Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad mythology is coming full circle as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reprise their roles as the iconic Walter White/Heisenberg and equally memorable Jesse Pinkman, respectively, for Better Call Saul season 6.
The development has been something fans anticipated since the Bob Odenkirk-led spin-off premiered back in 2015 due to the story’s placement in the overall chronology; and to an extent the main series’ feature-length epilogue, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which depicted the aftermath of Breaking Bad season 5 from Jesse Pinkman’s perspective (lacking in Walt’s presence for obvious, spoiler-related reasons).
But now, in light of the Twitter posts from both AMC and the show’s official account featuring a brand new image of Cranston and Paul in full costume captioned: “They’re coming back” – we have solid confirmation. The long-awaited reunion is finally happening. Break out the Dos Hombres Mezcal. Cue the Thin Lizzy.
“I don’t want to spoil things for the audience, but I will say the first question we had when we started the show was: ‘Are we gonna see Walt and Jesse on the show?’ Instead of evading, I’ll just say yeah,” series co-creator Peter Gould revealed this past weekend during a panel at PaleyFest Los Angeles.
“How or the circumstances or anything, you’ll just have to discover that for yourself, but I have to say that’s one of many things that I think you’ll discover this season.”
A little earlier in the week, Vince Gilligan himself teased the (re)appearance of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in Better Call Saul season 6, effectively setting the foundation for Breaking Bad season 1.
“These two worlds cross over in a way that you haven’t seen before, that’s for sure,” says Gilligan.
“It would be a damn shame if the show ended without [Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul] appearing, would it not?”
Of course, given how Better Call Saul serves as an expansion of the Breaking Bad universe – and a wonderfully masterful one at that, illustrating the nuanced evolution of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill from slippin’ con artist to struggling attorney to morally ambiguous criminal lawyer Saul Goodman – season 6 certainly isn’t the sole occasion a familiar face has popped up.
In addition to regular cast members such as Jonathan Banks who portrays retired police officer turned hitman Mike Ehrmantraut and Giancarlo Esposito who portrays Cartel-backed kingpin/Chicken Don Gus Fring, throughout the series, the likes of Raymond Cruz’s psycho narcotics distributor Tuco Salamanca, Mark Margolis’ Hector Salamanca (AKA Senor Ding-Ding), Dean Norris’ DEA Agent Hank Schrader, Steven Michael Quezada’ DEA Agent Steven “Gomey” Gomez, and even Lavell Crawford’s professional pickpocket Huell Babineaux have played a part.
The first seven episodes of Better Call Saul season 6 hits Australia on April 19th, 2022 while the last six episodes land on July 12th, 2022 (via Stan).