Jesse Pinkman on Better Call Saul

Breaking Bad let Aaron Paul‘s Jesse Pinkman speed off into the night, but we may not have seen the last of the character. Vince Gilligan, the creator behind Breaking Bad and its fantastic spin-off series Better Call Saul, recently revealed that he’s open to bringing Jesse back to TV, one way or another.

Personally speaking, I’m more than happy with where Breaking Bad left tragic drug dealer Jesse Pinkman. The series concluded with the character being freed after being held captive and forced to cook meth, speeding off into the night while laughing hysterically. If you were hoping to someday learn what happened after Jesse sped away, though, you could be in luck. Speaking with Digital SpyBreaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan revealed he’d be open to bringing Jesse back to TV, possibly on the spin-off series Better Call Saul.

First, Gilligan theorized what might have happened to Jesse after the camera cut away from him in the car:

“There could have been police right around the next corner. Or there could have been an unfettered, free future for him. I personally would like to think he got away, because he paid his dues tenfold. I like to believe he got away. I don’t really know in terms of what he should be doing as a career. I just hope he would get away, and meet somebody nice, and not be a criminal anymore and not face those horrors that he faced. I always liked that character. I always had a soft spot for him.”

When pressed about Jesse returning on Saul, Gilligan said: “You never know if that character may get revisited in the future…Anything’s possible.”

Better Call Saul

While it wouldn’t make much sense to have Jesse appear in the main narrative of Better Call Saul, which is technically a prequel set before the events of Breaking Bad, there are occasional flash-forwards to the present, showing Bob Odenkirk‘s character Saul, aka Jimmy McGill, living in hiding. Having Jesse pop up somewhere there could be possible.

That said, I’m happy to let Better Call Saul existed on its own, without constantly referencing Breaking Bad. I grow frustrated every season when I see fans wondering if Bryan Cranston’s Walter White will appear on Saul. Why would you want him to? You have an entire series already featuring that character! Just watch that instead!

Of course, I might be in the minority here. You may hope for Better Call Saul to bring in more and more Breaking Bad characters every chance it gets. If so, take comfort in the knowledge that Vince Gilligan isn’t entirely adverse to the idea.

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