“Better Call Saul” held a screening of its next episode at the PaleyFest in L.A. on Saturday and it led to the revelation that a “Breaking Bad” cameo had to be nixed from the current season, among other juicy tidbits.
“Better Call Saul” stars Bob Odenkirk (Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman), Rhea Seehorn (Kim Wexler), Michael McKean (Chuck McGill), and Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin) were joined on the Dolby Theater stage by showrunners Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan. During the panel, Gilligan revealed that a fan favorite from “Breaking Bad” was supposed to appear in the season finale but that cameo didn’t pan out.
“We had a perfect opportunity for someone from our Breaking Bad universe to show up,” the “Better Call Saul” boss said (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Gould added that the decision to ultimately do away with the cameo was not an easy one. “It killed me though,” he said. “That would’ve been fun.”
Gilligan also spoke about dealing with the temptation to pile the “Breaking Bad” prequel/spin-off with cameos, telling Vulture, “It’s difficult not to overdo it. We love all these characters and actors from the Breaking Bad universe.”
He added: “The difficulty is maintaining a level of self discipline to stop yourself from saying, ‘Lets have this person walk through the background,’ or ‘Let’s have this person get splashed by mud as Jimmy drives by.'”
The topic of “Breaking Bad” cameos led fans to ask why Kim Wexler, whose relationship with Jimmy has been one of the focal points of season 2, does not appear in “Breaking Bad.” Seehorn, who plays Kim in the series, answered, “Just because we didn’t see her doesn’t mean she’s not there.”
In the next episode titled “Rebecca,” Jimmy struggles with his restrictive office environment as Kim resorts to desperate measures at HHM.
“Better Call Saul” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.