‘Better Call Saul’ Could Be Set Before, During and After ‘Breaking Bad’

Better Call Saul Breaking Bad Spinoff

Could Bryan Cranston’s Walter White be returning for “Better Call Saul” — the upcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel?

Contrary to popular belief, the show won’t necessarily take place exclusively in the 1980s. It could alternate between several decades.

Exec producer Peter Gould told The New York Daily News that the timeline for the new AMC series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is flexible.

“One of the great things about having a timeline which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before ‘Breaking Bad,’ during ‘Breaking Bad’ and after ‘Breaking Bad,'” he said. “That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on ‘Breaking Bad.'”

Although he said he wants Cranston’s teacher-turned-meth-master to make appearances on the show, he doesn’t want it to distract from Bob Odenkirk’s standalone storyline as criminal lawyer Saul.

“We want to make a show that stands on it own, is its own story and is a brand extension,” he said.

Gould is co-showrunning with “Breaking Bad” creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan. The spinoff’s premiere date was recently pushed back to 2015.

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  1. Carrie says:

    Yes, I agree. It can’t run after the finale! It WOULD ruin a perfect ending!

  2. I really hope they do not go after the BB finale, since I kinda like the BB Easter eggs that possibly link BB with The Walking Dead. Plus that finale was just too good to be spoiled.

  3. Karen Eicher says:

    I hope that Better call Saul has some of the writers who worked on Breaking Bad. That team can integrate past, present & future in a seamless and fascinating way.

  4. soakedpancakes says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of it taking place in the 80s. I assumed it was set for late-90s/early-00s, if not immediately prior to the events of Breaking Bad. You can’t honestly tell me that Odenkirk and Banks will consistently be playing versions of their characters that are 25 years younger? No make-up and hair department can pull that off. And Gilligan and Gould aren’t that stupid. Surely you must having the timeline wrong. Plus, Jesse would’ve barely been a toddler in the early 80s. Bye-bye Aaron Paul cameo.

    • uhhhsomeone says:

      good point

      • meaton75 says:

        Bad point! Did you just read to the second sentence of this article and call it a day??? Read a couple of more lines and you would have read this statement “One of the great things about having a timeline which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before ‘Breaking Bad,’ during ‘Breaking Bad’ and after ‘Breaking Bad,’” he said. “That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on ‘Breaking Bad.’” So Hello Aaron Paul cameo…not to forget maybe we can find out what happened to Huell.

  5. It is all very exciting! BrING BrYAN BaCK! And yes of course, it is a standalone show. I am sure Cranston would be the first to say as much.

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