A few weeks ago we brought you the news that AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul would be delayed until early 2015, but also earned an early second-season renewal. Now that co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, they took a little side time from Breaking Bad talk to share some new details on the upcoming prequel series. In addition to info on the show’s cast, cameos, and timeline, we’ve also got two new images featuring star Bob Odenkirk. Hit the jump to check it all out.
Right out of the gates, as THR reports, Gilligan and Gould commented on the delay of Better Call Saul:
“We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud,” said Gilligan, admitting that he wanted to take his time on the show. “I still feel I’m very slow for television.”
“We had a pace on Breaking Bad that was deliciously stately for television,” added Gould. “We have a way of doing things that is slower than most television shows.”
One possible reason behind that slower pace was the discovery of their central character, who was not as fully realized as they might have imagined:
“I thought it was going to be easy,” said Gilligan. “‘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.”
Gould compared their vision of Saul to the Breaking Bad image from season five where the machine gun in the trunk was shown to audiences early on. They know where Saul’s going to end up, they just have to get him there.
AMC also announced a few more cast additions to the prequel, including Michael McKean as Saul’s brother Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho – all characters embracing one side of the law or the other. As for cameos from the Breaking Bad storyline:
“These are all characters we love,” said Gould. “Having said that, we’re trying to make something that stands on its own and has an entertainment value of not just seeing old favorites. It’s not a clip show. We try to balance these things out.”
“I don’t think we’re giving anything away to say we’re still figuring this out — including if and when we’ll see some of these characters,” added Gilligan. “We like nonlinear storytelling. I would point you in the direction of anything that was possible on Breaking Bad is possible on Better Call Saul.”
Now since this is a prequel series, fans might want to know just how far in advance it is before Breaking Bad’s timeline (via Variety):
“It is period,” said Gilligan, stating it takes place in 2002 and adding that “we tried hard on ‘Breaking Bad’ to try not to be too specific where it is.”
Finally, we get the official plot synopsis of Better Call Saul thanks to AMC’s press release:
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, wove with dark humor.
Color me enthused. Better Call Saul comes to AMC early in 2015.