Walter White and Jesse Pinkman won’t be making any appearances on the first season of “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to “Breaking Bad” that will begin airing on AMC next month.
But that doesn’t mean those two lead characters, played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, won’t make it sometime in the future, said Peter Gould, an executive producer, on Saturday. “Better Call Saul” is set six years prior to the time of the award-winning “Breaking Bad.”
Gould said he and his partner, Vince Gilligan, want to let “Better Call Saul” stand on its own. If Cranston and Paul, or any touchstones of “Breaking Bad” appear in the new series, it better feel natural to the story, Gilligan said.
“If it feels like a stunt, then those of us in the writer’s room will have done something wrong,” Gilligan said.
The series debuts Feb. 8, with its second episode being televised the next day. Given the commercial and critical success of its predecessor, it’s among the most anticipated new programs of the year. Bob Odenkirk, a supporting player in “Breaking Bad,” steps up as the lead character, Saul Goodman, in the show focusing on his law practice.