Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul might return on Better Call Saul.
Breaking Bad icons Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are eager to potentially reprise their roles in the final season of the spin-off show Better Call Saul, indicating they are willing to return to the universe Vince Gilligan created and will do so “in a heartbeat.”
Better Call Saul takes place prior to the incidents of the parent show and occasionally follows the events of Breaking Bad.
During the original series, the high school chemistry professor and meth mobster Walter White (Cranston) and his ally, former pupil Jesse Pinkman (Paul), needed the aid of criminal attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) to build their meth dynasty.
Jesse “Say the words, nothing happens till I hear you say it, say you want this”
Walt “I want this”
— Breaking Bad Quotes (@Breakbadquotes) July 29, 2020
The spin-off series is currently based on the developments four years before Walt took the “Heisenberg” persona following a diagnosis with cancer, about six years before the sequel film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story.
When questioned about El Camino during the Instagram live stream in May 2020, Aaron Paul said: “No, I’m just saying. There’s a Breaking Bad Universe out there.”
Paul added, “There’s Breaking Bad, there’s Better Call Saul, there’s El Camino. You know, who knows? Could there be another story within that universe? Yeah, absolutely. Do I know that’s gonna happen? No. Should it happen? I mean, I don’t know.”
In season 5 of Better Call Saul, the criminal attorney became wrapped up in a fight between Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and the Salamanca family, all of whom were highly featured on Breaking Bad.
Cranston said, “We always get asked about Better Call Saul and whether Jesse or Walt are gonna show up on that show. I don’t know how many times we’ve gotta tell Vince we’re ready to do it. I just don’t think he loves us anymore.”
When Paul mentioned Gilligan might not want them in the show, Cranston replied, “No, that’s pretty clear.” Before Walt died in Breaking Bad’s final act, a flashback scene from Season 2 events caused Cranston to appear momentarily in the Gilligan-directed El Camino.
Paul, a “huge fan” of Better Call Saul, admits it is difficult for the pair to star in the series co-created by Gilligan and Peter Gould as the latest spin-off plot is centered almost four years prior to Goodman getting hired by Walt and Jesse in 2008.
“You know at least where Jesse went [in El Camino]. I don’t see how these characters could show up,” Paul said. “We’ll see, who knows, we’ll see. But if Vince knocked on either of our doors, of course, we’d show up in a heartbeat.”
Cranston added, “No, I would say, ‘What the hell are you doing here? We’re quarantined. Don’t knock on my door!'”
Fans would undoubtedly be delighted to see stuff come full circle with the return of Jesse and/or Walter. Besides Mike and Gus, numerous other Breaking Bad personalities have appeared on the prequel.
However, if they did actually bring the duo back, it’d be more to do with the storyline than personal feelings (as Cranston joked).
JESSE AND WALT REUNITED – @AaronPaul_8 drives iconic #BreakingBad car to premiere of spin-off #ElCamino movie and explains why he reprised the role of #Jesse Pinkman for show creator #VinceGilligan pic.twitter.com/px4i9tg82j
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) October 8, 2019
A big explanation for the popularity of the series is Gilligan’s devotion to make fan service work into the plot, rather than simply pulling off for the sake of it.
As such, the ultimate Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul encounter would rely on how it can be done in an organic way, without eclipsing Saul’s own path, compromising Jesse and Walter’s ends and losing the consistency that has been built over the last decade.