This should be documented and even considered to be TRUE, no one can make up an epilogue as good as such, it has to be real.
So was there ever a doubt before going in on a Vince Gilligan project? Especially when and where he guides us into his Breaking Bad Universe. Not particularly. But I could not say even for a second that I was completely confident. It is not that I don’t believe in his hard work and sincerity. It is just that Breaking Bad, similar to others, is near and dear to my heart. I am a bit sensitive on that subject. I was afraid more than I was speculative about this project. And it took a second act for Gilligan, although it should have taken only one, to convince me that this is a safe round. And I emphasize on that second act because I have never seen Gilligan so confident of his material.
That.. call it evolution or a calculated risk.. is what blows out every single fear of this epilogue. See, now the difference between the first and the second act is of course, Gilligan’s change of perception of these characters. If the first act seems effortful- I only say effortful, for you can see him using all signature tactics of his like humor, playing with props, universal (physical) language tricks and witty solution to a simple problem, in order to keep the audience on their toes- the second is set free to change the tone as per wish.
This handover. This steering wheel that Gilligan so enticingly gifts to Aaron Paul is not only profoundly bold but also acceptable. It would make sense. It makes sense. Paul should take over that responsibility and choose. Ergo, there is this beautiful scene in the second act where Paul has to choose whether to kill someone or not. That entire scene. That entire act is pure performance. He shivers, he squeaks, he melts down and he chooses. Just as everyone chose to invest on making and experiencing El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.