Better Call Saul Creators Reveal Why Dean Norris Was Brought Back
The long-awaited time is here and we finally get to see Hank Schrader come on the Breaking Bad spin-off show. Better Call Saul finally brings on Dean Norris in a younger version of Hank. The show is set before the time of Breaking Bad so it makes sense that he is seen in a bit younger version. Also, partner Steve Gomez (Steven Quezada) joins alongside him.
Dean Norris Joins Cast of Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul’s episode airing on March 2 is the one where Dean Norris or Hank returns. DEA agents Steve and Hank are called to view Krazy-8 in prison after he is busted. This is when Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill or Saul Goodman arrives. After discussion, the two parties finally agree on a deal to let Krazy-8 become an informant upon release.
According to the co-creator Peter Gould, here is why Dean Norris and his partner were called back:
“Look, we love Dean. We love Steve. But those characters had a perfect, devastating end on Breaking Bad. So when we were talking about this season, we didn’t say, ‘Oh, let’s bring this character and that character back.’ But once we started thinking about episode 3, it seemed obvious that Jimmy would be facing off against two DEA agents. And as soon as you say the letters D-E-A in our world, that means Hank Schrader.”
Gould also added that the thought of bringing back Hank and his partner excited everyone, especially Better Call Saul writer Ann Cherkis. The writer-producer started to write tour de force, which is a very long scene in the interrogation room. As for Dean Norris, he “loved” the idea of coming back in for Better Call Saul.
“Frankly, Dean could have easily said, ‘You know, guys, I’ve got lots of other things going on. I think we did that character and I don’t want to open that up again.’ But he didn’t. He pretty much interrupted us as we were pitching and said, ‘Guys, I love it!’ It was wonderful to have him back, and he and Steve Quezada both really just brought it.”