'Better Call Saul' Flexible Timeline Will Allow the Return of Walter White
"Better Call Saul" has found a way to bring back Bryan Cranston's Walter White. According to executive producer Peter Gould, the new show will feature scenes that move back and forth over several decades, including events that will take place during the time when the former school teacher cooked meth.
"One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before 'Breaking Bad', during 'Breaking Bad', and after 'Breaking Bad'," he told New York Daily News. "That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on 'Breaking Bad'."
While the show's timeline allows the return of the druglord, Gould insisted the spin-off would not be dependent on the return of "Breaking Bad" characters. "We want to make a show that stands on it own, is its own story and is a brand extension," he said.
Still, the team feels "enormous pressure" to make a show as good as the predecessor. He shared, "We think we have a story that is worth making. ... We could never dream of the kind of success that 'Breaking Bad' had and the love we got from the fans. But (with 'Saul') at a certain point you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it."
On what an early season 2 renewal which had been given to the show by AMC meant for them, Gould explained, "It's tremendous for us because we get to plot out two seasons. And the way we work is similar to 'Breaking Bad' as it is very serialized and each episode builds on the last. And that gives us a much bigger canvas to play with."
"Better Call Saul" will focus on "mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he became Walter White's attorney. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all." Bob Odenkirk reprises the role which he portrayed on "Breaking Bad".
Also returning for the spin-off is Jonathan Banks as Saul's trusted private investigator/fixer Michael "Mike" Ehrmantraut, who will have a bigger role on the new series. The first season is scheduled to debut in early 2015 after initially planned for fall premiere.
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