When Breaking Bad aired its series finale in September of 2013, it didn’t seem like a franchise that was exactly brimming with more stories. We’d (pretty much) wrapped up the arcs for Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. It sure seemed like that was all Vince Gilligan and company had written. But that was incorrect. This first story has turned into a rich world with plenty of meat on the proverbial bone. And it looks like Aaron Paul would definitely be interested in getting back into the character and he wouldn’t even need to see a script in order to commit to it.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via MovieWeb), Aaron Paul was discussing the final season of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Brad prequel that original creator Vince Gilligan is also helming. This was all while also promoting his next movie, The Dual. During the conversation, he discussed the idea of taking part in the prequel series as well as the respect he has for Gilligan in creating the series. During the discussion, interviewer Brian Davids asked Paul if he would be interested in doing a Breaking Bad sequel that sees Walter’s daughter Holly trying to find Pinkman in Alaska. Aaron Paul didn’t hesitate, saying, “Honestly, if Vince is involved, my answer is yes.”
While a Breaking Bad sequel isn’t technically in the works here, it’s clear the respect that Aaron Paul has for Vince Gilligan and the attachment he has to the character of Pinkman. While it’s just an off-the-cuff answer in an interview, there’s definitely some truth here and we know that the Breaking Bad folks have had no shortage of stories in and around this universe of characters. Currently, Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel series starring Bob Odenkirk as the titular Saul Goodman (Jimmy McGill) is airing its final season, beginning to dovetail with the original series and setting the chess pieces for that series.
And of course, Aaron Paul has already done one follow-up story in this universe with 2019s El Camino on Netflix. That movie detailed the timeline immediately following the original series while also filling in some gaps from the show when we were following Cranston’s Walter White through his finals maneuverings. El Camino was overwhelmingly critically praised, scoring 91% on Rotten Tomatoes with many agreeing that Aaron Paul fully embodies the Pinkman character. It wouldn’t be a stretch at all to think about another movie in this franchise, detailing even more pieces of the world affected by the original. And Paul’s willingness to get on board as long as Gilligan has a script makes it seem even more likely.
In the meantime, you can check out Aaron Paul in his latest movie, The Dual with Karen Gillan. In it, Gillan’s character has to battle her clone in an alternate future that sees individuality literally put to the test of death. It hit theaters this weekend and has been received positively from critics. Maybe we see more Aaron Paul as Jesse at some point in the future.