Bryan Cranston Speaks Out on ‘Breaking Bad’ Co-Star Bob Odenkirk Emergency Hospitalization: ‘Send Prayers His Way’

by Samantha Whidden
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Following news broke about his former Breaking Bad co-star Bob Odenkirk being taken to the hospital after collapsing on the set of Better Call Saul, Bryan Cranston took to his Instagram to show his support. 

“Today, I woke up to news that has made me anxious all morning,” Bryan Cranston begins the post, which features a snapshot of him and Bob Odenkirk. “My friend, Bob Odenkirk, collapsed lat night on the set of Better Call Saul. 

Bryan Cranston then explains that Bob Odenkirk is currently at the hospital in Albuquerque. He is currently receiving the medical attention he needs but his condition has yet to be known to the public. “Please take a moment in your day today to think about him and send positive thoughts and prayers his way, thank you.”

Bryan and Bob co-starred on Breaking Bad from January 2008 until September 2013. Bryan played the role of Walter White (aka Walt), a high school chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer. He turns to making meth in order to secure his family’s finances. Bob portrayed the infamous Saul Goodman, a crooked strip mall lawyer who represents Walt and Walt’s meth-making partner Jesse. 

After the series ended, the spin-off Better Call Saul premiered in February 2015. Bob reprised his role as Saul. So far, the series has five seasons.

Bryan Cranston Talks ‘Breaking Bad’ & Wanting to Join ‘Better Call Saul’ Cast 

In an August 2020 interview with Collider, Bryan Cranston states that he would reprise his role as Walter White in a second. “I have been asked to direct an episode every single season and it just didn’t work out,” Bryan states. He further explains that due to prior commitments he has been unable to find time available to direct. 

Bryan Cranston also says that if the co-executive producers of Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, wanted him to be in it, he would do it in a second. “But it hasn’t happened yet. I can tell you, and we’ll see. I don’t know. There’s one more season to go and we’ll see what happens!”

Gilligan previously explained that he’d love to have Bryan Cranston director an episode. “I got to write an episode [of Breaking Bad] that Bryan directed and I was on set with him every day. It was a wonderful experience,” he explains. Vince also says that Bryan is a magnificent director. He is also one of the few directors that has a facility for the lightest comedy and the darkest drama. “He’s remarkable.”

The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul is expected to premiere in early 2022 and will consist of 13 episodes.