'Better Call Saul': 5 Things to Know About the 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off

If you're still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, cheer up. The intense series' prequel Better Call Saul is finally ready to premiere this weekend, and we are armed with all the scoop you need to know ahead of the show's much-anticipated debut.

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1. We know this is a downer, but don't expect to see Walt or Jesse make an appearance in the first season. Creator Vince Gilligan notes Jesse would only be in middle school during the timing of Better Call Saul, making it nearly impossible for them to incorporate him into the storyline, and they're holding off on bringing Walt into the fold.

2. When we first meet Saul Goodman in the series, he's still Jimmy McGill, his name before his life changes course. Different name, same slippery ethics. "The question we're having fun with in the writers' room is -- is it better to be true to yourself, because Slipping Jimmy, as you meet in the first episode, really waxes rhapsodic about the days when he used to be that guy before he was an attorney," Gilligan told reporters at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. "Or is it better to be a good person or is there some mix of the two?"

3. Time won't move as quickly in Better Call Saul as it did in Breaking Bad. "Walter White had a very immediate problem," explains Gilligan. "He was dying of cancer. He didn't know how long he was going to have, so that whole show felt, by necessity, that it had to be very accelerated in storytelling. We don't have that issue with Jimmy McGill. It remains to be discovered."

4. You can expect a nostalgic nod to Breaking Bad at the end of the first episode (seriously, keep an eye out for it), but the producers and writers want Better Call Saul to stand on its own, so there won't be a ton of Easter eggs dropped unless they fit in organically. 

5. With that being said, the producers admit they have a cork board with all of the names of the Breaking Bad characters they can imagine bringing into the mix. "Some of them from the big ones, like Jesse and Walt, to ones that maybe you'd remember, maybe you wouldn't, like Wendy," says executive producer Peter Gould.

Better Call Saul premieres Sunday, February 8, 10 p.m., on AMC, with a second new episode following on Monday, February 9, at 10 p.m.

Aside from Walt and Jesse, which Breaking Bad characters would you like to see return?


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