‘Better Call Saul’ Adds ‘Breaking Bad’ Fixer Mike as Series Regular

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

Breaking Bad Mike to Join Better Call Saul Better Call Saul Adds Breaking Bad Fixer Mike as Series Regular

[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Breaking Bad.]

As sad as it was to see Breaking Bad come to an end, some fans have taken solace in the fact that a spinoff series – Better Call Saul – is in the works. The show, a prequel, will follow the morally ambiguous (and probably hilarious) hijinks of Walter White’s grifter lawyer, Saul Goodman – before he became White’s lawyer.

Since the announcement of the series, there’s been talk of possible cameos from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, but the only official cast member thus far has been Bob Odenkirk as Saul himself. Now, there’s a second cast member.

Deadline reports that Jonathon Banks – who played the nigh-on unkillable private investigator/fixer Mike Ehrmantraut – has joined the cast. In one of the more shocking moments from Breaking Bad (during season 5, episode 7), Mike was killed by Walter White as he was attempting to get out of the drug dealing game once and for all.

Jonathan Banks from Breaking Bad Joining Better Call Saul Better Call Saul Adds Breaking Bad Fixer Mike as Series Regular

When we first met Mike – before we knew him as Gustavo’s enforcer and then White and Pinkman’s meth partner – we knew him as Saul’s private investigator. In Better Call Saul, he’ll almost certainly function in that capacity, though one presumes we’ll see hints of his work with Gus as well.

While Breaking Bad was primarily a crime drama with moments of black humor, the focus on Odenkirk as Saul and interviews with those involved have indicated that Better Call Saul will be more of a comedy. With that in mind, what sort of role will Mike fill in the show? In Breaking Bad, he was a very, very serious guy; an unsentimental badass who did what he believed needed to be done, no matter the consequences. Is that who we’ll see in Saul?

Of course, Banks has most recently appeared in Community season 5 – the second Bad alumnus to do so after Giancarlo Esposito – and will also co-star in the upcoming Horrible Bosses 2. So maybe his supreme badassery will fit in just fine.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you happy to see Jonathan Banks/Mike Ehrmantraut return to the world of Breaking Bad via Better Call Saul? Do you want to see more appearances from other Bad characters, or would you prefer that Saul be more standalone? Drop us a line in the comments.


Better Call Saul is expected to air November 2014 on AMC. The final episodes of Breaking Bad will hit Netflix February 24th, 2014.

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  1. A prequel could be ok, but I don’t know about having a comedic element. Of course, it can’t be the same as Breaking Bad but it should still have a similar feel.

    I think it would be cool to have a flash forward of events that happened in the future. How far in the future depends in the discretion of the creators

  2. You’re making it seem like it’s going to be a full on comedy, when they only said it’s not going to be Breaking Bad 2.0. Calling it a comedy is just giving the show a bad rap before we even see the pilot.

    • I said, and I quote, that it’ll be “more of a comedy.” It’s been said that it’ll be 75% comedy, 25% drama. So take that as you will. I’m not sure how it being, again, “more of a comedy,” would give it a bad rap. But whatever.

  3. Vince Gilligan has said that it will be more of a comedy. Supposedly they even toyed around with the idea of a half-our sitcom like format but ultimately decided against it. Saul was the biggest comic relief character on Breaking Bad. Of course his show will be funnier. A show about Saul would not work if they tried to make it in the same tone as Breaking Bad. There is nothing wrong with calling this show “more of a comedy.”

    Now on to the point of the article… I’m so glad that Mike will be back! His interactions with Saul were amazing and made for some of the funniest moments in the original series.

  4. Hmmm, I had no real interest in this. But if Mike is along for the ride I might check it out.

  5. Excellent news…. Mike was one of the better characters in BB

  6. I hope Bill Burr and Lavell Crawford get cast as regulars, seeing as both are actual comedians.

    • Yes, Lavell and Bill should definitely be a part of it. The scenes where Huell laid on the pile of money and Hank told Huell Walter had killed Pinkman and was coming for him next was hilarious.

  7. Good news, he kind of had to be on the show and adding another BB series favorite will help this show.

    I’m skeptical about this show but I liked Saul and loved BB so i’ll watch.

  8. Where did you get that he’s in Horrible Bosses 2? That hasn’t been said anywhere.

  9. nice Mike will add to the darker side of the story

  10. This is the casting news I think 99% of us were waiting for.
    I can see Gus coming aboard at some point but I think they should wait a bit.
    Let the show become it’s own thing for a season. If all they do is cram in former BB characters it would just feel like BB Light.
    And I still say no cameos from Walt or Jesse. I know that’s not a popular opinion but I think the show will be better off because of it. The best thing to do would be to have them meet in the last scene of this shows finale.

  11. Awesome news