Across its first two seasons, Better Call Saul has done an admirable job of giving Breaking Bad fans just enough character crossovers to keep everyone happy as the drama builds upon its own story and central universe. And while we’re relying on co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould to deliver another fantastic narrative arc for Season 3, star Bob Odenkirk actually has the sweetest concept possible for how to merge the two shows in the future.
I have crazy ideas. I’d love to see some of Saul during the years of Breaking Bad, but off-screen, out of his office, not in his Saul mode. I’m curious what that person is.
While Saul Goodman’s job-free life was a mild curiosity during Breaking Bad’s run, the spinoff has definitely upped the ante when it came to the stakes involved with Jimmy McGill’s rise to infamy, both in and out of the office. This has, not incidentally, driven up interest in rewatching Breaking Bad episodes and seeing Saul in a completely different light. To actually get to see him on our TVs in that particular “pure Jimmy” scenario, though, outside of our own imaginations, would bring realization to a dream that I hadn’t even realized I had when Saul Goodman was originally in my life.
We’ve gotten a glimpse of Jimmy’s post-Saul life as Gene the Cinnabon assistant manager, and that guy is apparently interested in reliving his glory days. So perhaps Gilligan and Gould could hit rewind on those flash-forwards to bring us into Saul’s life away from the problems of Gus Fring and Walter White, so that we might know how things fared with him and Kim, as well as him and Chuck. Or anyone else, really, since we probably won’t get any actual resolutions with important characters like that in Season 3. Really, I’m just looking for Better Call Saul to bring in Kuby and Huell.
But even if this perfect pitch doesn’t get used, Bob Odenkirk has another great idea for what Season 3 could do to entertain fans. Here’s what else he told Variety.
Mike and Jimmy sitting in a tree. Or in a parking attendant’s booth. More me and Mike together, squaring off. It’s just always fun. It makes me laugh. It’s a great burst of energy to be working with [Jonathan] Banks like that.
There is nothing wrong with that idea, since more Jonathan Banks is exactly what TV needs these days. It was admittedly frustrating only having Jimmy and Mike’s storylines cross over in such a limited way during Season 2, so pushing their worlds together in Season 3 would be fantastic regardless of whether or not more Breaking Bad callbacks were introduced.
Better Call Saul Season 3 will debut on AMC at some point early in 2017. Until then, check out everything coming to TV in the coming months with our summer premiere schedule.