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Though AMC’s Better Call Saul is a spinoff of the popular critical darling Breaking Bad, one’s enjoyment of the Bob Odenkirk series is completely exclusive from one’s feelings about the flagship show. Still, one of its more interesting angles is that, as a quasi-prequel, it can incorporate characters from the Breaking Bad universe, and Odenkirk has a good idea of how many recognizable faces we can expect to see. (Spoilers below if you haven’t seen the first two episodes.)
Odenkirk spoke with Digital Spy about the darkly comedic drama, and he shared as exact a number as we’ve heard yet about how many Breaking Bad characters will make their way into Season 1 of Better Call Saul.
Here’s what you need to know: the writers have a board in the writing room, and it has all the characters from Breaking Bad on it. Like, little characters who just walked through or were referenced. So if you go into that world, I think you’ll see four or five of them. I don’t have the number in my head, but you’ll see more, or hear about more. Sometimes it’s just a reference.”
If we assume that Raymond Cruz’s lunatic leg-breaker Tuco Salamanca is one of the ones he’s talking about, that means we’ll probably get at least four more appearances of varying intensity. (I have trouble thinking any scene with any Breaking Bad character can top the madness in the desert during Episode 2.) Jonathan Banks’ Mike is one of the series regulars, so he’s not a part of that, and co-creator Vince Gilligan stated he wouldn’t be bringing Walt White or Jesse Pinkman into Season 1. So that leaves…just about everyone else we saw during six years of Breaking Bad.
Given how well Tuco got worked into his episode, both in terms of the character himself and how the situation affected Jimmy’s mental state, I’m even more interested than I originally was to see how other characters fit into this storyline. Four more cameos seems like a large number, even, unless some of the other characters get extremely minor roles that don’t compare to Tuco’s. That said, I wouldn’t hate if one of these appearances consisted of Jimmy in a coffee shop while Gale Boetticher tries to explain to a barista the perfect way to brew a cup. And all my fingers are crossed that Jimmy connects with Kuby and Huell as soon as possible.
Watch Better Call Saul on AMC on Monday nights to see who will pop up next.