A Look At “Better Call Saul” Season 4’s Spring Towards “Breaking Bad”

The Daily Beast visited the Albuquerque set of "Better Call Saul."

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Phyllis Applegate and Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul (2015)

It’s happening: We are finally going to see Better Call Saul’s Jimmy McGill transform into Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman this year.

“Yes you are,” the show’s titular star, Bob Odenkirk, told The Daily Beast. “You are going to see a scene in Saul’s office from the time period of Breaking Bad.” It was “super exciting” and “fun as hell” to arrive at that point in the story, Odenkirk adds.

Each season of the series begins with a flash-forward past the events of Breaking Bad to a black-and-white future in which “Saul” is now “Gene,” and he’s managing a Cinnabon in Omaha. But finally, this season, which premieres on Monday, August 6th, we will see for the first time Jimmy McGill as Saul from the era when he was serving as a fixer for Bryan Cranston’s Walter White.

The Daily Beast writes that this is just one of the ways creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are making the spinoff look and feel more and more like its predecessor. At Comic-Con last month, Gilligan and Gould revealed season four will introduce the character of Lalo, whom Saul referenced in his first Breaking Bad appearance (but has never been seen on either show).

“I really feel like this is the first season where we hit the ground running,” Odenkirk said to The Daily Beast. “There’s just a feeling of confidence through the writing.” He insists that he’s not being “cocky.” Rather, “it’s just that we know what the show is. We know how far it can go to comedy, how far it can go to drama and the writers can enjoy it more. Dial it up and dial it back with less concern. And we do go a lot of places, I mean it’s a crazy show.”

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