You’s Penn Badgley Reflects On Losing Major Breaking Bad Role

You star Penn Badgley reflects on the harsh reality of losing a major Breaking Bad role, which could have made a serious impact in his career.

You star Penn Badgley was almost cast in a major role in the hit TV series Breaking Bad. At the moment, Badgley plays a serial killer struggling with his obsession, as he faces off against the Eat the Rich Killer. Yet he once had the opportunity to play another criminal as one of the blue meth distributors in the acclaimed show that captured America’s attention.

Badgley sat down with BuzzFeed and some puppies to explain just how close he came to earning a spot on Breaking Bad.


After Walter and Jesse Pinkman recently reunited in a Super Bowl ad, Badgley revealed that he was almost cast as Pinkman himself. In fact, it was a pretty close call between him and Aaron Paul. Check out Badgley’s quote below, via IndieWire:

“One I got so close on was ‘Breaking Bad.’ It was between me and Aaron Paul. We tested. And actually that was the best television script I’d read, at that point. That was the one that got away.”

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Will Breaking Bad Ever Continue?

Walter White and Mike staring off in a field

Breaking Bad and its spin-off series, Better Call Saul, have both come to an end. With no hint of more Breaking Bad content coming down the line, the future of the franchise doesn’t look particularly bright and seems to be growing dimmer by the day. After everything, Better Call Saul is looking more and more likely to be the unfortunate ending of Breaking Bad.

In fact, the show’s creator Vince Gilligan is currently working on other projects. While he hasn’t released too many details about the next show that he plans to develop, he will be teaming up with Apple TV+ on a show that has already been renewed for a second season, and which will be reuniting him with Rhea Seehorn, who played Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul. With Gilligan busy, a Breaking Bad continuation looks unlikely.

Yet with the amount of success that Breaking Bad brought to AMC, it seems unlikely that it would be allowed to come to a conclusion so easily. If Gilligan ever does come back, or if AMC produces more shows, there are many Breaking Bad spin-offs they can develop. Between Chicken Man, Hank Schrader, and Mike Ehrmantraut, there are too many fun characters to ignore, so Breaking Bad could easily find a way to continue someday.

More: Better Call Saul’s Original “Gene” Name Was Pretty AwfulSource: BuzzFeed (via IndieWire)

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