*Jesse, in a seemingly dream-like state, is in a woodworking room. He's making a box. He picks it up and admires it,
This scene is in reference to a memory shared with his methamphetamine support group in Season 3 Episode 9 “Kafkaesque”.
Jesse explains that he signed up for his high school shop class in the hopes of getting an easy passing grade. The final assignment was to build a wooden box. Jesse initially blew through the assignment with the bare minimum of effort, but when his teacher questioned if his work truly reflected his abilities, Jesse took it upon himself to prove to his teacher — and more importantly, to himself — that he could do better.
This is important thematically, as this represents one of the more notable things in his life that he is truly and wholly proud of; something he created entirely by himself. And it is no coincidence that he would daydream about creating something for the joy of it while he is being forced to cook crystal meth against his will.
The juxtaposition of Jesse then — making a box for the joy and fulfillment and for benefit of himself — and Jesse now — making the best meth he’s ever made to date (aprox. 96% as mentioned in “Granite State”) strictly for benefit of someone else — is very important. These are possibly the two things in his life that he’s most proud of, and they have come about in radically different ways.
He’s daydreaming, that’s when he’s really at peace. He thinks cooking crystal meth is an art form and we all know he’s kind of an artist; he likes to draw. He was really at peace, he was very proud when making that box in class. So he was just thinking about what could be, maybe.
-Aaron Paul who plays Jesse
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