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Warning this article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Better Call Saul, so proceed with caution.
Pictures showing side-by-side comparisons of Jessie and Walt in Better Call Saul, years after Breaking Bad, show how the iconic duo have changed – or not – in the years since we last saw them in the roles.
The moment we've waited years for has finally arrived and, honestly, it was everything we'd hoped it would be.
This past Monday, 1 August, Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reprised their legendary roles as Walt and Jessie in episode 11 of Better Call Saul, titled 'Breaking Bad' – perhaps not the most creative of names but fitting all the same.
So, the new episode fits into the timeline of Breaking Bad around season 2 episode 8, a time filled with confusion, kidnapping, and the pair's Jimmy In-‘N-Out scheme.
However, as the side-by-side pictures show, they did a pretty incredible job, and they only used a few de-aging techniques, as Thomas Schnauz, writer and director of the new episode told Variety.
"There’s only so much you can do before it starts looking ridiculous. We don’t do a ton of de-aging on the show. There’s a little bit of stuff on the guys’ faces to take a few lines out here and there, but other than that, Aaron is not going to look like an 18-year-old kid or however old Jesse was during this time period."
To be fair, we'd argue that even with the side-by-side comparisons, the actors look amazing.
And, while we loved having Jessie and Walt back on our screens, their return was up in the air for a while, with Schnauz going on to say: "We didn’t really have a plan. We didn’t know for sure if we were going to bring back Walt and Jesse. Part of the way of making ourselves feel better if we hadn’t done it was telling ourselves, 'Walt came back in ‘El Camino’ with Jesse. That exists, so if we don’t get to it in ‘Better Call Saul,’ that’s OK.' But I think we all desperately wanted them to come back at some point for some reason.
"We didn’t know how or why, but finally when we got talking about these later episodes, we thought we should."
And, I think we can all agree that we're glad they came back, and even gladder that the de-aging tech didn't make Jesse and Walt look like Benjamin Button.
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