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'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off 'Better Call Saul' May Jump Around In Time

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould are providing more details about spin-off 'Better Call Saul' based on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman.

And Gilligan says as the show continues to take shape, he's becoming more open to the idea that the series won't be strictly be a prequel to the critically acclaimed AMC drama.

"We think, by and large, this show will be a prequel, but the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time," Gilligan tells EW.

"So it's possible that we may indeed do that, and we'll see the past and perhaps the future."

"The thing we realize is tricky with the character is that Saul Goodman is very comfortable in his own skin. He seems to be a character who is pretty happy with himself, especially when we first meet him. He seems to be a pretty happy-go-lucky guy, and that makes him everything that Walter White is not. And that also makes for tricky drama."

"When I say drama, even in a comedy, you want drama, you want tension and conflict, and a character that at heart seems at peace with himself is intrinsically undramatic."

But while Gilligan is hoping for cameos from 'Breaking Bad' stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, he understands he can't have it both ways.

"It has to stand on its own two legs as its own series, otherwise there's no point in doing it," he admits. "It will have to succeed on its own terms as its own show. If it doesn't, it won't be satisfying, and satisfaction is the key word. We want to satisfy."

However, he hopes to bring back characters fans are familiar with, including Mike."

"That would be a great deal of fun. I would say the sky's the limit, at least theoretically speaking. Realistically speaking, we've got a whole lot of actors, and the world is now well-aware of their wonderful talents and abilities, and therefore Breaking Bad has probably made it tougher for Peter and I to get some of these folks pinned down for another TV show."

January 3, 2014 |

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