11:00 am EST, February 12, 2015

Eight ‘Breaking Bad’ characters we’d like to see in ‘Better Call Saul’

Better Call Saul proved itself as a worthy Breaking Bad prequel during its two part premiere – but who else should return?

For Breaking Bad fans, the wait was finally over as the prequel series Better Call Saul debuted to record breaking viewers and critical acclaim. Played by Bob Odenkirk, the infamous criminal lawyer finally took us back to the world we all love. The series also sees the return of Mike Ehrmantraut (Johnathon Banks), and — in a surprise appearance during the two hour premiere — Raymond Cruz’s Tuco Salmanaca.

With writer Vince Gilligan clearly more than happy to accommodate Breaking Bad alumni making cameos, it’s got us thinking – who else should come back? Here’s our top eight picks:

Better Call Saul Hank Schrader
Jimmy McGill is a criminal lawyer. Surely at some point in his pre-Breaking Bad career, he’ll come face to face with Hank Schrader? With Hank quite literally biting the dust in Bad‘s final season, Dean Norris wouldn’t be able to make a return in any sequels which are made (we can dream, right?). Because of its prequel status, Better Call Saul is our only opportunity to see the DEA agent on TV again. Team him up with Steve Gomez, pit the two of them against Saul in a court case, and you have exciting television and plenty of fanboying/fangirling.

Better Call Saul Tortuga
Danny Trejo is a legendary actor, and it’s a shame his talents were limited to such a short appearance in the main show. Tortgua, a Cartel runner turned DEA informant, didn’t even last a whole episode before a tortoise waddled through the desert carrying his severed head. Better Call Saul could explore Tortuga’s transition from drug smuggler to DEA informant, with Saul helping to strike a bargain between him and Hank (or a new DEA agent entirely).

Better Call Saul Gus Fring
Will he? Won’t he? Actor Giancarlo Esposito and Breaking Bad‘s writers have been offering conflicting teasers about whether or not we’ll see the terrifying Gus Fring back for Better Call Saul. At first, the actor seemed thrilled at the prospect, then, not so keen. This lack of enthusiasm could all just be a red herring to hide the fact the Fring will pop up at some point. We sure hope so, as there’s still so much we don’t know about this compelling villain.

Better Call Saul Huell Babineaux
We may never know the answer to Breaking Bad‘s ultimate mystery: Did Huell ever leave the safe house? But we can find out more about the journey that lead him there. Huell is very much Breaking Bad‘s Hodor – he’s the strong silent type who, despite his relative lack of lines, managed to be massively entertaining every time he was on screen. We’d love to have him back, even if it was just for a cameo (we can picture Saul walking past Huell asleep in the middle of the street).

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