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Catch up on the horrible life of Jesse Pinkman before El Camino with a sweet little song

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Our review of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is coming a bit later, but in the meantime, anyone eager to get a head start on seeing Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman in despair over the nightmarish path his life took throughout Breaking Bad can now enjoy a weirdly uplifting music video that sums up his horrific relationship with Walter White.

Written and performed by Nick Lutsko, the track was uploaded by Netflix as a montage entitled “The Ballad Of Jesse Pinkman.” As Lutsko strums a cheery guitar, he sings inspiring quotes like “He can’t keep getting away with this,” “I have nothing, no one,” and, most importantly, “Ever since I met you, everything I ever cared about is gone, ruined, turned to shit, dead.”

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Throughout all of this, Jesse is shown with red-rimmed eyes, crying and screaming as life—and, very often, Walter—tries to grind him into dust. We see him in various degrees of beat-the-fuck-up, aiming guns at people he doesn’t want to kill, and, finally, tearing off in an El Camino, tears streaming down a face covered in scars.

Sickos who just love to watch Jesse Pinkman suffer have had a real banner week. This video comes after several days that have seen Aaron Paul promote the movie by providing a very fast recap of Jesse’s Breaking Bad arc and talking to us about how El Camino closes out the story of his character’s long years of torment.

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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.