This Breaking Bad spinoff tells the origin story of Saul Goodman, focusing on his life six years prior to the events of Breaking Bad and telling the story of how he rose from petty criminal to big-time criminal lawyer.
Q & A
Q: How long should it take for “Better Call Saul” to transform Jimmy into Saul Goodman?
"Better Call Saul" thrives on carefully deconstructing Jimmy's life on the path to becoming Saul. Its pacing is well-plotted for the type of story being told.
Q: Is the electro-hypersensitivity condition Chuck has on “Better Call Saul” real?
Chuck's condition on "Better Call Saul" is one endured by real people, but the actual existence of the condition seems to be only in the mind.
Q: How does Chuck on “Better Call Saul” embody characteristics of both Skyler and Walter White?
In a series where everyone's sense of morality is a bit off-kilter, "Better Call Saul" allows characters like Chuck to show similarities to both Skyler and Walter from "Breaking Bad."
Q: Why have television audiences fallen so hard for the anti-hero?
The anti-hero is a challenging character which boasts the unexpected. They allow for a more interesting, darker, exciting narrative.
Q: Why does “Better Call Saul” work as a “Breaking Bad” prequel, even if we know what happens?
"Better Call Saul" plays with the psychology of us knowing the ending to Saul's story. It fulfills a need for audiences to understand the "how" in Jimmy McGill's transition from good lawyer to the criminal lawyer we knew on "Breaking Bad."
Q: What “Breaking Bad” Easter eggs can we find in “Better Call Saul”?
"Better Call Saul" is full of big and small references to "Breaking Bad," many of which are extremely easy to miss.
Q: How has Bob Odenkirk interpreted and evolved his “Better Call Saul” character after “Breaking Bad”?
Odenkirk’s ability to portray a different, cleaner, less-neurotic version of a beloved character while maintaining nuances that offer glimmers of the familiar is what has earned him repeated accolades for "Better Call Saul."
Q: In the “Better Call Saul” Season One finale, why is it significant that Jimmy takes Marco’s ring?
The ring Saul Goodman wears throughout the duration of "Breaking Bad" is explained in the "Better Call Saul" Season One finale.
Q: Why does Chuck almost open the door at the end of the “Better Call Saul” season 1 finale?
If Chuck had opened the door and attempted any form of reconciliation with his brother, it would be as good as admitting he was wrong.
Q: What input does Bob Odenkirk have on the creation of his “Better Call Saul” character?
Odenkirk may not give costume or dialogue suggestions, but he works the written material into a character that no other actor could have defined.
Q: Why does “Better Call Saul” open with Jimmy working at a Nebraska Cinnabon?
The Cinnabon scene that kicks off Better Call Saul's first episode is a reference to where his Breaking Bad character envisioned he'd end up after fleeing Albuquerque.
Q: On “Better Call Saul,” what is the history between Jimmy and Kim?
The series gives audiences the impression the two have likely had a romantic history together, but their very different life situations and goals have made their relationship a challenge.
Q: In “Better Call Saul,” who is the other Hamlin?
The "other" Hamlin in HHM is never revealed during the first season of Better Call Saul.
Q: What role does family play on the construct of “Better Call Saul’s” main characters?
Family is the original catalyst that begins the transformations of Jimmy McGill and Mike Ehrmantraut into the career criminals we saw in Breaking Bad.
Q: How does “Better Call Saul” relate to Breaking Bad? Why create a spinoff?
Better Call Saul tells the backstory of two interesting characters who, in the original series, had no explained histories.
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