Will Walt and Jesse Appear on ‘Better Call Saul’? It’s Looking More Likely Than Ever
It’s looking increasingly likely that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will appear on Better Call Saul before the series is over.
The cast and crew of Breaking Bad recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary, and they spoke at length about the Saul Goodman spinoff, Better Call Saul. In the interview, creator Vince Gilligan revealed that he wants nothing more than for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to make an appearance.
“I desperately want to see both of them on Better Call Saul,” he said. “[Co-creator] Peter [Gould] wants it, the writers do, the actors do.”
Indeed, Bryan Cranston said he really wants to appear on the show, so much so that he has even pitched an idea to Gould. Cranston thinks Walt should pop up just as a quick cameo walking by a character or having a brief interaction with someone. Cranston explained:
“We’ve come to know people who we’ve seen before but we don’t know that we’ve seen them before, because we were in the store and we just passed by them. Or we might even have a word or two. ‘Oh no, please go ahead.’ ‘Thank you for holding the door.’ And then five years later, you would never remember that. So something as minuscule as that could be very interesting in the fabric of the whole thing. We have those kind of encounters every day, and I think that would be fun for the audience — and the most honest.”
So if everyone wants it to happen, then why hasn’t it? Well, Gilligan doesn’t seem to really agree with Cranston about this walk-on cameo idea. Instead, the co-creator feels that at this point, Walt’s return is so highly anticipated that if his appearance was this minor, fans would be disappointed.
Instead, Gilligan said that they’ve waited long enough that they “damn well better” have a good reason for Walt to be on the show. But he added that he really hopes they figure out a reason to do it because “I’ve got to hear, ‘Yeah, bitch!’ one more time.”
Speaking of which, Aaron Paul also told Entertainment Weekly that he’s “happy to jump on board” and cameo, assuming Gilligan comes up with an elegant way for it to happen.
Having Walt and Jesse appear on Better Call Saul is definitely tricky. After all, the whole series is a prequel, and at the point in the timeline that the show is set in, Walt and Jesse haven’t met Saul yet; they’re not supposed to meet him until Season 2 of Breaking Bad. Cranston’s idea of having Walt just casually bump into Saul or someone else could work, but then that might be a little underwhelming and basically just fan service for fan service’s sake.
The show isn’t firmly set in the past, as we’ve occasionally seen flash-forwards to Saul Goodman after the events of Breaking Bad. But Walter White is dead at that point, so it doesn’t make sense for him to cameo then. It’s possible, though, that at some point down the line, the show could bring us into the timeline of Breaking Bad to depict something that took place off-screen in the original series, and this could allow for a Walt and Jesse cameo. Because Jesse is still alive at the end of Breaking Bad, it would also be easy for him to show up in the flash-forwards, even if Walt can’t join him.
Better Call Saul has already brought back a number of characters from Breaking Bad, including Gus Fring, Krazy-8, Hector Salamanca, and even Ken, the annoying stockbroker whose car Walt blows up in Season 1. Now, just about every single person involved in the show is interested in a Walt and Jesse appearance, so it seems like there’s a fairly good chance of it finally happening. Don’t, however, get your hopes up for it to take place during Season 4, which premieres this August on AMC.
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