Spoiler alert: if you've spent the last three weeks mourning the loss of "Breaking Bad's" Mike Ehrmantraut, dry your eyes and take solace in knowing that actor Jonathan Banks is heading to Pawnee, Indiana -- or more accurately, to the set of NBC's "Parks and Recreation."
While his character has yet to be given an official name, Banks's role is that of Ben Wyatt's (Adam Scott) dad, and will reportedly maintain the same silent, surly demeanor that defined his "Breaking Bad" role. Scheduled to appear season five's sixth episode, show creators said that enlisting Banks was a natural progression -- mostly because they envisioned Mr. Wyatt (Senior) as Mike Ehrmantraut himself.
"We were working [on] the character description of Ben's dad," co-creator Mike Schur told Hitflix. "And I said aloud, 'He should act like Mike Ehrmantraut. So somebody said, 'Well why can't we just get Jonathan Banks?'"
And then it was written. Whether he'll appear in more than one episode, or serve simply to contrast Leslie Knope's (Amy Poehler) sunny personality for 21 glorious minutes has yet to be revealed, but regardless, the juxtaposition of these two characters -- with always-anxious Ben Wyatt thrown into the mix -- will be the stuff of comedic history. The real question, however: how will Ben's dad fare against Ron Swanson, and will this mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship? (We hope so!)
Meanwhile, in continued resurrected "Breaking Bad" character news, lest anyone forget Gus Fring (a.k.a. Giancarlo Esposito), who still may make an appearance within the eight episodes the series has left.
The actor recently told E! that "there has been talk" and "there has been certainly ideas floating around" about a Gus Fring appearance, and according to Esposito himself, he'd like "to come back in Walt's (Bryan Cranston) dream and haunt him." It's safe to assume that most viewers would like that too, especially since the season's last episode saw the hint of an enormous shift in Walter White's life (read: Hank's revelation that Heisenberg has been under his nose the whole time).
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Haunted dreams could be the perfect end for a series growing increasingly darker -- but would it be too much to ask for Walt to dream about the cast of "Parks and Recreation" as well?