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Better Call Saul fans are rejoicing after yet another Breaking Bad star returned for the show’s last ever episode – saying they ended up being the ‘MVP’ of the finale.
The spin-off show came to an end yesterday (Monday 15 August) after six seasons, having previously welcomed back Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to reprise their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
But it turns out they weren’t the only faces to make a return, as viewers learned when none other than Betsy Brandt popped up again as Marie – nearly a decade after last playing the iconic role.
Many fans were not only delighted to see the character back on screens, but also to see her find ‘closure’ in the franchise.
One person tweeted: “What a treat to see Marie! I started crying as she spoke about Hank and pretty much didn't stop crying after that point. When Rhea was revealed to be his ‘laywer’ I burst into convulsive tears. It was perfect. Thank you @BetterCallSaul @rheaseehorn @TomSchnauz @betsy_brandt.”
Someone else said: “Final episode of #BetterCallSaul was great. Added bonus of @betsy_brandt - Be still my beating heart.”
A third wrote: “Did not foresee Betsy Brandt being the MVP of the Better Call Saul finale.”
A fourth added: “I love that Marie and Ramey got their moment. Betsy Brandt also delivered her finest performance in the 'Breaking Bad' universe.”
Dean Norris, who played DEA agent Hank Schrader, praised his 'TV wife', saying the final episode left him feeling very emotional.
“All the feels with this @BetterCallSaul finale,” he tweeted. “Seeing my awesome tv wife @betsy_brandt @BryanCranston damn just all the feels.”
Fans were equally delighted with Cranston and Paul's appearance, but did feel a little surprised that no effort was made to de-age the two stars.
However, it turns out there's a perfectly reasonable excuse, with director Thomas Schnauz admitting that there's simply only so much you can do before it starts looking silly.
Speaking to Variety, he said: "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."
He added: "I do sort of dread people cutting this scene into the world of Breaking Bad and trying to match the way they look then and now, but it’s not something you can worry too much about.
"It is what it is.
"We’re telling a story and you can roll with it or you start picking at: 'He looks much older than he did in the original scene'.
"We decided to go for it, and I’m glad we did."
He said there wasn't even a concrete plan to have Cranston and Paul reprise their iconic characters for the final season of Better Call Saul, even though it would be criminal if they didn't.
Schnauz said the two actors had a small window where they could both be on set and the crew leapt at the opportunity.
Topics: TV and Film