Tread lightly, Breaking Bad fans: Bryan Cranston is game for a cameo on Better Call Saul, and he’s got an awesome idea for how he could reprise his Breaking Bad antihero-turned-villain on AMC’s prequel series.
When Nerdist sat down with Cranston to talk about season two of his stop-motion animation series SuperMansion on Crackle (premiering Thursday!), he revealed that it was possible for Walter White to show up a few years before he officially met Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
“I don’t know. You could [see me on Better Call Saul],” Cranston said. “I actually think it would be fun. I have not been approached by it. I know that [creator] Vince [Gilligan] wouldn’t do anything that would damage the overall brand that he’s worked so hard to develop on a stunt cast kind of thing. And then I think, well what if it isn’t?”
Cranston’s idea for a Walter White cameo is literally just that: a casual cameo.
“What if it’s just a brush-by?” he said. “Just two guys in a market. ‘Are those ripe?’ ‘I don’t know.’ And we don’t even register that we knew each other three years before we see each other again. That’s life. It’s actually very honest that this happens. So the bottom line is I would do it in a second. If Vince wanted me to be on the show, I’d be on the show.”
It’s not so far-fetched to think that this could become reality. Earlier this month, after teasing Breaking Bad villain Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) long-awaited return on Better Call Saul in a mysterious Los Pollos Hermanos commercial, the network revealed during the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour that he is officially joining the show–in some capacity–for season three.
“It’s really great to be back with such a great family of filmmakers and I’m so, so honored to be asked to come back and recreate this character, Gustavo Fring,” Esposito said. “I had to remind myself in coming back to be present within the character and that we’re at a time where he’s a little more immature than where we left off. I reminded myself that he’s still finding his ways, the businessman that he his and finding his way in regard to where we left off, where he was at with the cartel. So I’m excited to be back.”
Better Call Saul season three documents Jimmy McGill’s devolution further toward his destiny to become Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman, Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer. Six years before he meets Walter White, Jimmy is a more or less law-abiding, small-time attorney hustling to champion his underdog clients, build his practice, and somehow make a name for himself. Season two ended with Chuck (Michael McKean) betraying Jimmy by secretly recording his felony confession and Mike (Jonathan Banks) attempting to take out sociopathic cartel boss Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) before an ominous intervention stopped him prior to pulling the trigger, raising the question of which other dangerous players are currently playing the game. When season three begins, the repercussions of Chuck’s scheme test Jimmy and Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) fledgling law practices and their romance as never before. This imminent existential threat presses Jimmy’s faltering moral compass to the limit. Meanwhile, Mike searches for a mysterious adversary who seems to know almost everything about his business.
Now how great would it be if Walter White had a “forgettable” interaction with Gus Fring of all people?! Years before their explosive drug kingpin war that ended with Gus losing half of his face (and, spoiler alert, his life), what if Walter picked up some chicken from Los Pollos Hermanos and ordered from Gus himself? That would be a treat for any Breaking Bad fan while not jumping the shark with some cheesy reason for bringing Walter White onto the show.
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