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Without a new season of Better Call Saul hitting AMC in 2019, Breaking Bad fans might have suffered some extreme withdrawals if not for the release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. The follow-up feature, which closed out Jesse Pinkman's redemption story, gave fans the long-awaited (and highly secretive) return of Bryan Cranston's Walter White with a subdued flashback scene. Understandably, fans want even more from Walt, though the flagship series' storyline almost definitely isn't returning.
However, that says nothing about what might happen on the Bob Odenkirk-led Better Call Saul, which is gearing up for Season 5 to arrive in 2020. With the prequel's narrative set to bump up against the Breaking Bad timeline before much longer, what are the chances that Bryan Cranston's meth king could make a pre-Heisenberg cameo? Here's what the actor is saying these days:
To me, this is the equivalent of, say, Steven Spielberg saying he'd be available to work as a second-unit director on one's student film. Sure, the student filmmaker might have reasons to turn the opportunity down, but for God's sakes, just let Bryan Cranston appear on Better Call Saul! Hmm, I may have mixed those analogies up there in the end.
For all the vocal persuasions that I could readily deliver to anyone ready to listen, Bryan Cranston is speaking logically and soundly about his potential to return to Albuquerque for Better Call Saul. I mean, it's not like co-creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan would just chuck him into the background of an unimportant scene just for shits and giggles, since they're more aware than anyone the weight of that character's importance. Even for as simple as Walt's El Camino cameo is, it still holds one of the character's all-time great lines.
Fans will have to wait a while longer yet to see if Walter White ever will rear his smooth head on Better Call Saul, but Bryan Cranston is aware that time is of the essence where that potential cameo is concerned, since the two dramas' timelines are looking to dovetail before too much longer. Here's what else he told EW:
Had El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie not come around to Netflix here in 2019, the world might have been a lot more rabid about Bryan Cranston getting back into Walt mode on Better Call Saul. Now that it's happened, a lot of viewers have no doubt been sated where those needs are concerned. Perhaps even Cranston has had that itch completely scratched now, since he's technically okay with it if Better Call Saul never comes calling. (Not me, though!)
With still a while to go before Season 5 arrives on AMC, Better Call Saul is coming back in 2020, likely without Walter White in tow. The first three seasons are available to stream on Netflix, with Season 4 dropping in the weeks ahead of Season 5's debut.