Jonathan Banks is on board for 'Better Call Saul', who else should join?
We got word this week that Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul has added a series regular to its roster, and it’s none other than Jonathan Banks’ fixer Mike Ehrmantraut. The show, a one-hour drama slated to debut on AMC in November, will focus on Bob Odenkirk’s criminal lawyer Saul Goodman before he became Walter White’s go-to guy.
We could all use more Mike in our lives. But who else should pay a visit to the show? Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have both expressed interest in being part of it, though there’s no way either sign on to be part of the regular cast. So after lowering our expectations just a notch, we considered characters who should join Better Call Saul on a semi-permanent basis:
Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito): Now that Mike is coming back, it seems like a no-brainer that his boss Gustavo Fring should return as well. It’s unlikely actor Giancarlo Esposito — currently on NBC’s Revolution — would commit fully to this, but we’d love at least a hint at what life was like for Gus' empire before Walt.
Saul’s secretary Francesca (Tina Parker): Let’s be real: Saul couldn’t get the job done without her! Plus, she’s a hoot. Remember when she demanded $25,000 from Walt after he broke Saul’s office door —and he gave it to her?
Gale Boetticher (David Costabile): He’s the first chemist hired by Gus to help set up the superlab. Unfortunately for him, he suggests that Gus hire Walt, and then meets a tragic end because of him. Lucky for us, Better Call Saul is a prequel, so Gale can show up as Gus’ trusted pal all he wants!
Huell (Lavell Crawford): No skeezy lawyer like Saul Goodman can survive without his bodyguard. And we don’t want to see a version of this show without comedian Crawford’s hilarious Huell, who does so much with practically zero dialogue.
Steve Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada): We’re not quite sure how the DEA agent factors in, but we’re sure there could be some connection with him and all those criminals Saul represents. Quezada, who’s actually a comedian and talk-show host in New Mexico, was a very entertaining sidekick for Dean Norris’ Hank throughout Bad; he could shine on this new show that will likely rely more on dark comedy.