Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are confirmed to appear in Better Call Saul. Here’s every theory on how Walt and Jesse can cameo on the show.
WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for the first half of Better Call Saul season 6.
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are confirmed to appear in the second half of Better Call Saul season 6, and there are quite a few possibilities regarding how Walt and Jesse can be introduced into the spinoff. More than seven years after Better Call Saul’s premiere, the two characters that started it all will finally appear in the universally praised spinoff series. Despite being heavily connected to the events of Breaking Badespecially in the later seasons, Better Call Saul has always avoided “wink at the camera“types of cameos, making Walt and Jesse’s announced appearances even more intriguing.
The Jimmy McGill Better Call Saul timeline has never been closer to that of Breaking Bad. Gus Fring is currently one enemy away from establishing his new secret lab – in which Gale, Walter, and Jesse will eventually work. McGill’s inevitable Saul Goodman persona has become more and more present, and most of the Better Call Saul characters not on Breaking Bad have already had their fates revealed – with the only exceptions being Kim Wexler and Lalo Salamanca to date.
Ever since Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were confirmed to be appearing in Better Call Saul season 6, audiences have been trying to find out how exactly the Breaking Bad duo will fit within the series’ story. It is only in Breaking Bad season 2 that Saul Goodman starts working with Walt / Heisenberg and Jesse, making their roles in Better Call Saul somewhat challenging to predict. That said, Better Call Saul is no stranger to fast forwards and jumping in between different timelines, meaning that there is more than just one possibility as to how Walt and Jesse will appear. Producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have also pointed out that Walt and Jesse’s cameos will not be meaningless and that Better Call Saul season 6 will change how audiences see Breaking Bad. Here’s every theory on how Walt and Jesse will appear in Better Call Saul season 6.
Walt & Jesse Appear As Cameos (Before Breaking Bad)
The most straightforward way for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to appear in Better Call Saul is by having Walt and Jesse cameo in scenes set before the events of Breaking Bad season 2 or before Walt even goes to Jesse with his proposal. That would avoid any chances of a significant Breaking Bad retcon, and it would still do the trick of having Cranston and Paul appearing in the spinoff. However, if Walt and Jesse’s roles in Better Call Saul are indeed in the current Jimmy McGill timeline and do not tackle the events of Breaking Bad, then whatever scene Walter White is in cannot have any significant impact either on his or Jimmy’s story. Not only does Walt not get involved with any criminals until the Breaking Bad pilot, but he also only learns about Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad season 2. On the other hand, it would be easier for Jesse, as the Aaron Paul character had already heard of Saul Goodman, the “criminal“lawyer. As such, Better Call Saul could see Saul helping a young Jesse or one of his friends.
Walt & Jesse Kidnap Saul (From Jimmy’s Point Of View)
If Walt and Jesse’s role in Better Call Saul is more than just a wink-at-the-camera style nod, one possibility is for Better Call Saul to revisit the day Walt and Jesse met Saul Goodman – except from Jimmy’s point of view. Jesse recommends Saul Goodman to Walter White during the Badger crisis, and the situation escalates to the point the duo has to kidnap Saul to avoid Badger cutting a deal. It was never revealed how much Saul or Mike knew about Heisenberg before Walt came looking for a lawyer, and it would be interesting for Better Call Saul to reveal that Mike and Gus were already overseeing this new potential player through Saul Goodman – even if it is indirectly. As such, Better Call Saul could explore the window between Walt’s first meeting with Saul in his office and Saul being kidnapped by Walt and Jesse. The kidnapping scene is also when audiences first learn the names Ignacio Varga and Lalo in Breaking Badadding extra weight to the moment where both became crucial Better Call Saul characters.
Better Call Saul Revisits Brock’s Poisoning (& Gus’ Death)
Just like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has been all about the moral fall of its main character. In that sense, it would be interesting to revisit what is perhaps the worst act with Saul Goodman was involved – the poisoning of Brock. While Saul is not the one who poisoned Brock, he assisted Walter in his cover-up story by sending Huel to steal Jesse’s ricin cigarette and later hiding it somewhere else. Curiously, all of those moments happened offscreen – which could allow Better Call Saul to revisit Breaking Bad season 4’s Brock poisoning while also adding something new to the story. After six seasons of a likable Jimmy McGill slowly turning into the relentless Saul Goodman, it would be most fitting to show how much further the character still had to fall before the end of Better Call Saul. Brock’s poisoning is also connected with the events that led to Gus’s death, which could also be given additional context in Better Call Saul through Jimmy or Mike’s point of view alongside the appearances of Jesse and Walter.
Better Call Saul Revisits Ozymandias
“Ozymandias” is regarded by many as one of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, and its events also had huge implications for Saul. After “Ozymandias,” Walter White and all of his associates were now exposed to the public, leading Saul Goodman to opt for the vacuum cleaner option and become “Gene. ” Better Call Saul season 6 could revisit “Ozymandias,” showing more of the events that preceded and followed the quintessential Breaking Bad episode, as well as how Saul reacted to it. Better Call Saul already tackled the events of “Ozymandias” during a fast-forward in season 4, revealing Saul and Francesca running away from their office, but a more extended look at those events from Saul’s point of view could reveal more about how Gene’s life came to be . If Kim is alive during Breaking Badrevisiting “Ozymandias” in Better Call Saul would also allow the spinoff to show a possible Jimmy and Kim farewell before he has to escape.
Walt Meets Gene In Omaha
As unlikely as it might sound, a Walter White cameo in the Gene timeline cannot be ruled out. A real podcast featured in Better Call Saul season 2, episode 1, suggests a 10-month window in Gene’s timeline in which Walt was still alive. It is interesting to remember how Walt put together the plan for Gretchen and Elliot to launder his money for Walter Jr. – and this is a plan that reeks of Saul Goodman – meaning that Walt could have gone to Gene to ask for help with this scheme. Also, Saul mentioned to Walt that he would work at a “Cinnabon in Omaha“If everything went right, so it would make sense that Walt may be able to track Saul down. That would explain at least how Bryan Cranston appears in Better Call Saul season 6, leaving Aaron Paul’s appearance subject to any previous point in the timeline.
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