Not content with creating one of the most successful spin-off series of all time in Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan could be looking to do it again with another of the show’s beloved characters.
Gilligan dropped the bombshell in an interview with Radio Times, where he was musing on being asked why he chose Saul Goodman as his spin-off character:
“You know it’s funny, I was answering a question earlier today, why Saul and not another character like Jesse Pinkman and why not Gustavo Fring? I could absolutely see a series about all these characters.”
However, before you crack out the blue meth in celebration of another potential series in the extended Breaking Bad universe, it’s worth noting that Giligan did add that he worried that they could be accused of “chewing our cud twice” and “going to the well a bit too much”.
Still, that’s not a flat-out ‘no’. Meaning there is wiggle room on a third instalment from the deserts of New Mexico.
Just in case he was considering a further spin-off and was unsure where to go next, we’ve picked out five Breaking Bad characters who are more than ready to step up to the plate.
Better Call Badger
Loveable stoner, occasional meth dealer, part-time walking billboard – Peter ‘Badger’ Mayhew remains the closest thing Jesse has to a friend throughout the entire show.
He gets abandoned in the dessert, pushed into drug dealing and threatens a rich couple all in the name of the Heisenberg empire.
We’d love to see where Badger’s easily coerced nature led him, whether he had more theories on Darth Vader (“he was responsible for the Death Star”) and if we ever get an answer to the mystery of whatever happened to that cat he was supposed to feed.
Cooking with Gus
OK, so his initial financial backing may have been a little suspect, but you’ve got to give some credit to Gustavo Fring for putting together a successful chain of chicken shops. Did he create Los Pollos Hermanos’ ‘old-fashioned’ recipe himself?
Perhaps we need a prequel YouTube series, where the Chilean-born drug lord calmly talks you through a number of his culinary favourites?
“Now, take our your box-cutter…”
Whilst Breaking Bad gave us a look at Hank Schrader the DEA Agent, the family-man, the home-brewer and the rock collector (“They’re minerals. Jesus, Marie”) – surely there’s a credible cop series in Hank’s journey from rookie cop to hulking bald superman?
The streets of Albuquerque are full of crime and Hank is a novice officer looking to climb the ladder and take on the all-powerful cartel, alongside his partner Steven Gomez. We’re into this one.
Oh Todd – white supremacist, shoddy meth cook, child-killer and loveable cutie. The dead-eyed Todd Alquist is one of the show’s main antagonists in the later series, a genuinely creepy mercenary who seems to have no remorse for the most terrible actions.
Todd finally received his comeuppance in the show’s finale – is there not part of us all who would like to see Alquist return to haunt his killer?
Breakfast with Flynn
You all know where we’re going with this. Walt White Jr. moves on from his father’s meth legacy by becoming one of America’s most-revered breakfast critics.
The show would consist of ‘Flynn’ sampling sausages and meeting chefs to discuss the best way to make scrambled eggs. It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom for the White family.
Give us a call, Vince. We’ve got plenty more.
Better Call Saul Series 2 is currently streaming on Netflix