How Walt and Jesse Could Appear in 'Better Call Saul' Season 6

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are confirmed to be returning to the Breaking Bad franchise, reprising their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman for cameo appearances in Better Call Saul.

Peter Gould confirmed Cranston and Paul's return to their iconic roles in the spin-off show on April 9, ahead of its sixth season premiere.

Announcing the news at the Better Call Saul panel at PaleyFest LA, per Variety, Gould shared: "The first question we had when we started the show was, 'Are we gonna see Walt and Jesse on the show?' Instead of evading, I'll just say yeah.

"How or the circumstances or anything, you'll just have to discover that for yourself, but I have to say that's one of many things that I think you'll discover this season."

Of course, Walt and Jesse aren't the first Breaking Bad characters to appear in the spin-off because almost every character of note has shown up over the course of the show's past five seasons, either as a cameo, like Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), or in a more substantial role like Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).

Here are all the ways Walt and Jesse could make an appearance in Better Call Saul's final season, and some fan theories that just might turn out to be true.

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Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman and Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad," the actors will reprise their roles in "Better Call Saul" Season 6. Frank Ockenfels/AMC

How Walt and Jesse Could Appear in 'Better Call Saul' Season 6

Cranston and Paul spoke to Rolling Stone about their return to the franchise, sharing how much effort went into keeping their cameos a secret.

The Walter White star explained: "We were flown in, we were told we can't leave. So we were almost like witnesses in a protection program."

Paul shared that the fans of the show "will be very excited to see how and when we show up," but he stipulated that there wasn't much he could actually say.

1. Walt Teaches a Chemistry Class

In the timeline that Better Call Saul is set in, Walter White isn't yet Heisenberg or indeed even remotely connected to the world that Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), inhabits.

So, it stands to reason that the way in which Walt will appear in the show will be in the role he had at the start of Breaking Bad: as a chemistry teacher.

How his role in the classroom could be linked to Goodman's story at this stage is unclear, but it certainly would make sense to have him return in this way.

2. Jesse is Saul's Client

The most logical way for Jesse to make a cameo is by having him have a run-in with the law, meaning he has to hire a lawyer—a criminal lawyer.

Who else would be suited for the role but Saul Goodman? It would certainly fit into the Breaking Bad narrative because Jesse already knew the lawyer at the start of the show, and he was the one who introduced him to Walt.

3. A Chance Encounter

One easy way to have either Walt or Jesse appear in Better Call Saul without needing a specific explanation for it is to have the characters simply bump into each other on the street or in another chance encounter.

This, of all the fan theories, would probably be the least satisfying because it would mean the characters aren't given the screen-time they deserve.

Also it would be a bit of a cop-out to have either Walt or Jesse have a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo, rather than a fully realized appearance.

4. Walt Is Alive and Meets Gene

One theory touted on the Better Call Saul Reddit page is that Walt could have survived the events of Breaking Bad and is alive in the flash-forward scenes with Gene Takovic, the alias used by Saul/Jimmy.

While it'd certainly be a surprise for Walt to appear in the show this way it also doesn't seem likely, mainly because the character's death was such a momentous moment in the original show, so to go back on that now would undo everything that came before it.

5. Jesse Helps Gene

On that note, Jesse is one of the only characters who is still alive following the events of Breaking Bad, so if he were to be the one to appear in the flash-forward scenes it would make more sense.

At the start of Better Call Saul Season 5, Gene is discovered by a taxi driver who recognizes him as Saul Goodman, and he calls Ed Galbraith (Robert Forster) to ask for a new identity before he decides to deal with the problem himself.

Fans of the show are yet to see exactly what Saul meant by this, but perhaps Jesse could be involved in some way.

Better Call Saul airs Mondays on AMC.

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Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, in "Better Call Saul" Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television