As confirmed by the writer of the show Peter Gould, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will be reprising their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman for cameos in Better Call Saul .
Announcing the news at the Better Call Saul panel at PaleyFest LA, per Variety , Peter Gould shared, “The first question we had when we started the show was, ‘Are we going to see Walt and Jesse on the show?’ Instead of evading, I’ll just say yes.
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul spoke with Rolling Stone about their return to the franchise, sharing how much effort went into keeping their cameos under wraps.
Bryan explained “They took us on a plane, they told us we couldn’t leave. So we were almost like witnesses in a protection program.”
Aaron shared that fans of the show “will be very excited to see how and when we show up,” but stipulated that there wasn’t much he could say.
These are all the ways Walt and Jesse could appear in Better Call Saul ‘s final season, and some fan theories that could turn out to be true.
1. Walt teaches a chemistry class.
In the timeline that Better Call Saul is set in, Walter White is not yet Heisenberg nor remotely connected to the world that Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) inhabits.
So it stands to reason that the way Walt will appear on the show will be in the role he had at the beginning of Breaking Bad: as a chemistry teacher.
It’s unclear how his role in the classroom could tie into Goodman’s story at this stage, but it would certainly make sense for him to return this way.
2. Jesse is Saul’s client
The most logical way for Jesse to make a cameo is to have him run into a run-in with the law, which means he has to hire a lawyer, a criminal defense attorney.
Who else would be suitable for the role but Saul Goodman? It would certainly fit into the Breaking Bad narrative because Jesse already knew the lawyer at the start of the show, and he was the one who introduced him to Walt.
3. A chance encounter
An easy way to get Walt or Jesse to appear in Better Call Saul without a specific explanation is for the characters to simply run into each other on the street or in another chance encounter.
This, of all the fan theories, would probably be the least satisfying because it would mean the characters don’t get the screen time they deserve.
It would also be a bit dodgy if Walt or Jesse had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo, rather than a fully realized appearance.
4. Walt is alive and knows Gene
One theory touted on the Better Call Saul Reddit page is that Walt could have survived the events of Breaking Bad and is alive in the flash-forward scenes with Gene Takovic, the alias used by Saul/Jimmy.
While it would certainly be a surprise for Walt to appear on the show in this way, it also doesn’t seem likely, mainly because the character’s death was such a momentous moment in the original show that returning now would undo everything. that came before
5. Jesse helps Gene
In that sense, Jesse is one of the only characters still alive after the events of Breaking Bad, so if he was the one to appear in the flash-forward scenes, it would make more sense.
At the start of Better Call Saul Season 5, Gene is spotted by a taxi driver who recognizes him as Saul Goodman, and calls Ed Galbraith (Robert Forster) to ask for a new identity before he decides to solve the problem himself.
Fans of the show haven’t seen exactly what Saul meant by this yet, but maybe Jesse could be involved in some way.