This ‘Breaking Bad’ Marathon on AMC Will Get You Ready for the Return of ‘Better Call Saul’
It’s been over a year since we’ve seen a new episode of Better Call Saul, but the drought is finally ending. The Breaking Bad prequel series will be back on AMC for a fifth season on Feb. 23. The network is getting ready for the return of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) with a month-long Breaking Bad marathon, plus the broadcast premiere of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
The ‘Breaking Bad’ marathon kicks off Jan. 19
Starting Jan. 19, AMC will air every single episode of Breaking Bad. The episodes will air on consecutive Sundays, beginning with season 1 at 4/3c on Jan. 19. Season 2 airs Jan. 26 starting at 8 a.m./7c, while seasons 3 and 4 begin airing on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 at the same time. Breaking Bad Season 5 kicks off at 1:30 a.m. ET/12:30c on Feb. 16.
The marathon will usher in the premiere of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Feb. 16 at 8/7c. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.
‘Better Call Saul’ premieres Feb. 23
Better Call Saul returns to AMC on Feb. 23 at 10/9c after the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead. The show moves to its regular timeslot on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9/8c.
Season 4 ended with Jimmy McGill’s decision to start practicing law under his new name: Saul Goodman. Season 5’s 10 episodes will follow his continuing transformation into the strip mall lawyer that viewers first met in season 2 of Breaking Bad. But Jimmy’s decision to craft a new identity affects those around him as well, including girlfriend Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). Jonathan Banks also returns as Mike Ehrmantraut, Giancarlo Esposito is back as Gus Fring, and Michael Mando reprises his role as Nacho Varga.
Will Walter White appear in ‘Better Call Saul’?
So far, younger versions several characters from Breaking Bad have appeared in Better Call Saul, including Gus, Mike, Huell Babineaux, Hector Salamanca, Gale Boetticher, and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle. But we’ve yet to see Breaking Bad’s two biggest characters: Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
As the timelines of the two shows get closer to converging, is it possible we’ll see either character pop up in Better Call Saul? Show creator Vince Gilligan said at Comic-Con in 2018 it’s possible Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will make cameo appearances as White and Pinkman.
“[W]e would be sorely remiss if these characters didn’t appear in the show before it ended,” Gilligan told the Hall H crowd, according to Billboard.
Cranston and Paul have already revisited their Breaking Bad characters for El Camino, and the former has said he’s up for doing it again if it works with Better Call Saul’s story.
“I know that that Vince [Gilligan] and [co-creator] Peter Gould, who runs the show, are so protective of their characters and their story that they don’t want to do something that feels like a stunt like, ‘Oh, hey, we got Sweeps coming up! Look who’s gonna show up on Better Call Saul!’ It’s like, ‘Ewww.’ It’s not going to be that,” Cranston told Entertainment Weekly in 2019.
“It would [have to be] very soon according to the storyline that I would show up as Walt,” he added. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’m okay.”
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