Could we finally see the Breaking Bad reunion everyone so sorely craves on Better Call Saul? Creator Vince Gilligan is desperate for it to happen. Not only that, but both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are more than willing to return as Walt and Jesse, assuming Gilligan and the show's creators can find a way to make it happen. However, as Gilligan points out, it may not be that simple anymore, despite the desire. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview.
"I desperately want to see both of them on Better Call Saul. Peter wants it, the writers do, the actors do...[I]t wouldn't feel as satisfying if it was just a cameo or an Alfred Hitchcock walkthrough. I think we've waited long enough. We damn well better have a good reason for them to show up. I just hope we figure it out because I've got to hear, 'Yeah, bitch!' one more time."
Better Call Saul season 4 will see the prequel series get even closer to the events of Breaking Bad. That may present challenges when it comes to pulling this off, even though it seems like everyone wants to see it come to fruition. And as Vince Gilligan rightly points out, would just seeing Walter White cross paths with someone on the street really be satisfying enough? Probably not. In any case, Aaron Paul is totally game for reviving the character of Jesse.
"My attitude towards it is the same I had from when Better Call Saul first started. If Vince decided to put Jesse in Better Call Saul, it's going to be for a reason, and that reason's going to be very satisfying for me. I trust in Vince. I don't think he would just do that to satisfy the fans. It would have a purpose, and whether or not he decides to find that purpose or searches for the purpose, I don't know. But if he does find that purpose, I'm happy to jump on board."
Jesse survived the events of Breaking Bad, so he would potentially have more opportunity to come back in Better Call Saul down the road. As for Bryan Cranston, he has total faith in Vince Gilligan and is happy to pick up the phone and say yes no matter what. While his options are more limited, given that Walt met his end in the closing moments of Breaking Bad, there are ways to make something happen, narratively speaking.
"If he asked, I would just say yes. [Vince] takes such meticulous care of his characters and the story, and he changed our lives. 'Yes' is the answer. Even if it's just a brush-by. A quick little something. 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."
Characters from Breaking Bad such as Giancarlo Esposito's Gus and Mark Margolis' Hector have already appeared on the series centered on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill. Better Call Saul season 4 has wrapped production and is set to air on AMC August 6. That means this proposed Breaking Bad reunion wouldn't happen at the earliest until Better Call Saul season 5. So while this won't be happening soon, everyone seems to have the desire to make it a reality. This news comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.