[Warning: The following contains spoilers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Read at your own risk!]
The brief return of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) aside, the most emotional callback to Breaking Bad in the Netflix film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is when fans were given another glimpse at Jane (Krysten Ritter) as she schooled Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) on the unpredictability of the universe.
It was the same kind of brainy banter she and Jesse had previously enjoyed — before her fatal relapse, of course — particularly when they discussed the subtle meanings behind all the repetition in Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork in that heartbreaking Season 3 flashback. And according to Paul, the new scene is a tribute to just how much Jane meant to Jesse before everything fell apart in both of their lives.
“[She was] his one true love that gave him probably the best advice that he's ever gotten, and he's holding onto that,” Paul told TV Guide of the reason she was the catalyst for his happy-ish ending in the film. “When I read that I was just so shocked and pleasantly surprised, and really moved by it.”
Her appearance in the film clearly reminded Jesse of a time when there was still hope and joy in his life, and, as we cut away from her flashback, we returned to see the Jesse of now smiling as he headed onto his new life in Alaska. It might not be the dreamy getaway to New Zealand the couple originally planned for, but starting over anew was certainly something Jane would've been on-board for if she had made it through, too.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is now available on Netflix.
— Reporting by Megan Vick