17 Behind-The-Scenes Facts To Know About 'Better Call Saul'
AMC's dearly-beloved Breaking Bad has a spinoff series all about Saul Goodman, called Better Call Saul, that aims to please even the most ravenous fans. Breaking Bad devotees are probably already privy to some of the behind-the-scenes details surrounding the show, but we're betting you could still learn a thing or two about Vince Gilligan's second AMC series from this list of Better Call Saul trivia.
From timeline-altering implications to Easter eggs and production details, these are the most interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Better Call Saul.
'Better Call Saul' Actually Started Out as a Joke in the 'Breaking Bad' Writers' Room
While in the writers' room for Breaking Bad, they would often jokingly banter about creating a show entirely about Saul. After a few years as the butt of the writers' jokes, the idea of a show centered on Saul became so concrete that Vince Gilligan decided to move forward with a spinoff.
You Don't Really Need to Have Seen 'Breaking Bad' to Appreciate 'Better Call Saul'
Bob Odenkirk has gone on record saying, "If you know Saul, you're going to smile a lot and there are a lot of little touches everywhere that will make you feel 'in' on the building of the character... but you certainly can watch [Better Call Saul] and not know Breaking Bad. You would just be introduced to a new character and a lot of layers of who this guy is that nobody's ever seen before."
Michael McKean Was Cast by Bryan Cranston
Michael McKean plays Saul's older brother, Chuck, thanks mostly to Bryan Cranston's recommendation. McKean was convinced to take the role owing to Cranston's urging.
All of the Season 1 Episode Titles End with an 'O'
The first five episodes of Better Call Saul are titled "Uno," "Mijo," "Nacho," "Hero," and "Jello."
Breaking Bad was known for its creative episode titles that tied to one another (e.g., "747-Down-Over-ABQ").
'Better Call Saul' Was Almost a Half-Hour Comedy
In early stages of development, Better Call Saul was supposed to be a 30-minute comedy, but later shifted gears toward the more traditional hourlong format of dramas.
Color Plays a Huge Role
Fans of Breaking Bad already know that the use of color was a common motif in the show, often foreshadowing conflict or highlighting character traits - Marie's obsession with purple, anyone?
Showrunner Peter Gould has stated that this use of color will carry over to Better Call Saul, and hinted that criminals will be adorned in hot colors.