, leaving viewers to wonder whether Jesse would make his way to Brock, presumably now in his grandmother's care.

Todd raises the specter of harm befalling in a flashback to before the events of the finale. He needs Jesse to help dispose of a body, so he temporarily frees him, with a warning: "If you tried to, you know, escape, I'm gonna have to visit the little boy. It'll basically be out of my hands at that point. Uncle Jack made you that promise, and he's gonna want to stick to it. So, good behavior, right?"

When Jesse later find s a gun and points at Todd, it's not surprising that he gives up the weapon; he doesn't want Brock to be harmed. When we see the intended recipient of the letter, it's clear Jesse is still trying to make things right. He feels guilt for Andrea's death, which tortures him in El Camino. And while he can't, as a fugitive, visit Brock, he wants to reach out, possibly with financial assistance too.

We never find out the contents of the letter, but as Ed reads it, you can see it takes an emotional toll on him. Aaron Paul revealed it was a heartfelt note and apology to Brock that Gilligan himself wrote, one of the first he jotted down when he began envisioning how Jesse's story should end, and Paul even recorded the voiceover. Ultimately, that was cut from El Camino, although the actor hopes Gilligan releases it eventually, because he admits it's one of the most painstakingly beautiful things he's ever read, and helps to bring some closure for Jesse.

Written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie stars Aaron Paul. The film is available to stream now on Netflix, with a later release scheduled for AMC.

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