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The world is about to meet Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) all over again.
AMC’s anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, takes fans back to Albuquerque before Saul met Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Odenkirk and co-showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould recently met with The Hollywood Reporter to reveal a few secrets of the drama, which premieres on Sunday at 10 p.m.
Odenkirk wants to explore Saul’s future
The bulk of Better Call Saul takes place in 2002, but there is a glimpse of Saul’s post-Breaking Bad life in the pilot. Odenkirk says he’s asked Gilligan and Gould to show more of that timeline.
“I think it could happen. I’ve told Vince and Peter this,” says Odenkirk. “I don’t know if Peter and Vince have any thought to do that in future seasons, but I’m sure they could and I’d be open to it. I’d love it.”
Episode two features a very specific Easter egg
Look closely during the big montage scene in episode two, which airs on Monday, because it will reveal a clue to an important player coming up later in the season.
“We love rewarding the audience that pays strict, close attention,” says Gilligan. “We love little Easter eggs.”
Jimmy is bordering on failure when viewers meet him
In the pilot, Jimmy (he’s not yet named Saul) is strapped for cash, hounding the local courthouse looking to pick up cases for $700 a pop.
“He’s not in the right place,” Odenkirk says. “He’s not being given the opportunity to be all that he can be. That happens to people. It’s a real thing.”
Gilligan is “nervous as hell” about the premiere
Though Gilligan says Breaking Bad‘s final run in 2013 gave him the most anxiety of his career, he’s definitely more nervous about Saul than when Bad first premiered in 2008.
“I’m nervous as hell, and my anxiety grows day by day,” Gilligan says, adding that the stakes were much lower when Bad premiered.
“For season one, I was just amazed,” Gilligan says. “It’s like the first time you have sex. You’re not worried about doing it right. It’s like, ‘I’m amazed this is even happening.'”
Odenkirk has a ridiculous amount of dialogue
Gould says that having a “character whose secret weapon is his mouth” is both a physical and mental challenge for Odenkirk.
“Bob probably learns more dialogue for a single episode than most actors have in a season,” Gould says. “He is basically working every single day. From call to wrap, he’s there working. And it’s like climbing Mount Everest.”
Better Call Saul premieres on Sunday at 10 p.m., with episode two coming Monday at 10 p.m. on AMC. In subsequent weeks, it will air on Mondays at 10 p.m.
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