As well as Better Call Saul stands on its own from Breaking Bad, the fan in all of us can’t help picturing Bryan Cranston popping up as a pre-lung cancer Walter White. Cranston himself is no stranger to the possibility, but might instead return behind the camera, if not for one very specific hangup about the series.

Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, Cranston addressed the requisite questions of returning as Walter White, noting that his debt to creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould would bring him to set at a moment’s notice, if ever the duo felt Walter had a worthwhile role on the prequel. That said, Cranston has also been asked to direct an episode, though he hasn’t quite made up his mind, for very good reasons:

I love ‘Better Call Saul,’ and I don’t want to get into the background of it. I don’t even want to talk about the producing entity of it. I have an opportunity to direct an episode of ‘Saul,’ and I’m debating whether I want to or not, because I’m a fan of the show. In order to direct, I need to know what no fan knows, I need to go back, and they’ll tell me ‘here’s what’s going to happen and leading up to the episode.’

And there’s a part of me that says, ‘oh, that would kind of kill it for me as a fan, to peek behind the curtain,’ so I don’t know if I am going to.

Certainly if Cranston took up the gig, potential for a cameo would seem almost a given, but is Walter White’s Better Call Saul appearance best left behind the camera? What should we expect from Season 3 next year?

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