“Breaking Bad is one of the great shows of television’s Golden Age. Simply put, there’s no more unpredictable series and its delicate handling of combustible ingredients will be admired and studied by writers for years to come.
It’s a radical type of television and also a very strange kind of must-watch: a show that you dread and crave at the same time.”
“We always felt like the viewers desired Jesse to get away. And it’s up to the individual viewer to decide what happens next for Jesse. Some people might think, ‘Well, he probably got two miles down the road before the cops nailed him.’ But I prefer to believe that he got away, and he’s got a long road to recovery ahead, in a sense of being held prisoner in a dungeon for the last six months and being beaten to within an inch of his life and watching Andrea be shot. All these terrible things he’s witnessed are going to scar him as well, but the romantic in me wants to believe that he gets away with it and moves to Alaska and has a peaceful life communing with nature.” (Vince Gilligan, on the decision to let Jesse escape in Breaking Bad finale, “Felina”)
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare.The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Vince Gilligan, creator of “Breaking Bad” and co-creator “Better Call Saul,” is calling out some mischievous fans. Apparently, there have been a lot of people recreating an iconic scene from Breaking Bad where Walter White throws a pizza on top of his house in frustration. The house, located in northeast Albuquerque, is a popular spot for fans to relive their favorite moments from the show.
But in a recent (Better Call Saul Insider) podcast, Gilligan set the record straight. "They’re throwing pizzas on roofs, and stuff like that. Let me tell you, there is nothing funny, or original, or cool about throwing pizzas on this lady’s roof. It is just not funny. It’s been done before. You’re not the first,“ he said.
"And if I catch you doing it, I will hunt you down,” said Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad.
“You try to write the best scripts you can write, as a group you give your best shot at it. But without these actors… Let’s use Bryan as an example. I can’t picture anyone else playing that role. I make my living off my imagination, and my imagination fails when it comes to picturing the show with anyone else at the head of it.” (Vince Gilligan, on Bryan Cranston)
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.
Premiere: BCS 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 Paul, Bryan 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.
“I pictured Jesse as an average-looking guy, you know, a 25-year-old snot that cooks meth. On the spectrum of life, he’s a loser,” says Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. So when Aaron Paul walked in to audition for the role of Jesse Pinkman in 2007, he had a severe handicap: He was too handsome. That may seem counterintuitive in Hollywood, especially given that the character was part of a new show on the then ratings-starved AMC, but Gilligan was committed to as bleak a vision as you’re likely to find on TV. Still, once Paul started reading his lines, “I knew he was the guy.” It took some persuading—AMC executives were similarly perplexed by his attractiveness—but Gilligan got his way and cast the 30-year-old Idaho native as Jesse, the drug-dealing sidekick to chemistry teacher Walter White. “When folks rise to the occasion and make themselves indispensable,” Gilligan says of Paul, “your perception of your own show changes. Funny how that works”. x