As pondered by reporters, teased by creators, and anticipated by fans, it is now official that the character Mike Ehrmantraut, as played by Jonathan Banks, will be returning to television.
Banks, who earned accolades and legions of new fans from his portrayal of the curt, wise, and strangely charming fixer on ‘Breaking Bad,’ has signed on as a regular for the spin-off prequel series ‘Better Call Saul,' as reported first by Deadline.
The series focuses on evoltuion of the personable and somewhat sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, of whom Ehrmantraut associated on 'Bad'. Both instantly became beloved characters (not that, save for Skyler occasionally, there were that many character not adored), and there was much speculation that Banks’ character would fit in sensibly to a prequel.
The hour-long dramedy, headed by ‘Bad’ showrunner Vince Gilligan and writer/director Peter Gould, who also is credited with penning the Goodman character, has been much talked about over the last few month, with details ever so slowly emerging.
Gilligan in interviews said that this was a possibility, as well as offering that both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul could reprise their roles in cameo appearances – Paul has already expressed interest.
For Banks, this marks his second big role this year on television, as he recently became a regular character on NBC’s ‘Community,’ seeing his biggest role to date in the most recent episode, and surely more to come now that costar Donald Glover has departed.
‘Better Call Saul’ is set to air on AMC in November.