You better call Saul Final spoilers follow.
You better call Saul brought back an unexpected character who breaking Bad fans may recognize in the recently released series finale.
In ‘Saul Gone’, Jimmy McGill’s alter ego Gene Takavic (Bob Odenkirk) is arrested and turns to former rival Bill Oakley (Peter Diseth) as his “advisory board”.
They then meet the Feds, though the overseers are none other than the original show’s Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) – who you’ll recall was the wife of the late Hank (Dean Norris).
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When told he faces huge charges for his crimes, Gene is then offered 30 years with a guilty plea, with Marie then telling him how much damage he has caused. However, Gene plays the victim card.
When he continues to be a man who has lost everything, the prosecutor asks if a jury would believe him, with Gene joking that he only has to convince one – much to Marie’s horror.
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In addition to Marie, we also get another flashback to Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Saul near the end of the events of breaking Bad when they will “disappear” themselves.
As they discuss what they would do with a time machine, Walt laments how rich he could have been had he stayed at Gray Matter Technologies, while Saul seems to have 22 years old and a slip and fall plan went wrong, leaving his knee permanently damaged.
“My knee has never been the same,” he admits, as Walt says, “So you’ve always been that way.”
Talk to rolling stoneshow co-creator Peter Gould admitted there were more cameos than he would have liked to see in the finale.
“I would have liked to have Patrick Fabian [Howard Hamlin] back, for Dean Norris to come back,” he said. “Anna Gunn [Skyler White] it would have been nice if it was part of the story. I love all of our cast.
“Giancarlo Esposito [Gus Fring] is one of the best and funniest actors to work with. So I would have wanted them all. I am greedy. We didn’t want to do some sort of overloaded epic, and I hope we didn’t. We wanted it to feel like a drama and not a collection of scenes.
“I absolutely would have brought them back,” he added. “And of course Michael Mando, the shadow of Nacho hangs over the whole season.
“The feeling I had about this episode was that it was kind of like A Christmas Carol. Gene becomes Saul and he is visited by three ghosts. And every time he gets a visit from one of those ghosts, you realize that guy is trapped in the cycle.”
He continued, “It’s not an exact analogy, but hopefully these flashbacks help illuminate the change he makes in this episode. He makes a change, and that’s a hard thing to do.”
You better call Saul broadcast on AMC in the US and on Netflix in the UK.
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