Talking to the Television Critics Association Saturday morning, the creative team behind Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul confirmed that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will not appear in the series' first season.
"Walt and Jesse will not appear in season one. We really want this to stand on its own," said co-showrunner Peter Gould, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although Gould added that he's "not saying it's never going to happen," the creators are being cautious bringing the Breaking Bad leads to the show.
"Our intention and our hope is that it will feel proper and organic," co-showrunner (and Breaking Bad creator) Vince Gilligan said of the possibility of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reprising their Bad roles. "If it feels like a stunt, then we in the writer's room will feel like we have done something wrong." However, the writers “do have a cork board featuring all of the Bad characters they could bring back, according to THR, “from the big ones like Jesse and Walt to the small ones you might not remember, like Wendy,” the meth-addicted prostitute who works at the Crossroads Motel.
AMC has also released a two-minute trailer for the series that gives the longest look at what we can expect when the show debuts next month.
Better Call Saul focuses on the evolution of unscrupulous attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, before he became Walter White’s lawyer. Premiering over two nights -- Sunday, Feb. 8 and Monday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. -- the series also stars Jonathan Banks as Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean as Chuck McGill, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho Varga.
After its two-night premiere, Better Call Saul will air Mondays at 10 p.m. on AMC.