Over the weekend, the people behind Breaking Bad sequel Better Call Saul released a tasty amount of information regarding plot and cast, along with first stills from the show.
So while we’re at some sort of checkpoint for this new, much anticipated Vince Gilligan masterpiece, here’s everything we know so far..
When is Better Call Saul set?
In 2002, six years before the events of Breaking Bad (“I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece,” said creator Vince Gilligan), though co-creator Peter Gould has indicated that the show might take place before during and after BB using flash backs and flash forwards.
What do we know about the plot?
“When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut (Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.”
Who’s in the cast?
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill (later Saul Goodman)
Rhea Seehorn as Kim
Michaek McKean as Chuck (Saul’s brother)
Patrick Fabian as Hamlin
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
Michael Mando as Nacho
Where is it set and where is it being shot?
Albuquerque, in the same studios that Breaking Bad was filmed in.
The show has also been spotted filming at this skate park in ABQ:
Will we see any other old Breaking Bad faces?
There’s definitely the possibility of nods to old ones further down the line, but you never know! (Season 2 has already been commissioned).
Gustavo Fring – Gould says: “With Gus there is so much more to say about that character, and we certainly love Giancarlo. Although in the series it always seemed to me that Saul didn’t know Gus directly. He knew a guy who knew a guy.”
Walter White – Bryan Cranston teased “never say never”. Gilligan said “If it makes sense we’ll do it, if it doesn’t make sense we won’t”. So if we do see Walt it will probably only be a brief glimpse of him through flash forward.
Jesse Pinkman – Aaron Paul misses the ol’ gang and is desperate to reprise his role, but a return for Jesse looks to be off the cards even though it was he who introduced Walt to Saul.
When will it air?
Better Call Saul was originally set for late 2014 but is now expected in the first quarter of 2015 on AMC and Netflix, pushed back because, as he admits, Gilligan is “slow as mud as a TV writer”.
What else do I need to know?
– Saul probably doesn’t have that office from Breaking Bad yet, as the location used for its façade has been turned into a nightclub.
– Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes, season 2 will get 13.
– It will have a different look to Breaking Bad – “We’re doing our damnedest to make it as different as possible,” Gilligan said. “It’s important that this not look like a carbon copy of Breaking Bad.” That said, several BB alums will be back behind the camera, so there will surely be some similarities in terms of cinematography.
We can’t wait! And we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.