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Vince Gilligan spills details on Better Call Saul and hints at possible Breaking Bad cameos

Oct. 16, 2013by: Alex Maidy

With BREAKING BAD closing the door on a series in a way better than the vast majority of television shows, many are skeptical that lightning will strike twice when it comes to the spin-off BETTER CALL SAUL. Fans are excited to see Bob Odenkirk's character live on in the prequel story, but just how is it going to compare to BREAKING BAD?

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, BREAKING BAD creator Vince Gilligan revealed more details about what kind of show BETTER CALL SAUL will be and what else we can expect from the series.

On why the show won't be a traditional thirty minute sitcom: "We're both one-hour drama guys," he says, but more to the point, they realized that so much of what they enjoyed about BREAKING BAD was the show's visual elements. "So we figured, 'Why not shoot Saul in the same way?' Let's shoot it in Albuquerque, let's get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let's do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating."

On the tone of the series: If Bad was 75 percent dramatic and 25 percent comedic, Saul will be the opposite. The challenge has been finding the dramatic tension in their lead character. Unlike Walter White, who was damaged and needy, Saul has been portrayed as happy-go-lucky until now. Says Gilligan, "We've had to find the ongoing itch that Saul needs to scratch, so to speak, or else we wouldn't have much of a show."

On who else we may see appear on screen: Both Cranston and Aaron Paul, in addition to some of Bad's other actors, have expressed interest in making appearances, which Gilligan intends to make happen. "Personally, I'd have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then," he says, smiling at the very thought.

From the sounds of it, BETTER CALL SAUL is going to feel more like an expansion of BREAKING BAD rather than a spin-off, and that is alright by me. How great would it be to see Mike, Gus Fring, Walt, Jesse, and even Hank back, even in passing?

BETTER CALL SAUL will likely be ready for air sometime in 2014.

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12:19AM on 10/18/2013
I had a status update about this a while ago. Definitely Jesse seeing as he was the one who knew of Saul before Walt. But I can't see Walt making a cameo unless it has something to do with Hank and Walt just happens to be there. But definitely Jesse and Mike. And Burr ftw. Either way I fucking adore this! Anything set in the BB universe is fine by me.
I had a status update about this a while ago. Definitely Jesse seeing as he was the one who knew of Saul before Walt. But I can't see Walt making a cameo unless it has something to do with Hank and Walt just happens to be there. But definitely Jesse and Mike. And Burr ftw. Either way I fucking adore this! Anything set in the BB universe is fine by me.
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2:33PM on 10/17/2013
Sounds great to me! I like that he's acknowledging 1) the tone of the show as being more comedic rather than trying to turn Saul into a dramatic character, and also 2) that he needs to develop some kind of dramatic tension for Saul. I good idea might be to explore why he went into the type of law he did, rather than the conventional Law practice everyone glamourizes.

As far as cameos, I think it would be awesome. Definitely need to bring Gus Fring and Mike back. Maybe show how he got in
Sounds great to me! I like that he's acknowledging 1) the tone of the show as being more comedic rather than trying to turn Saul into a dramatic character, and also 2) that he needs to develop some kind of dramatic tension for Saul. I good idea might be to explore why he went into the type of law he did, rather than the conventional Law practice everyone glamourizes.

As far as cameos, I think it would be awesome. Definitely need to bring Gus Fring and Mike back. Maybe show how he got in so deep with those guys. It would also be cool to see a random cameo where Saul happens to pass by Jesse while picking up cooking supplies at a hardware store or something. Or happens to take his car into the car wash and Walt is washing his car.
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2:28PM on 10/17/2013
Jesse for sure!!! He was the one who took Walter to him in the 1st place, he HAS to be in an episode or two!
Jesse for sure!!! He was the one who took Walter to him in the 1st place, he HAS to be in an episode or two!
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12:54PM on 10/17/2013
Wendy should get an episode on this show as well
Wendy should get an episode on this show as well
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10:58AM on 10/17/2013
I doubt it'll be great. I have concerns about it even being "good," but I'm so in for every episode they produce.
I doubt it'll be great. I have concerns about it even being "good," but I'm so in for every episode they produce.
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10:08AM on 10/17/2013

Please bring back

BILL BURR!!
BILL BURR!!
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8:44AM on 10/17/2013
After the butchering job Gilligan permitted amc on the final three episodes of bb I'm not really interested in another series on that channel. The episodes will be lucky to even see a 45 minute running time.
After the butchering job Gilligan permitted amc on the final three episodes of bb I'm not really interested in another series on that channel. The episodes will be lucky to even see a 45 minute running time.
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9:33PM on 10/16/2013
I just want to see him with the two detectives as often as possible.
I just want to see him with the two detectives as often as possible.
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7:50PM on 10/16/2013
Can't wait to see a more comedic version or at least more comedy than drama in a Breaking Bad series.
Can't wait to see a more comedic version or at least more comedy than drama in a Breaking Bad series.
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7:31PM on 10/16/2013
That would be so awesome him dealing with Hank in some random case even in just as casual screw you as how they usually did.
That would be so awesome him dealing with Hank in some random case even in just as casual screw you as how they usually did.
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6:52PM on 10/16/2013
Badger!
Badger!
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