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New Better Call Saul Details and Timeline Revealed

We all know by now that the prequel to Breaking Bad will, of course, follow the “criminal” lawyer, Saul Goodman, as he tries to make it as a relatively unknown lawyer in a tough world of hard-mouthed court room officials who will shape him into the confident and slick lawyer we knew him as in Breaking Bad. The show’s creators – Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould – both sat down to talk to an audience at the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour last week; they both seemed pretty happy to speak openly about Better Call Saul’s plot where in the past, they’ve kept all cards close to their chests. Here’s what they had to say on the challenge of making Saul Goodman the lead character:

“I thought it was going to be easy,” Gilligan said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Oh, we know who this guy is.’ But we didn’t know this guy at all. He was a supporting player. It’s an interesting process.”

They were also quizzed about any returning characters that might come back from the Breaking Bad universe: “We’re trying to make something that stands on its own, that has entertainment value not just as seeing a series of old favourites or ‘remember when’ – not the series equivalent of a clip show.”

They went on to say that they were currently working on the eighth episode of the show so if there is any chance of an appearance from an old character, then maybe they will pop up in the finale of the first season’s 10 episode run. We do know though, that one big character is not going to appear and that is none other than Walter White himself. Bryan Cranston said recently that he would not be returning as our favourite Blue Meth cook, but he might direct an episode of the new show.

At least for now we can see Mike Ehrmantraut return as the grandpa hitman who worked for Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad. He is set to appear at some point in the first season, as we see how he and Saul first joined forces.

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Now for new characters – and one of the most exciting is Michael McKean’s role in the series, which had not really been defined until now “McKean plays Bob’s brother,” Gould said,  according to Variety. “We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”

Great news for the comedy side of the show, but what about the actual timeline of the series?  Well, Vince Gilligan has kindly explained what kind of plotline to expect “You saw from ‘Breaking Bad’ that we like nonlinear storytelling,” he said. “We like jumping around in time. I would definitely point you in the direction of ‘anything that was possible storytelling-wise on Breaking Bad is possible on ‘Better Call Saul.”

2002 is also the year the show is set in, with Gilligan commenting. “I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece,” he said. “I can’t believe it myself – it’s like it was yesterday, but it was 12 years ago.”

Gilligan signed off by saying that the premiere’s delay till early 2015 was entirely his fault, as he said he works very slowly in constructing a series. That’s ok though, as we would rather have something that has had plenty of care taken over it, than a rushed piece of television.

Anyway, if you want a taste of Saul Goodman, before he was Saul Goodman, give him a call on (505) 842–5662. It’s a number that was spotted on a billboard, featuring a younger looking Saul in his early days of going by the name James M. McGill. The billboard can be spotted up high in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Let me know how excited you are for Better Call Saul which airs early in 2015 on AMC and Netflix for both UK and US customers.