Better Call Saul: Creators On Why The Show Is ‘Exponentially Harder’ Than Breaking Bad, How The Writers Tackle It | SDCC 2018

Better Call Saul Season 4 is almost upon us and the show creators and talent were out at San Diego Comic-Con this last week, talking about the show in general at a press conference LRM had a chance to attend.

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One of the hot topics was just how this show develops as it moves ever closer to the timeline of its parent show Breaking Bad. Showrunner Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould talked about just how difficult it is to write a prequel show that matches up with Breaking Bad. The creators of AMC’s  Better Call Saul had a lot to say on this subject, so I will get right to it.


“This thing is exponentially harder than Breaking Bad, because when you have to back-film it, you have to get all the details right. And then it dawned on us — duh — that we actually don’t know the end. We know at a certain point it becomes a Breaking Bad story, but what happens after that? Does Saul/Jimmy/Gene of Omaha go on? What of that? What happens then?”


“We started the show with 62 episodes of Breaking Bad history, and many episodes with Saul Goodman, who talks a lot, and he told a lot of little anecdotes about his life. Jesus, if we’d known that every little thing he said was going to come back to us…we’re still chewing on some of those, I’ll be honest with you. It was really tricky. The thing I learned on Breaking Bad…people always ask if you have to plan everything in advance…yes and no. What Vince taught me on Breaking Bad and what we learned from the show is that we look very carefully at what we’ve already done, whether it’s ahead in time or behind in time, and we ask ourselves a lot of questions. “Why did this character do this?” “Why are there two chickens in the Pollos Hermanos logo?” “Who’s the other Chicken Brother?” “His name is McGill. Why’d he change it to Saul Goodman?” “Is that explanation he gave to Walter White the whole story? Why would anyone design an office like that?” They may sound unanswerable, but this season, you learn more about some of the answers to these questions.”

It does sound tricky, but as a fan of both shows, I appreciate the time and effort that goes into crafting this in a way that feels like one continuous story.

What do you think of the comments by Gilligan and Gould? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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