Better Call Saul features plenty of characters from its parent show Breaking Bad, from Saul Goodman / Jimmy McGill himself to Mike Ehrmantraut to Gus Fring – and the further down the road the timeline goes on the prequel series, the more of them we're seeing.
Many a fan has asked whether this means we'll get to see Walter White himself at some point and the show's producers are absolutely not ruling the idea out.
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who helm the Breaking Bad prequel, appeared on the Better Call Saul Insider podcast and responded to a rather interesting question raised by Bob Odenkirk, who plays Jimmy / Saul.
At the beginning of each season, we see Jimmy's latest persona (Cinnabon manager Gene) struggling with his new life following his time on Breaking Bad, and Odenkirk asked whether hearing news of Walter's death would make Gene think that he could "come out of hiding".
So does that mean the Gene scenes are actually taking place before the end of the events in Breaking Bad?
"Do we even know in our Omaha sequences, our Gene sequences… I mean, has [Walter's death] happened yet?" Gilligan said.
"We haven't defined that," Gould added. "We haven't said how long Gene has been in Omaha."
Gould then added: "It's an open question. It's one that will have to be answered at some point – like a lot of these things."
So if these scenes do in fact take place within the Breaking Bad timeline, it would mean that Walter could still be alive and in hiding himself in New Hampshire – and there's scope for 'Gene' to meet up with him still.
And although we know that Walt and his partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) aren't appearing in the current fourth season, Odenkirk has teased that the show is getting very close to Breaking Bad territory now.
"It's coming around and it's so close that it's the next thing to happen," he said. "It's so close that you can see it's right there at the end of the season essentially, but it takes up more time."
Better Call Saul airs on AMC in the US and on Netflix in the UK.
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