Better Call Saul, the spin-off of the widely popular AMC show Breaking Bad, is receiving just as much critical praise as its celebrated predecessor. Following the unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul takes fans back in time before Saul met the meth kingpin Walter White and brings some fresh plot lines. However, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has promised that fans of the first show will be rewarded by a lot of familiar characters and elements in Better Call Saul.
According to Digital Spy, Gilligan wants to honor the fans who know the canon of both his shows by including more and more secrets and surprises from Breaking Bad. Viewers have already gotten a taste of what Gilligan has in store with major appearances by Breaking Bad characters such as Mike and Tuco. But the filmmaker claims he wants to include even more familiar faces as long as it isn’t overdone.
According to the Guardian, Gilligan recently attended a screening of the second to last episode of the first season of Better Call Saul and participated in a panel discussion. During the panel, Gilligan explicitly stated his intention to reward fans who have stuck around with cameos from Breaking Bad characters.
“I think it would be a shame if we get through, knock on wood, a healthy number of seasons of Better Call Saul without seeing those gentlemen or without seeing the wonderful actresses. The trick is to not overdo it. The trick is to not stunt it.”
Vince Gilligan has gone out of his way to express his gratitude to the long-time fans of Breaking Bad, especially those who stuck around in the early seasons before the show found massive fame. His plan to add references in Better Call Saul seems to be a way for Gilligan to thank the new fans who have crossed over to the spin-off.
“We’re beholden to the fans, the fans who pay strict attention and we want to honor them for that,” said Gilligan, “We want to reward them for that.”
There has been much debate about whether the main characters of Breaking Bad, Jesse and Walt, will ever appear on the new show. And while the rumors have bounced back and forth between yes and no, Gilligan admitted at the panel he still isn’t sure how much viewers will see of those characters.
“Do we spend some time during the period, the epoch, of Breaking Bad?” he asked. “Do we show what happened in between the scenes of Walt and Jesse? Is there more to tell in the Omaha years? These are all questions we do not have answers to yet.”
In a recent interview, the star of Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk, shared the rough number of familiar characters that will show up in the new series. Find out how many here.
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