AMC Adds Jonathan Banks to 'Breaking Bad' Prequel
AMC Adds Jonathan Banks to 'Breaking Bad' Prequel
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Mike Ehrmantraut isn't dead. The tough enforcer played by Jonathan Banks on AMC's Breaking Bad will return to television as a part of the prequel series Better Call Saul.

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Banks, who received an Emmy nomination for his role, is the second official cast member for the prequel, joining Bob Odenkirk as sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman. Better Call Saul will focus on Saul's life before he became the lawyer for Walter White.

Mike was first introduced in season 2 of Breaking Bad as the head of security for Gus Fring's drug operation, but he also served as a private investigator and fixer for Saul.

The show, which is expected to debut in November 2014, is being created by Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan and fellow Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould.

The character was killed off in the fifth season, but thanks to this new show being a prequel, he will get to live again before Mike's life was destroyed due to his partnership with Walter and Jesse.

Since leaving Breaking Bad, Banks has used his terrifying presence for comedy, appearing as Ben's dad on Parks and Recreation and as criminology professor Buzz Hickey on Community.

Though Odenkirk and Banks are the only two actors so far, this could open the door for other Breaking Bad favorites to appear in the new drama. Mike's connection to Gus Fring could provide an opening for Giancarlo Esposito to reprise his role, and Saul had other associates on Breaking Bad, most notably Lavell Crawford as Huell.

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