Aaron Paul Says He ‘Can’t Imagine’ Jesse Appearing in ‘Better Call Saul’ After What Happened in ‘El Camino’

Breaking Bad fans have been waiting six long years to find out exactly what happened to Jesse Pinkman. While many assumed he got away, there was always that lingering question — what if Pinkman never got to experience freedom again after being held captive by Uncle Jack and the psycho Nazis for so long?

El Camino helped fill a void that Breaking Bad left when it ended in 2013, but it also had an unfortunate side effect of leaving us all wanting more. There’s almost no chance that Vince Gilligan would make a sequel to El Camino. But fans are hoping that we could potentially see Jesse Pinkman again in future episodes of the Breaking Bad spinoff show, Better Call Saul.

Unfortunately, Aaron Paul said that’s probably not going to happen. Here’s why.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

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Jesse has a hard time after the ‘Breaking Bad’ finale

The Breaking Bad follow-up focused exclusively on Jesse’s story and what happened immediately after the fatal shootout at the Nazi compound. The story picks up moments after Jesse drives through the gates in Todd’s El Camino and eventually meets up with old friends Skinny Pete and Badger for help.

After a series of close calls, Jesse winds up escaping the law and outsmarting two former associates of Uncle Jack who also want to get their hands on Todd’s hidden fortune. After a few tense encounters with Ed the Vacuum Cleaner Guy, Jesse makes it to Alaska to start a new life.

‘El Camino’ closed the door on Jesse joining ‘Better Call Saul’

But this closure that so many fans wanted could be the end of Jesse’s story. Actor Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse, explained that El Camino made it unlikely for Jesse to appear on Better Call Saul.

“[El Camino] is a goodbye,” he explained to Digital Spy. “This was a proper send-off that people just kept asking for.”

“I thought maybe I would play him in Better Call Saul. I’m such a big fan of that show. But in the recent seasons, in the flash-forwards, especially now knowing where Jesse is, there’s just no reason for him to be at that place and at that time. I can’t imagine him showing up in Better Call Saul.”

Aaron Paul would be willing to appear on ‘Better Call Saul’

Even though Paul doesn’t think Vince Gilligan will add Jesse’s story into Better Call Saul, that doesn’t mean he’s opposed to the idea. “If [Vince Gilligan] calls and asks me to, then I know there’s a very good reason that he’s there,” Paul said.

Back when Vince Gilligan first suggested doing a Breaking Bad movie, Paul was skeptical about where the story could go. But he totally believed in the vision after reading the script.

In short, Aaron Paul has great respect for Vince Gilligan and would happily reprise his role as Jesse for Better Call Saul if asked. We can only hope that happens, because we’re not ready to let go of Jesse just yet!