Q: There’s a card in the room that caught my eye. It says, “Saul’s story is an addiction story.”
A - Vince Gilligan: “That was a bit of an epiphany. It’s not an addiction story in the sense of he’s addicted to drugs or alcohol or gambling or sex. It occurred to us that Saul’s addiction is to the world of outlaws. The biggest concern for me going forward with this show was that Saul Goodman, as a character on Breaking Bad, is very happy-go-lucky. He’s comfortable in his own skin. That is what we all, in a sense, strive to be. And that’s great for self-actualization, and it’s great for real life. But that’s terrible for drama. After a lot of fits and starts, we came to this idea that for Saul’s whole life, he’s struggled with the question of who he is. He has an innate understanding of life’s less fortunate people—because he’s been unfortunate himself, we’re going to learn. And he wants to do right, but he does not want to be a chump, or a victim. And partly because of that, he’s drawn toward the outlaws of the world. Not the petty crooks, but the big thinkers, the guys who dream.” (x)

You want to give the audience a reason to stay tuned in. It’s hard keeping folks’ attention. In other words, sometimes the faster you tell the story, it becomes problematic in and of itself and you risk losing viewers by the very fact that you are working too hard and the sweat is showing. The best philosophy I have on that subject, and one that, admittedly, I have at times not heeded myself is to give the audience the bare minimum. Give them just enough that the show is interesting. Don’t give them any more than they need to keep watching. Try to keep the show moving as slowly as possible, so that it is still interesting and moving in a forward direction. This is a terrible phrase, but it fits. You’ve got to be careful not to shoot your wad.
—  Vince Gilligan


"At the beginning of every series we would have a meeting in which I would discuss with the production designer and the costume designer about the specific palettes we would use for any given character throughout the course of the year"…Gilligan is so obsessed with the colors of the show’s characters, that he apparently tracks their progress by what colors they’re wearing. “For instance in the pilot, it was intentional that Walt start off very beige and khaki-ish, very milquetoast, and he would progress through that one hour of television to green and thus show his process of evolution as a character." (x)


"I wish Jesse’s teeth had been a little more realistic, a little more messed up. Aaron Paul has perfect teeth, and Jesse Pinkman, on the other hand smoked a lot of meth, and that smoke eats the enamel right off the teeth. Furthermore, this poor kid got beat up two or three times a season, and his teeth were still absolutely perfect .So if we could’ve done a little something to them… but on the other hand, Aaron is such a good-looking guy that maybe that counts as poetic license that we kept his teeth looking nice."  (Vince Gilligan)


Better Call Saul: The Definitive Guide (so far)
Dying to know more about AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul? Here’s what we know so far about the show (updated on May 15, 2014).

  • Creators: The show was conceived by Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould (who wrote BrBa 2x08, the first episode to feature everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer). Gould will serve as the showrunner.
  • Writer’s RoomBreaking Bad writers Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, and Gordon Smith (former BrBa writer’s assistant) are working on the show right now in their Los Angeles writer’s room and are tweeting about it occasionally.
  • PremiereBCS will debut on AMC in November, 2014. Vince is slated to direct the pilot.
  • Format: The show will be a one-hour drama, rather than a 30-minute sitcom format as originally planned. The comedy/drama split will be 75/25, the reverse of Breaking Bad.
  • Details: The show is “by and large” a prequel, so it would explore Saul’s days before he became Walter White’s lawyer. But, says Vince, “… the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time. So it’s possible that we may indeed do that, and we’ll see the past and perhaps the future.” He’s even said there could be episodes that take place during the BrBa timeline. But what will the show be about? Says Vince, “We’ve only seen Saul in his professional habitat. It will be interesting to see a more personal, intimate side of Saul Goodman.” Hmmm…
  • Location: Like Breaking Bad, it will be set in and filmed in Albuquerque, NM. Production is currently underway. Filming will begin June 2 and continue through early July.
  • Starring: Of course, Bob Odenkirk will return as Saul Goodman. Jonathan Banks will co-star, reprising his role as Mike Ehrmantraut. This is Spinal Tap vet Michael McKean will also co-star as a gifted lawyer named Dr. Thurber who is hampered by a strange affliction.
  • Cast: Three other actors have signed on: Michael Mando (Orphan Black) will play “smart, calculating Spanish-speaking career criminal Eddie.” Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) will play “a prestigious attorney named Beth who’s hard life is complicated by her romantic entanglements with somebody else at the firm.” Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcism) will play Burt, a “Kennedy-esque lawyer who’s winning at life and is a name partner at a firm.”
  • Casting rumors: Aaron PaulBryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito and Anna Gunn have all said they like to have some role on the show. Cranston has said that he’d like to direct as well. With any luck, we’ll see Huell, Wendy, Badger, Skinny Pete, Carol and others return. Says Vince, “Better Call Saul could be The Love Boat of its generation, where instead of Milton Berle showing up in a sailor’s cap, hopefully it could be Aaron Paul, also in a sailor’s cap.
  • Crew: The remainder of the team – directors, editors, etc. – are currently being decided, but both Peter and Vince have said they intend to hire as much of the BrBa crew as possible.
  • Distribution: In the U.S. & Canada, the show will be available for streaming on Netflix the day after the last episode of Season 1 airs on AMC. In Europe & Latin America, Netflix will stream episodes  to a day or two after they air on AMC.
  • Get BCS updates from AMC and Deadline.com

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Promo artwork by Shayne at Heisenberg Chronicles, inspired by Corey Woodward’s piece.