How do you do a sequel, or in this case prequel, to one of the most acclaimed TV series of all time? That was the challenge for creators/executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and star Bob Odenkirk as they left Breaking Bad behind and set out to do the story of Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill, in AMC and Sony Television’s Better Call Saul.
Better Call Saul earned seven Emmy nominations for its first season and just concluded its second season this week. Although little elements of Breaking Bad are starting to creep in — the cousins and Hector have made appearances so far — this trio seems far more interested in taking their time and telling the story how the shady lawyer went from being Jimmy to Saul.
At the first-ever Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event April 10 at the DGA in front of a packed audience of Television Academy and key guild members, Gilligan, Odenkirk and Gould tell how the idea came about to do this prequel and focus on a Breaking Bad supporting player who fortunately was not among those killed off at the end of that iconic show. As Gilligan tells it, the idea to even do Saul started off as a joke in the writers room. Look who’s having the last laugh now.
Check out my conversation with them above.