Breaking Bad's Most Likely Spinoff Has To Deal With The Recast Problem Better Call Saul Avoided

What's next for the Breaking Bad universe? The most likely spinoff series would have to overcome a challenge that Better Call Saul avoided.

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The most likely Breaking Bad spinoff would run into an issue that Better Call Saul managed to avoid: recasting characters. After the original series concluded in 2013, show runners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould quickly moved on to the prequel series, following Saul Goodman. After 11 seasons of television and one movie, the Breaking Bad universe seems to be at a pause for the time being, leaving many wondering what the next project could be.

After the events of Breaking Bad, not many characters in the Albuquerque, New Mexico crime world remain alive. Many of the original characters in Better Call Saul also suffered premature fates, or had their stories properly concluded. The only solution for more Breaking Bad shows, then, would be to continue fleshing out characters' backstories with more prequel spinoffs.

A Gus Fring Prequel Would Need To Recast (When Better Call Saul Didn't)

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring in Breaking Bad

The most likely subject of the next Breaking Bad spinoff (if there is one) Is Gus Fring. Gus' character has been fleshed out by the stories of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as well as in flashbacks from the former. However, he's always been a person of mystery and intrigue, with viewers theorizing about Gus' life behind the scenes. His home life and backstory are very rarely depicted. The major hurdle that would oppose a Gus Fring prequel, however, is the age of actor Giancarlo Esposito, who made the character truly iconic.

Since Better Call Saul began just after Breaking Bad, and was only set six years before the start of the original series, actors could still pass as younger versions of their respective characters. On the other hand, If a prequel were to take place in the 1990s while following the Gustavo Fring flashbacks seen in Breaking Bad, it would hardly be believable for the now 65-year-old Giancarlo Esposito to continue playing the crime lord. Recasting would fix that issue, but create another one in the process, considering how difficult it is to imagine any other actor in the role. After all, Esposito portrayed him in more than 50 episodes across two different shows.

Would A Gus Fring Prequel Work (With Or Without Recasting)?

Gustavo Fring sipping a glass of wine in Better Call Saul

For those who are craving more Breaking Bad, a Gus Fring prequel probably wouldn't be the solution. Recasting such an iconic character is always a challenge, and attempting a younger version of Gus with Giancarlo Esposito would also be hard to sell. Not to mention, most of Gus' appeal comes from his mysterious demeanor. Expanding on him too much and building sympathy for him, similarly to the way Better Call Saul does with Jimmy, might take away from the mystification that makes him so menacing. For that reason, a future series would be better-served building new characters in the universe.