Though Breaking Bad signed off the air two years ago, fans of the TV drama are still enjoying stories set in Vince Gilligan's Albuquerque, New Mexico. The spinoff series Better Call Saul, telling an origin story of sorts for Bob Odenkirk's fan-favorite lawyer character, debuted in 2015 and became a success with both critics and viewers.
Part of what made Better Call Saul a hit was its ability to keep audiences guessing even though they knew the basic endpoint going into the pilot. The show was able to stand on its own merits, in large part due to the limited, organic connections to Breaking Bad, which didn't force anything for the sake of nostalgia. Still, given the nature of Better Call Saul's timeline, there are those eager for cameos from the lawyer's famous meth cooking clients.
Gilligan has addressed it time and time again, but people are wondering when (not if) we'll see Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) show up to get some handy legal advice from one Jimmy McGill. And though any cameos won't be taking place during the anticipated second season, Gilligan ranks among the fans who want to see Heisenberg play a role in his new show.
Speaking with the NY Daily News, Gilligan teased that a Mr. White appearance is in the works, essentially saying it would be a missed opportunity should the drug kingpin never be featured in Better Call Saul:
“It would be great to see Walter White on ‘Better Caul Saul.’ It would be a shame if the show had its run — hopefully a very long run — and he never appeared.”
There's no denying that many longtime Breaking Bad fans share this sentiment. Though Walt's methods in operating his crystal meth empire were... morally ambiguous to say the least, the character earned a spot in many TV fans' hearts thanks to Cranston's Emmy-winning performances during its five seasons. Seeing the actor return to his career-defining role would send the die hards into a frenzy, and even encourage those not on board with Better Call Saul to give the spinoff a look. But Gilligan is in no rush to bring back everyone's favorite chemistry teacher, reiterating prior statements he made about characters needing to be a natural fit for the story:
“All of the wonderful characters who may eventually appear on ‘Better Call Saul’ will appear when it is most organic and fitting to the storytelling of ‘Better Caul Saul’ and also when we can work out scheduling issues with actors.”
And honestly, that's what's best for Better Call Saul at this juncture. Based on where we are in the show, Jimmy McGill has only just started down the path that leads him to an Albuquerque strip mall, so there are still several foundation pieces Gilligan needs to lay down before Odenkirk is playing the Saul Goodman we know and love. From the sound of it, the second season arc will be just that, paving the way for all sorts of unseemly criminals (not just Walt) to hire Saul as their lawyer in the near future.
Better Call Saul season 2 will premiere on AMC at some point in 2016.
Source: NY Daily News