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

Better Call Saul Prequel and Sequel to 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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