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Which Beloved Face Do You Most Want To See Return For The 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off?

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | October 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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Yesterday, buried in a massive and lovely interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan teased some of the details of the upcoming AMC spin-off Better Call Saul. Though Gilligan won’t be running the show (that job rests on the shoulders of the very capable Peter Gould), he did say he planned to be in the writer’s room for the first season at least. He also talked about the decision to make the show a one hour drama instead of a half-hour sitcom. He said:

We’re both one-hour drama guys…so we figured, ‘Why not shoot Saul in the same way?’ Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque, let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.
And that’s where I get a little concerned. (Though I shouldn’t be. It’s foolish to be. Gilligan and Gould are both geniuses.) But when Gilligan said that he would like to bring some of the cast back (“Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”) I worry that a forced blending of the two shows could get a little hokey. A little gimmicky. Given that it’s a prequel, it would be nice to see some dearly departed faces return. And it would be perfectly natural for a character like Mike to show up. Oh and I’d be delighted if Mike showed up. But how organic would the rest of the cast seem?

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I think it would be my preference for any cameo to be that. A true cameo. A throwaway background shot, rather than a forced interaction. In fact, it could be a beautiful opportunity to show the ways in which all these Albuquerque lives were touched (for the worse) by Walter White. So, once again, Gilligan and Gould are the geniuses here. But these are the faces I’d most like to see in the background as some of the fleeting, visual Easter Eggs Breaking Bad has become known for. Look on your future pink bears, ye mighty, and despair.

Marie shoplifting something purple.
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A tiny Drew Sharp first learning to ride his motorbike.
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Bogdan getting the space in-between his brows waxed.
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Wendy making the rounds.
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Gus bussing tables.
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Gale at a karaoke joint.
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Skinny Pete tickling the ivories.
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Hank buying home brew supplies.
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Badger working the corner…in the legal sense.
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Jane in art class.
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Andrea with a baby Brock.
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Skyler, oh I don’t know, mailing one of her ebay sales. Shopping for writing guides at the bookstore. Getting a pregnancy test from the local drugstore. SMILING?!
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  • $6950553

    Any of them can make a guest appearance since they don't have to actually know Saul. Their scene can be separate from him, interacting with Saul's client.

    As to being a regular... Ideally? Jane, but I don't see how they could do that. Badger is on another series. Ed was too secretive, Gale is on another series and Banks... love him but he's aging fast and this is a prequel. Maybe Skinny Pete I guess.

  • John W

    Huell. Just sayin'.

  • Modiano

    I want more Huell in my life and I'm willing to stretch my imagination beyond what's reasonable if this can happen. Plus, I think it could be organic, unless I'm forgetting something important.

  • St

    MIke should be there. Even as regular. I think Saul was calling him: "My detective". Which means Mike was working for him. So why not.

  • Maddy

    That shot of Hank is ADORABLE. Not a word I would normally associate with that character. This makes me so sad for how shitty their lives turn out.

  • Marc Greene

    Jesse did know Saul before the show started as he is the one who introduced Walt to him, so a Jesse Pinkman cameo could make sense, right?

    Mike, Huell, and Kuby all had working relationships with him. Gus was a fixture in the ABQ and Hank and Gomey DEFINITELY had fairly regular interactions with Saul's clients. So the only actors I couldn't see doing a full on cameo as we actually saw their introductions in BB are the members of the White family.

  • I wouldn't mind small cameos from any of them, but I really hope that Huell and Kuby are regular cast members.

  • $6950553

    I wish but Huell was a late hire and this is a prequel.

  • I don't remember anything from Huell's first appearance that said he didn't work for Saul in the past.

  • Everyone knows it's Wendy.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Great, now I've got that song in my head. Bah bababah, ba bappa ba ba bah, everyone knows it's Wendy! Okay, I see The Association, and raise you one Robert Smith. It's Wendy Time, bitches!

  • with_club_sauce

    Mike!

    Or Jesse's season 3 face.

  • southworth

    The article said Cranston and Paul are excited about doing cameos as well, which I'm not sure how I feel about? I mean, unless Goodman visits a certain local car wash, how would that work exactly?

  • Modiano

    I think Aaron Paul makes sense. He was the one who urged Walt to go with a "criminal" lawyer in the first place. Walt wanted someone respectable and Jesse talked him out of it. I always did wonder how Jesse knew Saul was a criminal. Word-of-mouth? Prior experience? Saul would not have necessarily remembered Pinkman if he was a witness in a case or a friend of a drug dealer client.

  • Conor

    Saul being involved in a lawsuit surrounding events at Walt's school?

  • 'Wendy making the rounds' is a GREAT CALL- I could honestly see that being the opening scene of the series.

  • I'd say Huell, but he's probably still there.

  • Fredo

    Saul telling Huell "Don't get stuck in hotel rooms."

  • No Gomie?

  • greg787

    I want to see Hank comeback and run a pub that sells Schraderbrau.

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