Of all the things that Breaking Bad was, it was not a show meant for viewers to live vicariously through the characters, even if we still wanted to see certain things happen with Walt, Jesse and the rest through the show's run. The stars are no different, either, as both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have particular story threads that they wish had played out for their respective characters, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Here's Cranston's idea, which I think would have somehow painted Walt in even darker shades.
Plenty of times during Breaking Bad, Walt came across as someone losing his grip on how to approach any given situation, but more often than not, he kept the sanctity of his marriage as a guiding force. Or perhaps the illusion of said sanctity. The One Who Knocks certainly had chances to let part of his personality loose as a philanderer, with cash and opportunity usually at the ready, but didn't let his libido get the best of his ideals. (Imagine how the Skyler backlash would have transformed, if at all.) His slow waltz into Heisenberg-dom certainly took him deep into the pit of desperate behavior, but it didn't involve ringing up any dependable prostitutes. Even if Bryan Cranston wanted it to happen in some way.
To step back for a quick second, let's all appreciate that Walt hooking up with Julia Minesci's sex worker Wendy would have meant he and Jesse had been intimate with the same woman. Which would have led to some wholly different awkward talks in the days when Walt and Jesse's relationship hadn't been stretched beyond all means. I like to think Badger and Skinny Pete would have also joined the conversation, saying they also had sex with Wendy at some point, which could possibly become another screenplay idea for Badger to write up. Good times.
While Jesse was often viewed as a son figure to Walt, he was almost nothing like Walt Jr. himself, beyond the stubbornness and the occasional anger at Walt. So it would have been great to see some layered scenes between the two younger men at different points in their lives, with Walt Jr. recognizing just how unhinged Jesse was becoming. I guess I can always pretend like those scenes happened whenever the cameras weren't recording.
We're hoping to see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul on Better Call Saul one day, which the actors recently spoke about as well. Be sure to check out Season 4 of the Breaking Bad prequel when it premieres on AMC on Monday, August 6, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out what Bob Odenkirk has to say about such crossover moments, and head to our summer premiere schedule to see everything else that's hitting the small screen soon.
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.
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