RE: How does “Better Call Saul” connect to “Breaking Bad”?

For those familiar with both series, what are the key connections and Easter eggs that link "Better Call Saul" to "Breaking Bad?" Are there any major plot points or characters that overlap?

Add Comment
1 Answers
"Better Call Saul" is a prequel to "Breaking Bad" and both shows have been created by Vince Gilligan. The primary connection between the two series is the character Saul Goodman (real name Jimmy McGill), portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, who is introduced in "Breaking Bad" as a corrupt lawyer and becomes the central figure in "Better Call Call Saul." Here are some of the key links and overlaps between the two shows: 1. **Character Overlaps**: Several characters from "Breaking Bad" appear in "Better Call Saul." Mike Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks), Gus Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito), Hector Salamanca (played by Mark Margolis), and Tuco Salamanca (played by Raymond Cruz) are some of the notable characters that are extensively developed in the prequel. 2. **Backstory Exploration**: "Better Call Saul" explores the origins and development of its titular character before he became the Saul Goodman we know in "Breaking Bad." It also provides the backstory for Mike Ehrmantraut, delving into his life as a former cop and how he becomes involved with the criminal underworld. 3. **Plot Connections**: The series sets up many of the circumstances seen in "Breaking Bad," including the establishment of Saul’s law office, his connections with the cartel, and his relationships with various criminals. 4. **Easter Eggs and References**: "Better Call Saul" is filled with subtle nods to "Breaking Bad," such as specific lines of dialogue, visual cues, the use of certain locations, and small character appearances. For example, the recognizable strip mall location of Saul Goodman's future office appears under construction in "Better Call Saul." 5. **Symbolism and Themes**: Both shows share similar themes of morality, crime, and the consequences of one’s actions. The prequel also maintains the tradition of using color and symbolism to represent character development and foreshadowing events. 6. **Narrative Style**: The narrative style, with its flash-forwards and nonlinear storytelling, is a hallmark of Vince Gilligan's work that connects both series. In "Better Call Saul" we even get glimpses of Jimmy McGill's life post "Breaking Bad," where he lives under a new identity as "Gene" in Omaha, further bridging the gap between the two stories. 7. **Character Transformations**: Key to both series is the transformation of characters, from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman, and from Walter White to Heisenberg in "Breaking Bad." These transitions are central to understanding the themes of identity and moral decline in both series. It's worth noting that "Better Call Saul" both complements and enriches the narrative world set up by "Breaking Bad." Viewers new to either show can appreciate the intricate storytelling, character development, and the overarching storylines that interweave between the two critically acclaimed series.
Answered on June 16, 2024.
Add Comment

Your Answer

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.