10 Things You Didn’t Know About Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul is bound to be AMC’s next big hit, partly thanks to Breaking Bad’s phenomenal and critically acclaimed success. As the show is still in its infancy, we explore some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the already-popular dramedy.
Let’s kick off the list with this interesting Better Call Saul trailer, in case you have yet to dive into AMC’s fan-favorite series.
The Meaning Behind the Name
It is widely believed that Saul Goodman’s name has a very obvious sound and meaning to it, deriving from the phrase, “It’s all good, man.” Speaking of the name, Saul Goodman is actually a pseudonym that Jimmy McGill came up with for the sake of attracting more business as a lawyer. The fake name was merely invented to sound more Jewish and thus be more relatable to the local community.
Saul is Not that Shady… Yet
Breaking Bad told the story of a man who made bad decisions for good reasons, primarily due to desperation. Over time, Walter White’s ambitions got the better of him and eventually turned him into a full-blown criminal. Saul Goodman will essentially tell a similar story as we see a financially troubled man in distress, breaking some laws merely for his own survival. Later down the road we will witness his transformation into a much shadier character, as witnessed in the events of Breaking Bad.
Not Your Typical Prequel
TV show prequels typically focus on a timeline that comes before the events of its sequel (in this case, Breaking Bad). In an odd, but potentially great twist, though, Better Call Saul will occasionally jump to settings that take place before, during and after the events of Breaking Bad. The show’s producers explained that this would cover Saul’s life and character development in much more detail.
Better and Faster Pace
Breaking Bad often moved at an awfully slow pace to comply with Walter White’s deteriorating health conditions more realistically. Thankfully, Better Call Saul will generally advance much faster due to the vastly different plot. This potentially means more action, drama and twists without long draughts in between. Could Jimmy McGill’s story end up being superior to Walter White’s as a result? This is entirely possible.
Better Call Saul: The Sitcom?
Did you know that the show was originally intended to be a 30-minute comedy? It’s difficult to comprehend this angle, considering the original was an hour-long drama. Thankfully the show’s producers eventually turned it into a more conventional series like its predecessor. Now we wonder if showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould would have introduced laugh tracks into the show.
The Show’s Inception Was a Joke
Better Call Saul was not conceived in the typical sense where producers are decidedly interested in a spin-off long before the original series’ end. The show’s very idea came out of many years of jokes among Breaking Bad’s writers, making small talk of a show exclusively devoted to Saul Goodman. At some point, the constant quirks became so concrete that Vince Gilligan finally gave the idea some serious consideration.
Thankfully, newcomers do not need to know a single thing about Breaking Bad in order to understand and embrace Better Call Saul. In spite of this, we still suggest that you become familiar with the former hit show, as it allows you to appreciate the Better Call Saul cast a lot more.
The Show is a Tad Late
Better Call Saul was originally slated for a 2014 release, but Vince Gilligan was given more freedom in order to polish the plot and characters as much as possible. This was a great decision on the network’s part, of course, considering the tremendous success of its predecessor.
Scenes are Shot All over the Place
Unlike Breaking Bad, which was mostly produced inside sound stages in Albuquerque, the majority of Better Call Saul’s scenes are shot around the city. Producer Melissa Bernstein explains that this fits with Saul’s hectic schedule and upbeat personality.
Saul Has an Active Website
Did you know that Saul Goodman has an actual business website? That’s right, Bettercallsaul.com is packed with cliché and hilarious promotion ads, a live office webcam, and ways to contact the sleazy lawyer. Now that’s genius marketing.
There you have it, 10 things you didn’t know about Better Call Saul. What do you think of the Better Call Saul cast appearances and plot so far? Be sure to share your opinions in the comments!