‘Better Call Saul’ to get some Philly flavor in the form of Mike Ehrmantraut

By Vince Gilligan’s own admission, he hopes that Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul becomes “The Love Boat of its generation.” By that he means cameos, and lots of them—including one by beloved former Philly cop Mike Ehrmantraut.

Gilligan spilled the beans in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying that, of all the characters to bring in to the new show, Jonathan Banks’ Mike seems to be the most obvious choice. Actually getting him on the show, though, might post a bit of a problem:

“The character that springs to mind would be Mike. That would be a great deal of fun. I would say the sky’s the limit, at least theoretically speaking. Realistically speaking, we’ve got a whole lot of actors, and the world is now well-aware of their wonderful talents and abilities, and therefore 'Breaking Bad' has probably made it tougher for [writer/producer] Peter [Gould] and I to get some of these folks pinned down for another TV show. They’re off making big movies and doing Broadway plays and whatnot, and that’s exactly the way it should be. That is a high-class problem that we will have to contend with as we go forward with 'Better Call Saul,' if we do indeed want to touch base with some of these characters…"

A high class problem, indeed. How the characters might be written into Better Call Saul is less of one though, with Gilligan saying the show is likely to jump around in storyline and time. Which, of course, means similar appearances from Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, the duo who started it all.

As fans of Breaking Bad will recall, Mike made his way to the ABQ via Philly, following an as-yet-unnamed disciplinary problem that lead to his removal from the force. Though never fully explained, Mike’s dismissal is likely due to him killing a wife-beater, as hinted at in the “Half Measures” episode of season three.

With any luck, we’ll find out in detail how everyone’s favorite dead-eyed Philly boy made his way out West in Better Call Saul. And straight from the hoagie mouth, too.