Description: Before Saul Goodman, he was Jimmy McGill. And if you’re calling Jimmy, you’re in real trouble. The prequel to “Breaking Bad” follows small-time attorney Jimmy McGill as he transforms into Walter White’s morally challenged lawyer, Saul Goodman.
Creators: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks
Taglines: Make the call
- Vince Gilligan admitted that the characters of Chuck McGill and Howard Hamlin developed differently than initially planned. Chuck was going to be the wise older brother who would provide Jimmy with advice and Howard was going to be the nemesis and foil in Jimmy’s life. However, after a few episodes, the actors, producers and writers all agreed that the trajectory of the characters would work better if Chuck was the true nemesis in Jimmy’s life and Howard was the flawed, sympathetic friend who wanted to help Jimmy. “Chuck was never going to be the bad guy, and Howard was always going to be the one to cause problems in Jimmy’s life. What’s wonderful is working with such a talented group of writers and actors who aren’t afraid to change things and are flexible with trying out different scenarios. I think the way Chuck and Howard have developed fits much more with the theme of the show and offers so many more rewarding outcomes than our original vision,” said Vince Gilligan.
- The salon where the “temporary” office of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is, is the one that he (as Saul Goodman) offers to sell to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) for money laundering in Breaking Bad (2008).
- The series takes place in 2002, six years before the beginning of Breaking Bad (2008) and seven years before Saul’s first appearance.
- Vince Gilligan said his enjoyment of creating the show has opened his mind to other spinoffs or shows set before or after Breaking Bad.
- Vince Gilligan said that the show would not go past six seasons, as the timeline would eventually run into the Breaking Bad timeline. “We have certain characters that need to be introduced and specific events that need to happen, but the writers have freedom to develop how we get there in allotted time available,” said Gilligan in an interview.
- Saul Goodman is a pseudonym that was picked because it sounded Jewish and sounds like “It’s all good, man.”