Raise a Schraderbräu — Hank is back!
Today at the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour, Better Call Saul executive producer Peter Gould announced that the show’s highly anticipated fifth season will welcome back Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris as a special guest star, reprising his role as Hank Schrader in a two-episode appearance. (Perhaps that might take the sting off the fact that it was also announced that Better Call Saul will be ending after a 13-episode sixth and final season, set to air next year.) Norris’s fan-favorite character will return alongside his partner in crime-stopping Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) as the world of Better Call Saul inches ever closer to that of its predecessor Breaking Bad.
“To be called by the genius Vince Gilligan to play a character that changed my life, and to get to work with the great Bob Odenkirk on a show I adore, what more could I ask?” Norris said in a statement. “I was absolutely thrilled to revisit my old friend Hank Schrader. It was particularly fun to play the early Hank with swagger. Getting time on set again with my Breaking Bad family was a cherry on top. I hope the fans enjoy it as much as I did.”
Breaking Bad fans will recall that Hank was a DEA agent who spent most of the series chasing the elusive new meth manufacturer known as “Heisenberg,” only to eventually learn that the drug kingpin he’d been chasing was his very own brother-in-law, Walter White. While Hank might have been in the dark about Walt’s extra-curricular activities, he was all too familiar with Saul Goodman, who often found his way into Hank’s interrogation room while defending Jesse Pinkman and others who’d crossed paths with the DEA.
And even though it’s been several years since he played Hank, Norris says it’s like he never left. “It’s like riding a bike,” he says. I didn’t have to do anything special to get back into this character. It was just putting the orange shirt on, and I’m there.”
Better Call Saul‘s fifth season premieres with a two-night event beginning Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c, with the second episode airing in the show’s regular timeslot on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9/8c.
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