'Better Call Saul' Creators Confirm Walter and Jesse Won't Appear in Season 1

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are not rushing to bring 'Breaking Bad' favorite characters into the sequel because they want it to feel 'proper and organic' when it happens.

AceShowbiz - Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould set the record straight on the rumored appearance of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman on "Better Call Saul" when taking the stage at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. The creators said the two "Breaking Bad" favorite characters would not show up in the first season, but could appear in the follow-up seasons.

"In the spirit of full disclosure, Walt and Jesse will not appear in season 1," Gould said. "Having said that, everything else is on the table." Gilligan continued, "The short answer is: The sky is the limit and any of these characters could conceivably show up in future seasons."

"But the intention is it will feel proper and organic, because if it feels like a stunt then something has gone terribly wrong in the writers' room. Jesse will be tricky, because he's so young [during the 'Better Call Saul' timeline]. To be completely honest, I want to see them all eventually. There's a constant tension of, 'Man, this would be fun to do, but would it just be a stunt?' "

It's also explained that the Saul Goodman people saw on "Breaking Bad" will be different from the one on the prequel. Bob Odenkirk, the actor who plays the lawyer in two shows, dished on, "The guy you're going to meet in this show is a far more dimensional character than Saul."

"You're remembering what a slippery, two-faced, unethical guy Saul was on Breaking Bad," Gilligan said. "That was not the guy we're starting with." He added, "I think Saul wants to be (good) but he also wants to cut corners when he can."

The much-awaited series will debut February 8 with 10 episodes lined up for the first season. A second season of 13 episodes has been ordered by AMC ahead of the premiere. Bryan Cranston played Walter and Aaron Paul portrayed Jesse on the original series.

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