‘Better Call Saul’ Takes Place Before, During & After ‘Breaking Bad’

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Better Call Saul Prequel and Sequel to Breaking Bad Better Call Saul Takes Place Before, During & After Breaking Bad

Every fan of Breaking Bad probably has a pretty good understanding of withdrawal, having watched a show that dealt with it to some degree (particularly when Jesse (Aaron Paul) was trying to go cold turkey off meth) before experiencing it themselves when the series ended. Fortunately, the beloved final episode won’t be the last we see of the world of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) – a spinoff is in the works, and it will revolve around fan-favorite character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

While there has been some talk of Better Call Saul featuring Breaking Bad characters – indeed, Mike (Jonathon Banks) has already been confirmed as a series regular – it’s so far been unclear who exactly we’ll see, when the show will take place, and what we can expect from the plot. Fortunately, executive producer Peter Gould revealed a few of those details in a recent inerview – including the fact that the spinoff will take place before, during, and after Breaking Bad.

Talking with NY Daily News, Gould said Saul will “move back and forth over several decades,” which could allow for characters like Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to make an appearance.

Said Gould:

“One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before ‘Breaking Bad,’ during ‘Breaking Bad,’ and after ‘Breaking Bad.’ That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on ‘Breaking Bad.’ “

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At the same time, the show will not be using those characters as a crutch. According to Gould:

 “We want to make a show that stands on it own, is its own story and is a brand extension. We think we have a story that is worth making. … We could never dream of the kind of success that ‘Breaking Bad’ had and the love we got from the fans. But [with ‘Saul’], at a certain point you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it.”

One way in which Saul will differentiate itself from Bad is its tone. It’s been said that, while Bad was probably 75% drama and 25% comedy, Saul will be the reverse – 75% comedy, 25% drama. This makes sense, considering Odenkirk was responsible for like 80% of that 25% Breaking Bad comedy. A show focused entirely on his character would likely be more humorous by default.

Finally, Peter Gould talked about the recent news that Better Call Saul has already been renewed for a season 2, despite the fact that the series won’t debut until 2015. Said Gould:

“It’s tremendous for us because we get to plot out two seasons. And the way we work is similar to ‘Breaking Bad’ as it is very serialized and each episode builds on the last. And that gives us a much bigger canvas to play with.”

The point being, the producers might have needed to create contingency plans for wrapping up the plot on the off-chance that Saul would’ve canceled in its first season. Now that a second season has been assured by AMC, the first can be written with a larger storyline in mind.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to Better Call Saul? Are you happy to hear that the show is going to be both a prequel and a sequel? Drop us a line in the comments.


Better Call Saul will premiere on AMC in the first quarter of 2015.

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Source: NY Daily News

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  1. Could be a bit like the young indiana jones cronicles with him in prison writing a book to make money and has chapters of his live,and then ep starts !

    • It would be way better if it was Saul living in Nebraska as a Kinko’s manager writing his story fighting depression of living his new life. It would be raw of it ends with him killing himself after his book was finished

      • We all know Saul is managing a Cinnabon in Omaha

      • I can latch onto the idea of him managing a fluorescent-lit humdrum of an offine-type job while scribbling away at his secret diary. Especially if Robert Forester is one of the customers getting freebies. :)

        Plus I can picture a daydream sequence when Saul imagines his more-awesome self to the Rockford Files theme. 😉

  2. This is incredible!
    Will jump back and forth through several decades? Sounds exciting.
    Though there’s not much story to be told of the period during Walt’s era (Saul was involved with Walt and we saw the most relevant things happening), and I doubt they’ll set a majority of the show in the post-Walt era, I think most of the show will be a prequel.

    Because we were already told that it would be a prequel. This news refers to the fact that some scenes will take place during and after BB, serving as flashforwards.

    Can’t wait!

    • There was a lot of time skipped over in breaking bad between seasons and even episodes . Look at the last season. Walt went from cooking inside of bug bombed homes to being a mulitmillionare drug kingpin in one episode. There was at least a half of a years time span In that episode alone. Walter white could of popped up in Nebraska on his way to Arizona for his grand finale . Ww more then likely survived . It would be great if the first 3-4 season s of bcs are Saul weighting a book . Then season 4 ends with ww breaking out of jail and coming to get Saul to help him carry out his plans. Like Jesse could get snatched up by the columbians the Mexican cartel was scared of when they didn’t kill gus. Awe snap the return of Gus. I hope they get into gus’ rise to drug lord power too

      • That one episode you’re talking about, the time skip is about 3 months, not half a year.

        And Walt’s and Jesse’s story is over. I doubt we’ll be seeing them in BCS outside cameos.

        But I do hope they bring back Gus and tell his entire tale and his rise to power, that would be so awesome. Like Saul’s and Mike’s first encounter with him.
        Seeing as how Mike is in the show and he was a fundamental part of Gus’ operation, I’m pretty sure he’ll show up.
        Not to mention Revolution has ended, so Giancarlo Esposito will be having an open schedule.

        • I think I just had an orgasm over your suggestion of having the back story of Gus’ rise to power shown!!!! The more Gus and the more Mike the better!

          What would also be cool would be a reboot where Walter White’s wife and son die in a terrible accident? (hee hee hee)

  3. I’d love to see more of Mike and his backstory, but they should leave Walt & Jesse out of this show. I think it would cheapen Breaking Bad if they did cameos.

    • Now that Giancarlo Esposito is not on Revolution anymore …you get the idea.

  4. Could we see what happens to Jesse and the whites after? I mean Saul couldn’t represent them obviously but there’s still a lot that can be told about the aftermath

  5. MORE GUS!!!!

  6. Remember guys this show is about saul not jesse and not walt. breaking bad was amazing but it is over. So lets quit trying to make this breaking bad part 2. This should be a show unto its own in the world that we all have grown to love. I hope that they don’t use breaking bad in the story except for minor details. I would love to see jesse and walt back at it again, but Saul is going to be the real star here and lets not cheapen it by hoping it lives on the coattail of Breaking Bad.

  7. love the idea of gus’s rise to power and how saul got linked up with mike. One of the big questions I had after BB ended was what the heck actually happened to Saul. Nebraska? I can’t remember. I want to see what he’s up to there. I would also like to see how Jesse is doing post driving away from the white supremacists. Hopefully he is making alot of wooden boxes….

    But maybe there will be an opportunity for Jesse to enlist the help of saul once more. I dont think this should be a crutch. but it could be a neat way of just playing a bit on the nostalgia.

  8. I’ll be watching, the after BB stuff is interesting. Maybe we can find out what happened to Jesse.

    And i like AMC gave it a second season so a larger story can be made and we wont have to worry about it being cancelled after its first season.

    AMC also needs more shows, they lost BB and Mad Men is gonna be done, they have WD but after that they need more big shows and having this show in the Breaking Bad world with the same people doing it its no surprised they gave them a second season already.

    • Exactly. AMC is getting a little desperate. It was no surprise they renewed this before it even premiered. They only care about the $ at this point. Makes me a little nervous about its quality. Only slightly.

  9. I hope in the epilogue of this show we get a glimpse of what Jesse is up to.
    Maybe Saul and Jesse cross paths post the Breaking Bad timeline.

  10. Glad to hear it will have a serialized structure i assumed it would be a case of the week type thing

  11. What about Huell? I wanna see me some Huell!

  12. Ok a little off topic but anyone who says Walt is still alive is completly wrong. He died, that was 100% clear. That’s the only way the story could end. I don’t understand why some people think he is still alive cuz he’s not.

  13. More Bill Burr is all I need.

  14. Saul Goodman’s character is an interesting fellow. I can’t imagine him doing anything else but law in the criminal nature….I understand Goodman is a white-collar criminal that practices law. Or is he a blue-collared criminal with an impeccable understanding of how to twist the law and force it to serve his enterprising clients who are at odds with the laws?
    He’s a genius is what he is! I can’t wait to watch the new series!!! It’s bound to air for seasons to come!!!
    We all miss Breaking Bad so much!!! What I loved the MOST was Walter White’s ability to PROBLEM SOLVE the most perplexing problems!!! Walter White was bad ass, and so is Saul Goodman. IN nature, they are meant to portray quiet men, but if you should be as so stupid as to cross them, you’d better go pick out your casket!!!

  15. Whatever happens…H LL YEAH I’ll watch it!

  16. The “after” of better call Saul is the resurrection of breaking bad’s Walter White, he lives.
    Saul is where the $$$ is…

  17. Looking forward to the new series, but BB will be a tough act to follow. I hope the 75% comedy doesn’t make the series too “cheesy”.

  18. Can’t wait. Been looking forward to this since the first rumors.

    The past, present and future idea sounds like a great way to go in tons of different story directions.

    Hope they bring Walt and Jesse in for cameo appearances.

  19. awesome…great idea, the characters of breaking bad are so alive, so it’s marvelous to see them in this new saga…