Bob Odenkirk reveals the hardest part about leaving Better Call Saul behind. Odenkirk originated the role of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s criminal lawyer in Breaking Bad season 2 and returned for the prequel series which chronicled Jimmy McGill’s slow descent from an earnest attorney into the unscrupulous Saul Goodman. Better Call Saul season 6 brought the acclaimed spinoff to an end last August, representing the end of the greater Breaking Bad universe for the time being.
During a recent interview with Collider for his new series Lucky Hank, Odenkirk was asked what the hardest part of leaving Better Call Saul behind was. His answer had nothing to do with his own character he’s played for the past decade, saying it was “saying goodbye to the cast.” Odenkirk specifically mentioned Rhea Seehorn, who played his character’s closest confidante Kim Wexler, and Patrick Fabian, who played his nemesis Howard Hamlin. Odenkirk also mentioned Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito, whom he starred alongside since Breaking Bad. Read what he said below:
No, the most impactful thing was saying goodbye to the cast. The thing that hurts my heart is having the camaraderie and the love and friendship with Rhea Seehorn and Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando and John Banks and Giancarlo Esposito be in my past. That was the hardest thing about moving on from that show. Nothing comes close to that. The character was an incredible gift to me, career wise and challenge wise, but being inside that guy, who was lonely and had fairly immature behavior, was hard after a while. I’m fine with walking away from that.
What’s Next For The Better Call Saul Cast
Better Call Saul garnered widespread acclaim over the course of its six-season run and as a result, many opportunities are now lined up for its standout cast. Odenkirk has quickly returned to the network that redefined his career for a new show called Lucky Hank which follows him as a neurotic English professor at an underfunded Pennsylvania college. Seehorn is set to lead Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan’s new Apple TV+ show which is currently in development for two seasons and is said to be a “blended, grounded genre drama.”
With no return as the beloved cleaner Mike Ehrmantraut on the horizon, Banks shouldn’t have trouble finding work considering he’s accrued over 180 acting credits during his career. Similarly, Esposito probably won’t be back as the Los Pollos Hermanos owner and drug kingpin Gus Fring, though he will remain busy with The Mandalorian, The Boys, and other projects. Michael Mando’s post-Better Call Saul career isn’t off to a good start as he was recently fired from the Apple TV+ show Sinking Spring after an on-set clash with a co-star. Nevertheless, the future is bright for the Better Call Saul cast.