Better Call Saul: Walt and Jesse Are Not in Season 1

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Breaking Bad was brilliant, so it’s only right that hype for Better Call Saul be growing and growing.

If there’s one thing Breaking Bad fans everywhere wanted to really know, it was whether or not we would be seeing younger versions of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

“In the interest of full disclosure, Walt and Jesse will not appear in Season 1,” executive producer and co-creator Peter Gould told the press at the Better Call Saul Q&A at Winter TV Press Tour 2015, adding that apart from Walt and Jesse’s absence, “everything else is on the table.”

The spinoff series will be an origin story of sorts, telling of Saul Goodman’s days as a small-time lawyer, back when he was known as Jimmy McGill.

While Gould was clear that Walt and Jesse would be a no-show in season 1, creator Vince Gilligan didn’t rule out their inclusion in future seasons.

“The short answer is, the sky is the limit and the characters could conceivably show up in the future but our intention is when they do feel proper and fitting and organic,” Gilligan said. “If it feels like a stunt, then we in the writer’s room have done something terribly wrong.”

Lead actor Bob Odenkirk joked, “Every time I come in the office, I ask, ‘Has Walter White called yet?’ And Jesse would be in middle school.”

Okay, so Walt and Jesse may not be here, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting other characters from Breaking Bad. Gould said that they “could conceivably bring back” many of the much-loved show’s characters, but pointed out that it had to be “organic to the show.”

Jonathan Banks, who will be returning to play Mike Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul, said, “Those people, whether it was Bryan or Aaron or Dean, are loved, their ghosts are there. But this is a different show. And it is really good.”

Better Call Saul will premiere on AMC February 8 (U.S. date).