We live in a fantastic age. Yes, we have technology, and that’s all well and good, but the TV we get these days is second to virtually no other era. But what is it about this era of TV that’s so great? Well, in my opinion, it’s the willingness to actually let their characters change and grow throughout.
Back when I went to film school, the rule was that Episode 3 should feel a hell of a lot like Episode 100, and for a long time, that’s how the TV shows I watched growing up were made. Not so much these days with many shows, and that includes the likes of Better Call Saul, as creator Peter Gould told Variety in a recent interview.
“It’s the wonderful thing about serialized storytelling that we can do now: that the characters change, and as the characters change, the show changes — hopefully. For our show, we never felt there was a format where, “We do this in every episode,” or “We do this every season.””
Of course, that kind of storytelling comes with its challenges, one of which terrified Gould.
“I think the scariest thing about Season 4 for me was that the first three seasons — and this was not our plan initially — centered on Jimmy McGill’s relationship with his brother Chuck, played by Michael McKean. And we made this really difficult choice that Chuck would die at the end of Season 3, which left us, first of all, with how do you do the show without someone who is so important to Jimmy? And Jimmy really only has two people who are important to him: Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn, and Chuck McGill. And one of them is gone. What’s going to happen? How is Jimmy going to deal with this? The first several episodes back, Jimmy is in a very internal state, he is a very confusing character, he has had his mooring cut off and he’s withdrawn. And Bob plays Jimmy with a spring in his step — with this indomitable energy — and to take that energy away and have it manifest differently was scary for me personally. I wrote the first episode back, and we watched it in a theater at San Diego Comic-Con, and our show is usually pretty funny, so I was used to being in a theater and people would laugh, but this time people were silent until the end where he really sticks it to Howard, who’s played by Patrick Fabian. Suddenly the audience erupted. It’s a weird moment, and my heart rate started sinking back because I was scared people wouldn’t go along with it. But every time I have that fear, it’s only after, in retrospect.”
Still, here I am wondering how it’ll all come together. How will it ultimately play out, and what kind of a series will Better Call Saul ultimately be?
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