Forget about Walter White and Jesse Pinkman
While we know one day down the road that Saul Goodman will be going by the name Gene and working at a Cinnabon, it turns out he should be much more concerned about a certain chicken establishment.
Last year’s season 2 finale of Better Call Saul teased the possibility of Breaking Bad supervillain Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) entering the picture, and now it’s official. On Wednesday, AMC and Esposito confirmed that the cold-blooded drug kingpin/Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant owner will appear in season 3 of the Breaking Bad prequel.
The appearance of Fring marks the biggest Breaking alum appearance yet on Saul, outside of main characters Saul/Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike (Jonathan Banks). The familiar faces we’ve already seen include pre-wheelchair Tio Salamanca (Mark Margolis), civilian Krazy-8 (Max Arciniega), still-crazy Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz), the braggadocious Ken Wins (Kyle Bornheimer), and apparently Albuquerque’s only gun dealer, Lawson (Jim Beaver).
Many viewers, though, keep waiting for a young Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to be spotted at the courthouse or to see a pre-cancer Walter White (Bryan Cranston) running into Kim (Rhea Seehorn) at the grocery store. The problem with those cameos is that they could be a distraction, a situation with which the creators have admitted they struggle. This is the world of Saul (Bob Odenkirk) — er, Jimmy, as the character is known as in his origin story — so an appearance by Walter or Jesse might take the show too far into Breaking Bad territory, and as much as that’s what loyal fans might wish for, it’s not likely anytime soon. Some smaller, supporting roles, though? Maybe that’s where we’ll get a little glimpse into that Bad world we love so much. So here are some Breaking Bad alums — besides the usual suspects — we’d love to see pop up on Saul.
Badger and Skinny Pete
It just wouldn’t be right to have one without the other. Seeing Jesse’s friends (played by Matt Jones and Charles Baker, respectively) before they got into drugs would be fun, although it could be tough since it’s possible Skinny Pete was doing drugs before he could ride a bike. Aging them down for Saul might be a challenge, but it would be worth it to see them meet Chuck (Michael McKean). If their discussions about the science on Star Trek are any indication, they’ll surely be fascinated by Chuck’s health condition.
Over the course of Breaking Bad and Saul we’ve seen Mike (Jonathan Banks) forced to deal with drug dealers, hitmen, the worst of the worst. Yet none of that prepared him for having to deal with a high school girl. Jane (Krysten Ritter) had no problem blackmailing Walter, who she knew was a drug manufacturer, so she’ll have no problem facing off against an old man as Mike tries to get her to stop smoking by the playground that Kaylee (Kaija Bales) is playing on.
Listed under Wendy’s (Julia Minesci) occupation on her Breaking Bad Wikipedia bio page is prostitute, junkie, and mother. That sure sums her up in three words. Wendy only appeared in a few episodes, but in her short time she proved that she’s dedicated to whatever her objective was, which was usually scoring drugs. She most likely used that same work ethic in her previous career, maybe as an assistant manager at a fine fried chicken establishment.
Breaking Bad creator and Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan told EW that he originally wanted to have Marie (Betsy Brandt) pop up in the season 2 finale when Chuck is in the hospital. She use to be an X-ray technician so it could have worked, but Gilligan was talked out of it by the other writers. A different path, though, might be to have Mike spot our favorite shoplifter trying to get a five-finger discount at a department store. Marie thinks she’s busted, but instead he gives her advice on how not to get caught next time — and a criminal is born.
He is a man of few words and yet a fan favorite. Many viewers have been concerned over the years about Huell’s (Lavell Crawford) well-being since when we last saw him alone in a hotel room. Hank (Dean Norris) and Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) left him there, and unfortunately for all of them they aren’t coming back to let him out. Here’s how to introduce him: Inevitably Kim will kick Jimmy out of her place. Now homeless, he will be forced to check into a hotel. While lounging by the pool, Jimmy gets annoyed by a rather large man continuously doing belly flops. This is not only the beginning of Jimmy and Huell’s relationship, but also Huell’s love of hotels.
Do you want to see if Landry Todd (Jesse Plemons) has a murderous past? Or if Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte) was always a breakfast guy? In the comments section below, let us know which Breaking Bad characters you’d like to see on Saul.
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