Breaking Bad: Jesse Pinkman Lived for Your Sins
An in depth look at the character Jessie Pinkman

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Use our link or text screenprism to 500-500 to get a free book and 30 day free trial. We unpack Jesse Pinkman’s arc in Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad. Watch to find out the significance of his relationship with Walter White and the meaning of the ending scene of Breaking Bad’s finale. Support ScreenPrism on Patreon: Sign up for exclusive updates: If you like this video, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more. Like ScreenPrism on Facebook: Follow ScreenPrism on Twitter: Visit


Lemonwedge : Letting Jesse live after the first season was hands down the greatest decision the writers ever made.

NakeyJakey : such a great video. Aaron Paul will be remembered forever because of his work on Breaking Bad. just incredible.

gyagV80 : Jesse is hiesenburgs son while flinn is walter whites son. Thats why flinn and jesse never meet. Vince Gilligan meant for walt to have two egos

MAGA Matt Bell : I like that Aaron Paul never took acting classes

Saylerjesse : Jesse made me cry a few times. its so tragic, his character.

scifinerd17 : I find it kinda sad that Walt Jr./Flynn wanted to be closer to his dad and considered him his hero, only for Walt to be more attached to Jesse than he is to his own son. I feel sorry for him, especially when he finds out the truth of who Walt really is.

Eeshan Beohar : Probably the best analysis of Jesse there is. Everyone has an opinion of Walt but not very often do you see such deep examination of Jesse's character. Although, it would've been even better if you commented more on Jesse's influence on Walt and his actions throughout the series.

Zombies Expert3 : "For a while he finds a surrogate family in Gus and Mike *mike slaps him*"

Maximus Stephens : 4:54 “you need to stop focusing on the darkness behind you “ Walt says that while hes out of focus 🤯

Shwift : You guys seriously do your research. And it pays off greatly.

Razing : Just finished the show. I know I’m late.

Alyssa : Damn 😭 I want to believe that Jesse got to Alaska and became a carpenter. I can dream

Sharp Design : A messed up world where "your meth is good, Jesse" is a compliment

Psychosmurf5471 : The Passion of the Pinkman

DAN LAROCA : Aaron Paul’s portrayal of Jesse Pinkman, is so real, you feel for the character every time he’s saddened and weeps. Absolutely incredible acting.

Vic : Man this channel puts out some top notch content

Randy Suyematsu : Your analysis is always so deft, intelligent and thought provoking. Screenprism is awesome!

Joseph Bastidas : Jesse is my favorite character on the show. His character development is I think the most drastic I've seen on any show and it's so tragic.

japhyf : Mike doesn't say Jesse is a hero out of respect, he is informing Gus that their plan to set Jesse up to look like the hero worked. Gus and Mike were playing him just like Walt was, they knew Walt needed Jesse and were tricking Jesse into switchimg sides.

Nathy F. : Your videos always make me cry. It makes sense for me to cry in some of them, but in this one I have no idea why I'm crying. The best explanation I can come up with is that the level of analysis is so brilliant, and I care so deeply about this show and about Jesse (my favorite character). This video was everything. Keep em coming ladies!! Please do Saul Goodman and maybe some characters from The Office. It's a "light" show but not really. There's a reason it has such a fanatic following. Also, I cried a lot with The Office. No surprise there. Lol. I take it as evidence that there's a deep emotional connection there; it's not just a light comedy.

Ramon Suarez : I am not buying this interpretation of Jesse's moral place within the Breaking Bad universe. He doesn't just suffer for Heisenberg's sins, he also suffers for his own complicity in the meth business. Time and time again Jesse is forced to confront the ramifications of making profit off human addiction and the misery it brings to himself and those around him. He repeats a endless cycle of suffering until the end where he refuses to comply with Walt's orders to be executed and takes authorship over his choices.

Kenneth Connally : Great video! I think "pure innocence" and so on is a bit rich though. Jesse does majorly messed-up stuff throughout the series, including knowingly hurting other people for selfish reasons. He gets Jane back into drugs even though he knows how hard it had been for her to get clean and how much anguish her addiction caused her family. He also comes up with the idea of attending support groups for recovering addicts in order to get them hooked on his product. Jesse is not a good person. His "badness" is just of a different kind than Walt's. Jesse is a lot more honest with himself than Walt is about how fucked up their activities are, but he could always just stop if he had the strength of character to do so. But he doesn't. He's fundamentally a weak person who does what he knows is wrong because doing the right thing is too hard. Walt is much more disciplined, but his big brain invents elaborate rationalizations to convince himself that he's doing the right thing when he clearly is not. Now Mike on the other hand... he's all right.

Daenerys Targaryen : Please do a video about Mike's character I've always found him profound

Abhimannue R.Sreekishan : This is such a phenomenal analysis. Im sharing this everywhere and telling everyone about your channel.

OMR : I love these analysis, but with this one you´re missing the point and interpret much too much into it. You draw Walt very badly. Walt always wanted to save Jesse, no matter what. He could have dropped Jesse a lot of times, but he didn't. And I don't think his affection for Jesse comes from a selfish reason. He risked his own life for him more often. For example, Walt took the risk of drastically deteriorating his relationship with Gus by defending Jesse. That was the beginning of the war between Walt and Gus. To say that Walt had selfish reasons from the beginning - is, in my opinion, too far away from the core of the character Walt. And if you´re too far away from Walt, you´re too far away from Jesse. Both loved each other in a very unusual way.

6dugpar6 : "Heisenberg's son " Never looked at it that way and a truly genius video, Thumbs the F up!

Sara Katherine : Jesse will always be my favorite brba character. He’s a pure soul caught in a world of corruption, Ill always let myself believe he got help and lived the life he deserved after escaping in the finale.

everyone : He saved Jesse because he originally thought Jesse was trying to steal his legacy as a meth king and a genius chemist. When he found out he was reduced to something below a rat, he changed his mind. Jesse escaping removes him from the story. Before Walt died he planted his hand print on the equipment. That forever immortalized him as Heisenberg. The kingpin that killed Gus Fring, the chicken man, and Jack, the white supremacist. Heisenberg, the master chemist. Gus took what was left of his soul. Jack took his money. The police took his family. All Walt had left was his legacy. His true passion forever has been and will be chemistry.

JD Meaney : I don't care how evil Walt became, I still love that guy.

Anna Schmitt : I always thought he was a beautiful character, brilliantly played by Aaron

Bleeb : I follow the church of Jesse Pinkman

K Noelle : Poor Jesse. He went through a lot. I just noticed that he never once referred to Walt as anything but Mr. White.

RiC David : I'd never noticed those two times Walt outright calls Jesse "son". While the term is used non-literally, Walter's inflection--especially in the first clip--sounds more like the way a father would say it - it's the intonation we use for people's names rather than filler words like man, mate etc. The on/off father/son dynamic was always apparent but it's interesting that was sprinkled into the dialogue too.

Stranger Danger : "It can even be read as a dark version of the story of Christ." ......crucifixion wasn't dark enough for ya, huh? lolol jk keep up the good work, y'all

ruoweii : aw man this video helped me understand why i like jesse so much. also "what would jesse do" akjsdklafb i'm crying

Sweet George : Dang, these vids are sick.

KennedyEbony : You have the most amazing titles. XD

Rockin BoBokkin : Jesse is perpetually our sympathetic character. There is a piece of him in all of us. Best pair in drama of all time. This series was revolutionary.

Hiltja B. : I think I've never hated a fictional character more than Walter White, for the way he manipulated, abused and used Jesse. From the very beginning, Jesse's been my favorite and I just wanted to see him have a good life :(

Ngoc Lan Tran : Thank you so much! I've always loved Breaking Bad but this video is just another level!

Nolan Simard : This show is seriously the best show ever written

Marcus Thompson : Damn, who almost teared up?

The Wandering One : Breaking Bad: the show where a mans life gets worse AFTER he gets clean from meth

homie0187 : I woke up, I found her, that's all I know!

Bert Fuller : Your breaking bad criticism is the best in existence.

Daconti StrYKR : What would Jesse do? 😂 I love it

C. Babs : Jesse is the best character, in my opinion. His arc was one of the best I've seen in any show, and I never found myself rooting against him, just wanting the best for him. He felt the most... human. He also felt like he was the character who's eyes the audience could view the show from.

ariadne_mk : amazing video :) are you going to make one about Hank?

Lord Edghar Blackfyre : I knew you were going to use "Yeah Mr. White! Yeah, science!" line. This always makes laugh.😂😂😂😂😂