Sometimes major characters on shows begin as guest stars or as minor, inconsequential cast members. In some instances, the actors and actresses who play these roles end up wowing the audience, which turns them into series regulars. Other times, writers decide that the character they had in mind might not be good as a supporting character and end up fleshing out a leading role. It’s strange to think what some of our favorite shows may have been like if these characters had been killed off during the first episode or the first season. We’d be looking at very different (probably less successful) shows. Here are seven characters who weren’t supposed to be series regulars!
7. Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) – Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul’s character, Jesse Pinkman, on Breaking Bad was supposed to be killed off at the end of season one in a botched drug deal. But series creator Vince Gilligan was so impressed with Paul’s portrayal of Pinkman by the end of the second episode that he decided it would be a mistake to kill him off. We’re really glad that Gilligan made that decision – can you imagine what the series would have been like without Jesse Pinkman?