Breaking Bad: Vince Gilligan dishes the dirt on ‘Better Call Saul’, filming to begin next week

by Nick Barnes

AMC's "Breaking Bad" Season 5 Premiere - Comic-Con International 2012

Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking bad has dropped a few notable hints about the forthcoming spin-off show, Better Call Saul.

It has been just over two weeks since Breaking bad bowed off our screens for one final time. However, weeks before that, it was confirmed that a spin-off was in the works and of course, it’s only natural that the attention suddenly turns to the spin-off now that Breaking Bad has come to an end.

The show will begin filming in Albuquerque next week and will be set in the offices of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).

The main bunch of viewers who’ll watch the spin-off show will be Breaking Bad fans wanting to get one final fix from some of their favourite characters. Therefore, it was important to Gilligan that Better Call Saul is shot in the same way and in the same location.


Thus far, we know that the spin-off will follow the hour long format of Breaking Bad along with the 75-25 percent Drama-Comedy content, respectively.

“So we figured, ‘Why not shoot Saul in the same way? Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque,” Gilligan explained “Let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way that we had so much fin creating’.”

The creator of the show went on to say that creating the dramatic heft has been somewhat of a challenge so far as they have been working out “the ongoing scratch that Saul needs to itch”.

As mentioned before, a lot of the viewers will be watching the spin-off show to catch a glimpse of their favourite Breaking Bad characters one final time – and they won’t be left disappointed as there is a chance that some of the Breaking Bad cast will appear on the spin-off.

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Gilligan said: “Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then”.

Way back in September when the project was confirmed, AMC and Sony Pictures Television said in a joint statement: “As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer”.

Better Call Saul will hopefully be broadcast in late summer or early fall 2014.