‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Offers ‘Better Call Saul’ Details; Walt & Jesse Could Cameo

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breaking bad season 5 saul bob odenkirk Breaking Bad Creator Offers Better Call Saul Details; Walt & Jesse Could Cameo

For most fans of AMC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Breaking Bad, the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, pulled off the near improbable feat of satisfying audiences’ lofty expectations by masterfully tying up the drama’s loose ends in a fitting and appropriate conclusion. While the highly-praised finale seemed to answer all of fans’ burning questions, there was still one that remained: What would Gilligan do next?

Laying Breaking Bad and the world he created to rest couldn’t have been easy for Gilligan, but fortunately, he found a way to at least keep his twisted vision of the American Southwest alive with the spin-off prequel series centered around fan-favorite character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkrik), titled Better Call Saul. Now that AMC has announced it is officially moving forward with the project, Gilligan was able to shed more light on the new show this week.

In talking with THR, Gilligan reiterated that the spin-off will be a much more comedic effort when compared to his last series with the network, but added that he is planning to use a similar visual style and many of the same collaborators who helped make Breaking Bad one of the best looking shows on television.

When discussing his and Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould’s approach to the show, Gilligan said:

“We’re both one-hour drama guys. So we figured, ‘Why not shoot Saul in the same way?’ Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque, let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.”

Narratively speaking, Gilligan admitted that there is much more work to be done, as the show’s plot hasn’t been outlined yet. While Gilligan said he envisions being in the writer’s room himself for the majority of the show’s first season, he is hoping to convince some of Breaking Bad‘s scribes to return and help create compelling narrative throughlines for the Goodman character, which has been a challenge so far.

Said Gilligan:

“We’ve had to find the ongoing itch that Saul needs to scratch, so to speak, or else we wouldn’t have much of a show.”

Walter White and Saul Goodman Breaking Bad Creator Offers Better Call Saul Details; Walt & Jesse Could Cameo

The sleazy offbeat lawyer character certainly worked well in playing off the intensity of Walter White, but the question many are posing is: Can Goodman carry a series on his own? The character’s skewed moral compass and criminal clientele should generate plenty of interesting conflicts as well as dramatic tension – and if Gilligan is able to round up some of the great minds behind Breaking Bad, there’s little doubt they could develop new characters to complement Goodman’s sly persona.

As for old characters, Gilligan said he expects to include several in the prequel series as well – at least in cameo roles. None of the Breaking Bad cast members are confirmed to be returning (besides Odenkirk), but Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have reportedly expressed interest, which makes the excitable Gilligan giddy at the prospect of seeing their characters before they broke bad.

“Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then.”

The show is expected to assemble its writing staff soon, so many questions and concerns regarding the story, characters and possible cameos could be answered in the coming months.


Check back in for Better Call Saul updates as the project moves along.

Source: THR

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  1. Oh jeebus, you mean it’s not over?? smh

    • It’s over when Vince says it’s over.

      • +1

      • Who?

        • Say my name.

          • Who?

            • MIKE JONES!

          • Heisenburg

  2. I say no Jesse/Walt cameos till the series finale. Have the series finale lead into Breaking Bad. Final scene being when he first encounters the two men.

    • Nailed it! now that you have said that I cant see it being as good any other way.

    • @ Trey
      While I’m hoping to see Mike and Gus and even Skinny Pete, the only time I could see any of the other characters like Walt and Jesse fitting in is during the very end.
      It would make the most sense and would spare us viewers of any one-off cheesy cameos.

  3. Wouldn’t mind seeing the show about how Saul go into law and also how he became the type of lawyer he is with all his sneaky connections

    • got* into law

  4. New Frasier.

  5. I think Jesse has a chance of doing a cameo (as well as Badger, Mike, Gus etc.) that involves the story, but I don’t see how Walt could, unless he’s just appearing somewhere and doesn’t have much to do with the story. Walt wasn’t really in the drug/illicit trades before BB started, but the rest were.

  6. I’m sure every writer that worked on Breaking Bad is probably getting a lot of deals thrown their way after the show ended and I wouldn’t blame them for cashing in because we all have heard the stories of how cheap AMC has been but I hope Gilligan and Gould can keep a few of them for this show.
    Heck even if they could only keep a few writers but a good bunch of the people on the technical side it will be a plus.
    Breaking Bad had a lot of well earned praise for the writing and acting but IMO equal praise should be given for the sound, cinematography and props. Heck, even the greens crew did amazing work.

  7. Remember when Walt and Jesse first met Saul? Skinny P (jesse’s friend) spoke about how Saul was the best lawyer. He said Saul got “all of his friends and family” out of trouble……..

  8. Honestly, they are going to have to put Walt and Jesse in for more than “a couple cameos”. There was so much going on throughout the entire show that they could totally tell a different story from different perspectives.