Fans were expecting a similar product to ‘Breaking Bad’ but ultimately, they got something completely different thanks to the likes of Bob Odenkirk and Vince Gilligan.
The show features a bit of everything on-screen and off of it, there was some controversy attached, like Bob Odenkirk collapsing during the filming of the show.
He returned to the series for the final season, though fans are still concerned over the actor’s well-being.
Nonetheless, fans can’t wait to see how it all plays out. A lot of viewers didn’t want the show to end but as it turns out, there was always a plan in place for the series not to overlap the six-season mark.
We’ll explain why, along with taking a look at some behind-the-scenes facts about the show, including what to expect for the final season.
‘Better Call Saul’ Exceeded Expectations
The creator of the show, Vince Gilligan himself admitted that piecing everything together was not easy, especially from the start.
The plot needed to follow what ‘Breaking Bad’ released, given that it was said to have taken place before.
With this in mind, the show’s creator admitted alongside Rolling Stone that he really wasn’t sure what he was going to get as the outcome.
One thing he knew for sure is that he wanted a different product compared to ‘Breaking Bad’.
“I didn’t know it would come together. I knew it would be the product of a lot of hard work and a lot of talent, in front of and behind the camera. I thought at worst, we would create something that was admirable and a perfectly legitimate attempt at a show. But I didn’t realize it would be as successful as it is in terms of a fully jelled world, a full totality of creation … [one] that is as satisfying as it is.”
Ultimately, not only did the show succeed, but the creator was shocked as to how some fans preferred the spin-off to ‘Breaking Bad’.
“I never thought anyone would come up to me and say, “I like Better Call Saul better than Breaking Bad.” If you had asked me before we started, “Would that bother you if someone said that?” First of all, I would have said, “That’s never gonna happen. And yeah, it probably would bother me.” It doesn’t bother me a bit. It tickles me. I love it.”
Although it turned out to be a major hit, Gilligan did not want the show going over six seasons from the start. He stayed true to that ultimately.
It Had To End In Season 6 Because Of ‘Breaking Bad’
For timeline purposes in relation to ‘Breaking Bad‘, the show needed to end after six seasons. Gilligan was adamant about this from the start. Therefore, despite its success, it will come to an end in 2022.
“We have certain characters that need to be introduced and specific events that need to happen, but the writers have the freedom to develop how we get there in the allotted time available,” said Gilligan in an interview.
Fans can expect one heck of a final season. However, as Vince Gilligan admitted with AMC, putting on the final season was a little harder given the current situation going on in the world.
Season 6 Of ‘Better Call Saul’ Was Hard To Shoot Due To The Pandemic
All good things must come to an end and that includes ‘Better Call Saul‘. Gilligan had a blast being part of the creative for the final season, however, the filming circumstances weren’t exactly ideal thanks to the pandemic.
He discussed the process of shooting the final season alongside AMC.
”The thing I’m most excited about Season 6 is I’m a part of it again. Of course, as all the folks who read this know, we’ve got this scary COVID-19 virus going on, so we are, for the first time ever, we’re doing our writers room with the aid of technology. We’re using teleconferencing, and it’s a little tricky. We don’t love teleconferencing; we’d rather all be in a room together. But I’m excited.”
“I think it’s going to be a bittersweet day when the series ends at the end of Season 6, but I think it’s going to be a great season of television and I’m proud to be a part of it and couldn’t be happier to be back in the room with everybody.”
It’ll be a must-see ending, surely.
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