Bryan Cranston’s 1 Condition For A Walter White Return Makes It VERY Unlikely

Bryan Cranston’s most iconic role to date is that of Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, but his one condition for reprising the part makes a Walter return nigh impossible — which is actually good news for Breaking Bad. The successes of Vince Gilligan’s “Gilliverse” has been felt all around the world. After the resounding triumph that was Breaking Bad‘s 5-season run, no one dreamed that the spinoff series Better Call Saul would only elevate and rival its predecessor. Walter White did appear in the spinoff series after much audience anticipation and request, and his cameo successfully added to the franchise lore rather than detracting from it.


Now that Better Call Saul has ended, it seems as though the Gilliverse has too. Storylines for both shows and the film have been wrapped up neatly, but viewers are still hoping that actor Bryan Cranston could take up the mantle of Walter White again. In an interview with Awards Radar, Cranston admitted he’d play White again on one condition: the pitch for his return would have to be noteworthy. He appropriately adopted a “never say never” attitude since returning twice as the character. However, his caveat for another coda makes his return unlikely for a few reasons that end up being good for Breaking Bad in the long run.

It’s Hard To Imagine An Idea Good Enough To Bring Back Bryan Cranston As Walter White

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Better Call Saul.

One of the reasons that it’s unlikely Cranston will portray White again is that the Gilliverse idea pool is essentially dry. In the aforementioned interview, the actor stated that the pitch for more Walter content would have to give him an “OH MY GOD” reaction. Better Call Saul is probably the farthest that the Gilliverse would be able to reach, and now that all the major characters in Breaking Bad have been thoroughly explored, the only course left would be either a Gus Fring prequel spinoff or even a Mike Ehrmantraut show. Both characters have had a major impact, and their pasts would be interesting to see on the screen.

However, while these prequel storylines could be intriguing, they may not be up to the level of narrative quality that Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul has set. Cranston himself has had doubts that the Breaking Bad universe will continue, even saying in that same interview, “It’s not often that you get an ‘OH MY GOD’ reaction when you read or hear a pitch. If you’re stunned and astonished by something, you should pay attention. So, if that happens, I don’t assume that will.” The problem with Walter appearing in a Gus or Mike prequel would be the Breaking Bad timeline itself. Ultimately, it seems there’s little choice.

Walter White Shouldn’t Return Even If Breaking Bad’s Universe Continues

Walter White and Mike staring off in a field

Cranston also expressed in the interview that it’s possible Vince Gilligan could continue with more stories. However, this doesn’t mean that Walter White should be a part of them. Walter was arguably given the perfect ending in Breaking Bad. In addition, he received two encores for the character with El Camino and Better Call Saul that artfully added to his arc and didn’t cheapen his death. He was able to slide into the prequel spinoff’s timeline with ease, and Gilligan handled the short storyline in BCS satisfyingly. Continuing with a Gus or Mike prequel, which seems to be the only option, and including Walter risks beating a dead horse.

Truthfully, no more is really needed from Walter White. His story has been told to a length that is fulfilling without becoming exhaustive, and adding more appearances could pose a risk of either disrupting canon, retconning previous timeline information, or creating unnecessary plot holes. While audiences would surely enjoy seeing Cranston take up the role again, the part has been played, and the story is over. Continuing White’s arc risks everything that Vince Gilligan has built between Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and El Camino and would propagate audience fatigue. It’s better to leave off on a high note than to tell an unnecessary story.

Source: Awards Radar

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