– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re a fan of Better Call Saul, go ahead and pat yourselves on the back. That’s right, you’re a fan of wonderful character development, topnotch filmmaking, and the epitome of serialized storytelling in modern television. That’s right. YOU are an arbiter of good taste, the reason television can be considered an art form in the first place, and solely responsible for amazing content.

All jokes aside, I’ve always felt impressed by Better Call Saul and its willingness to take things slow. It didn’t feel pressure to ape its more thriller-esque predecessor or rush to get its lead character to where we last saw him in Breaking Bad. It’s taken its time, and in allowing it to do so, star Bob Odenkirk has been incredibly impressed. 

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“I was worried about the audiences staying with us. We asked people to watch closely and to understand on a deeper level the characters and the plot, and you know what? They did,” he explained to THR. “The audience really impressed the hell out of me. But I do think that it was all because of Breaking Bad and not just because of the success of Breaking Bad, but because people who watched Breaking Bad knew that every detail matters, the eye floating in the water, it means something. And so by getting a large audience to watch on that level, then when Better Call Saul started, they immediately were hooked into watching closely and not worrying about it getting somewhere but trusting that it would.”

So, in addition to being impressed with audiences staying with the story in spite of its story pacing, Odenkirk thinks Breaking Bad prepared us to know that every moment — no matter how small — isn’t wasted. Each frame is packed to the brim with hints and subtext that can’t be overlooked.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.