LOS ANGELES — Spoiler alert for Breaking Bad fans: Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will not be making appearances on the premiere season of the prequel Better Call Saul.
Producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould nixed the idea at the Television Critics Association Conference.
“We want this to stand on its own. We don’t want to mislead people in expecting something that’s not going to happen. But having said that everything else is on the table,” said Gould.
School teacher turned drug dealer White, played by Bryan Cranston, and former student and accomplice Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, are the two most beloved characters in the award-winning series.
The prequel, airing Feb. 8, takes place six years before Breaking Bad, and centres around the life of lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) who is known as Jimmy McGill in the series.
But there is still hope for fans hoping for cameos from the original cast.
“We’re not saying it’s never going to happen,” said Gilligan. “I want to see them all eventually show up. The sky’s the limit. But we don’t want it to feel like stunt when they show up. If it feels like that then we in the writer’s room have done something horribly wrong.”
The prequel looks at Saul before he becomes Walter White’s shady lawyer. At the start of the series he is trying desperately to make a living.
There were earlier reports that Cranston and Paul were in talks to appear in the series. But Cranston told critics that the character of Pinkman would likely still be in high school during the timing of the prequel.
“We just loved Bob and we loved Saul and we loved writing words in Saul’s mouth. We loved writing the crazy dialogue that Saul produces,” Gilligan told the Star after the panel in his reasons for doing the prequel. “It was really as simple as that. Then we said to ourselves ‘how do we build a show around this character.’ And then we realized we had to go back and do a prequel to figure this out.”
Despite the immense critical success of Breaking Bad, Gilligan says he still gets nervous about how his work will be received.
“I don’t know if the world will like it, but I’m really proud of it. It’s a god---- good show in my opinion,” he said to laughter.