It’s a tricky thing, bringing characters from a beloved and iconic series into a different show within the same universe. Sometimes it can be cheesy or forced, other times as if you’re grasping for ratings. But none of that has once gone through our heads regarding Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad spin-off series, Better Call Saul. And with the news that Aaron Paul is likely to reprise his role as Jesse Pinkman? Well, shit: we’re about to lose our ever-loving minds in the best way.
According to an interview with CBS News, the world’s most lovable drug dealer turned slave-meth-cook (uh, spoilers? I guess? But I mean really, at this point) has had "serious talks" with the new series’ co-creator Vince Gilligan about returning to the world of Jesse Pinkman. Specifically, the series would explore Pinkman’s life as a low-level drug dealer prior to getting caught up in the Walter White/Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston) clusterfuck that went on to change the course of his existence forever. (Never forget: methamphetamine is a very bad thing, kids).
"Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there," Paul explained during an interview. "I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days — because it's all a prequel — it would be fun."
Paul isn’t the only star from the series that may make a turn on the show: Jonathan Banks — also known as Mike Ehrmantraut — has already been confirmed to appear on the series as a regular, bringing many a joy to Breaking Bad fans. There’s no word on whether or not Cranston will show up at any point to play his pre-Heisenberg science teacher version of Walter White, but there’s always hope.
Mostly we’re just excited for the show itself, whoever ends up guest-starring, as Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman was regularly our favorite part of the AMC series. With a shift in tonality from serious drama to dark comedy, Odenkirk (and Banks, thanks to his pitch-perfect Professor Hickey currently trolling the halls of Greendale Community College on NBC’s Community) is likely to shine. We’re certainly looking forward to the series debut this November with baited breath.
And, yeah, we can’t lie: a few more instances of Jesse Pinkman yelling “bitch!” is far from the worst thing to return to our television screens. Admit it: we all love it.