Bryan Cranston Reveals How He’d Want to Come Back in ‘Better Call Saul’

By June 29, 2016

While Better Call Saul has managed to satisfy Breaking Bad fans with yet another great series set in that strange, strange world of Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the most alluring aspects of the show, that also has managed to be one of its most frustrating for fans is that it is in its purest essence, a prequel series. This means that very few of the main characters from the original series could appear in the show, save for a possible early appearance from Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman or several of the other obscure supporting characters.

However, the possibility of Bryan Cranston reprising his role as Walter White in the series has seemed slim from the very beginning, based not only on Walter’s personality before the events in Breaking Bad, but also how he was even introduced to Saul Goodman in the original series. It’d be a stretch to have him appear in the series, not impossible, but it’d be a stretch nonetheless.

It doesn’t look like that has deterred Cranston’s excitement at the possible opportunity though, with the actor saying that he’d be totally in to reprise his role as Walter White in the series if asked, while appearing on The Rich Eisen Show:

“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role. I was the guy coming off Malcolm in the Middle. If they were to call me and say, ‘We have this idea, we’d like … ,’ I would say, ‘Yes, you don’t have to finish the pitch. I’m there, what do you want me to do?'”

Cranston continued by saying that it wouldn’t be a stunt casting if he appeared in the series either:

“I know how careful they are and proprietary they are with those characters and those storylines, and it wouldn’t be something, ‘Oh, isn’t that kind of a stunt casting kind of thing.’ It would be something kind of unique and obscure and creative, and I’m all in.”

The actor went on to admit that he was a fan of the show as well, so much so that he’s even been offered to direct an episode of the series, but is weary about doing it in the fear of spoiling it for himself:

“I’m a fan of the show and in order to direct, I need to know what no fan knows … and there’s a part of me that says that would kind of kill it for me as a fan to peek behind the curtain, so I don’t know if I am or not.”

So basically what he’s saying here is that he’s really not all that different from all of us in the end, he’s just as afraid of spoilers as we are.

Now, if Walter White was to appear in the series ever, even if it was he and Saul Goodman exchanging glances at a stop light or something, it wouldn’t be the Walter White that most fans came to know throughout a majority of Breaking Bad, but would fit more in line with the Walter we saw in the pilot episode. A sick teacher who keeps all of his frustrations with the world and his buried deep down inside.

It’s impossible to know whether or not he’ll ever actually appear in the series honestly, especially with the limited amount of actual narrative impact or role he could have in it. Nonetheless, it looks like if the opportunity ever does come, it’s nice to know that Cranston would be just as excited to do it as we would be to see it.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
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