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“Better Call Saul” has only one season left and the “Breaking Bad” prequel series stands on the precipice of the grim criminal underworld of that original series. Cast members Bob Odenkirk, Rhea…
“Better Call Saul” has only one season left and the “Breaking Bad” prequel series stands on the precipice of the grim criminal underworld of that original series. Cast members Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando and Tony Dalton, along with series creator and executive producer Peter Gould, joined the Variety Streaming Room for a conversation moderated by Variety senior editor Michael Schneider to examine some of the most intense moments from Season 5 and reflect on how the characters have evolved since the show began back in 2015.
Odenkirk began the conversation by talking about where McGill is now, and how much of him is left as opposed to the slimy Saul Goodman that fans know from “Breaking Bad.”
Nodding along to Odenkirk’s comments, Gould then voiced his agreement about the gradual transformation of the character.
When the series began, Kim Wexler was a moral compass of sorts to McGill, warning him against cutting corners while indulging in the occasional thrill of a grift with him. Now, she has met with the cartel face to face and doesn’t seem eager to back down. Seehorn explained her excitement as an actress about the trajectory of her character in the last season.
Meanwhile, Michael Mando’s Nacho wants nothing more than to exit the world of the cartel since his father’s life is being threatened. Mando commented on Nacho’s journey from an up-and-comer in the organization to being in over his head.
Gould also touched upon a moment in the finale in which Dalton’s Lalo Salamanca crawls through an underground tunnel to escape an assassination attempt.
“One of the great things about this whole cast is these guys are very physical actors and we’re very lucky that they are,” Gould said. “Every single one of them, they act from the tips of their toes to the tops of their head. Tony, I remember watching him crawl through that tunnel like a bat out of hell. It was really exciting and it was hard for the crew to keep up with, but it felt exactly right because the guy is crawling for his life. He’s furious and he’s scared. Just the adrenaline in that moment was just really exciting to watch… As writers, we try to give these guys situations where they can use their physicality, not just the acting in here. A couple of seasons ago, Rhea had a whole scene where she was chasing a runaway car that almost hit an oil derrick. Michael’s jumped over roofs. Bob has been in dumpsters. I don’t know. It’s a good question. Why are we doing this to these guys?”