‘Breaking Bad’ Stars Reunite Amidst ‘Better Call Saul’ Rumors

Breaking Bad - Walter White and Saul Goodman

This weekend’s episode of Better Call Saul has the title “Breaking Bad.” That has fans excited that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will make their long-awaited debut in the prequel series.

In anticipation of that episode, a massive statue unveiling took place in Albuquerque on Friday. What was exciting was that Cranston and Paul both showed up for the unveiling of statues in their characters’ likeness.

Breaking Bad statues unveiled in Albuquerque

There was a statue unveiling in a convention center in Albuquerque as of Friday, July 29. The statues were of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the meth-dealing antiheroes from the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. Yes, characters like this are not likely for commemorative statues. However, creator Vince Gilligan joked that he understood why some people might not like the idea.

“In all seriousness, no doubt some folks are going to say, ‘Wow, just what our city needed.’ And I get that,” Gillian told THR. “I see two of the finest actors America has ever produced. I see them, in character, as two larger-than-life tragic figures, cautionary tales.”

Walter and Jesse from Breaking Bad meeting Saul Goodman

Both Bryan Cranston, who played the former science teacher turned meth cook Walter White, and Aaron Paul, who played his friend and cohort Jesse, was at the unveiling with Gilligan. Local politicians, including Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, also attended the ceremony. “While the stories might be fictional … jobs are real every single day,” Keller said. “The city is also a character. … We see ourselves in so many ways, good and bad.”

Not everyone was happy, though. Republican state Rep. Rod Montoya of Farmington said that he admits Cranston but feels that it is wrong to “glorify” meth dealers, even fictional ones. He also said it was strange to create these statues about fictional criminals when the state just removed a statue of Spanish conqueror Juan de Oñate in 2020.

Breaking Bad possibly making a comeback on Better Call Saul

The timing is also interesting because the next episode of Better Call Saul is “Breaking Bad.” Better Call Saul is a prequel series that details how attorney Jimmy McGill went from being an earnest attorney to becoming the criminal attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). That character’s first appearance on Breaking Bad was in an episode titled “Better Call Saul.” With Gilligan already saying that Walter White and Jesse Pinkman would appear on Better Call Saul before the last episode, the title of this next one seems like the best bet.

AMC let fans know that the two were returning to Better Call Saul earlier this year, but never mentioned when this would happen. Between the unveiling of the statues in Alburquerque and the title of the next episode, that time might be now. Better Call Saul has three episodes left and “Breaking Bad” airs on Monday night, August 1, on AMC.

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