Jan 28 2014, 1:03am CST | by Forbes
(Spoiler Alert for all of Breaking Bad) Sometimes television tops life itself. Breaking Bad fans, who were heartbroken when Mike Ehrmantraut, played by Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks, was killed off during season five, will get their fondest wish this fall. Deadline.com reports that Banks will join the cast–and Mike will come back to life–this November on AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul.
The hour-long series stars Bob Odenkirk as the title character, and Banks becomes the first Breaking Bad alum to join the cast of the AMC dramedy. Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould is the showrunner, with help from Breaking Bad auteur Vince Gilligan. The prequel format gives Gould and friends the flexibility to include characters, like Mike, who met an untimely end in Breaking Bad. Among those who are likely to pop up on the show are Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White, and Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman.
Banks earned a 2012 Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Ehrmantraut, who started out doing the dirty work for meth kingpin Gus Fring. Indeed, Banks’ character was only written at the last minute, when a scheduling conflict prevented Odenkirk from appearing in the season two episode in which he would clean up Jesse’s apartment after his girlfriend Jane’s drug overdose death. The writers created Mike to carry out this single errand, but Gilligan, a fan of Banks’ work on the 1980s drama Wiseguy, made him a member of the ensemble. Over the course of season three and four, Banks’ role grew, making him one of the show’s most complex and beloved characters. Banks currently guest stars on NBC’s Community./>
To tide you over until Better Call Saul airs this fall, here’s an interview with Banks.
Source: Forbes Business
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