Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk Really Likes One Breaking Bad Crossover Theory

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While genre shows like Westworld and The Flash are more naturally suited for endless theorizing among fanbases, AMC's Better Call Saul has inspired its own host of hopeful predictions and tricked-out guesses. The vast majority almost definitely delve into connections with predecessor and timeline-follower Breaking Bad, with fans wanting Walter White and Jesse Pinkman popping in or around Jimmy McGill's life. And when star Bob Odenkirk recently read through some Better Call Saul theories from Reddit, he was quite fond of one involving a desperate Jesse tracking a post-Breaking Bad Gene down to blackmail him into one last job. In Odenkirk's words:

I like that theory. I don't know. I can't say that won't happen. I can't say that won't happen.

With Better Call Saul going into its fourth season, with no real sign of when the darkly comedic crime drama's story will dovetail into Walter White's rise to infamy, franchise creator Vince Gilligan has almost definitely come up with a plethora of different scenarios in which Aaron Paul's Jesse could show up in front of audiences again. (Here's what Paul himself recently said.) And even if he didn't share each and every one of them with Bob Odenkirk, it's not out of the realm of imagination that Gilligan would indeed choose to bring Walt's former protégé into Better Call Saul not as part of the prequelized narrative, but as part of the show's black-and-white future.

While going through such theories as part of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Bob Odenkirk not only showed his fondness for this currently hypothetical circumstance, but he also offered his own albeit ridiculous guess as to how it could go down.

Jesse comes to Omaha, threatens me. One last thing...heist. Then they somehow figure out a way to siphon off Cinnabons, sell them on the street. Take one from each dozen and put it in their pockets at the end of the day. Heat em up and sell them on the street corners.

Personally, I would be down to see Better Call Saul suddenly go into some wacky slapstick sequences akin to Laurel & Hardy shorts, with Gene and Jesse rapidly bumbling around while hocking cinnamon rolls on sidewalks. Even if it was just a dream sequence, with Gene's subconscious concocting fantasies about returning to a less lawfully staid life. Alas, that wouldn't exactly fit the emotional and hyper-tense structure that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould set up for Saul.

But there might not be a more powerfully engaging way to wrap up Better Call Saul's storyline than to end on a cliffhanger with Jesse finding his way back to Gene/Saul/Jimmy for undisclosed reasons. It wouldn't need to be because Jesse's in trouble, but then he probably wouldn't have any other reasons to make any beelines for Omaha if he was free and clear of crises.

With hopefully many more seasons on the way, Better Call Saul's Fring-ified Season 4 will debut on AMC on Monday, August 6, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other shows will be arriving before then, head to our summer premiere schedule.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.