Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould reveal new characters and timeline
Speaking on the AMC press tour Gilligan and Gould spilled the small screen beans on next year’s must watch show.
As we’ve already learned the action will take place before, during and after Breaking Bad though Gilligan revealed the show will initially be set in 2002, six years before Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) meets Walter White. The writer/producer said: “We like jumping around in time. I would definitely point you in the direction of anything that was possible on Breaking Bad, storytelling wise is possible on Better Call Saul. It’s fun for us to be as non-linear as possible.”
Entertainment Weekly reports that when we meet Saul Goodman he’s actually called Jimmy McGill and hustling for ‘legal’ work with fixer Mike Erhmantraut (the returning Jonathan Banks). We’ll also get to know some new characters including Saul’s brother Chuck (played by Michael McKean from Spinal Tap) who will be joined by Kim (Rhea Seehorn from Franklin & Bash), Hamlin (Patrick Fabian from Grey’s Anatomy) and Nacho (Michael Mando from Orphan Black).
Asked whether Walter White will return, Gilligan was coy: “If it makes sense we’ll do it, if it doesn’t make sense we won’t… I’d love to have him [Bryan Cranston] as a director… Character wise, who knows? Maybe there’s a way to do it.”
On whether other familiar faces from Breaking Bad could be weaved into the shifting timeline Gould warned: “These are all characters that we love. There’s so much more to say about Gus (Giancarlo Esposito)… Having said that, we’re trying to make something that stands on its own that has entertainment value, and that’s not just seeing a series of old favourites. It’s not the series equivalent of a clip show.”
Better Call Saul will reach the screen early next year with a first season run of ten episodes. A second season has already been commissioned which will consist of 13 episodes.