When does “Better Call Saul” take place compared to “Breaking Bad”?

I'm curious about the timeline of "Better Call Saul." How many years before "Breaking Bad" does it start, and does it cover events that overlap with "Breaking Bad?"

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"Better Call Saul" is primarily set as a prequel to "Breaking Bad." It begins six years before the start of "Breaking Bad," with the first season taking place in the year 2002. Jimmy McGill, who will eventually become Saul Goodman, the criminal lawyer, is the central character. Over the seasons, "Better Call Saul" shows Jimmy's moral and ethical decline, how he transforms into the Saul Goodman character, and the events and relationships that define his journey there. As the series progresses, it gets closer to the timeline of "Breaking Bad," and in some instances, there are overlaps with “Breaking Bad” events, particularly in the later seasons of "Better Call Saul." For example, characters like Gus Fring, Hector Salamanca, Mike Ehrmantraut, and others have storylines that predate and lead up to where we first meet them in "Breaking Bad." Moreover, the series also includes some post-"Breaking Breaking Bad" scenes, essentially becoming a sequel. These black-and-white segments are set after the events of "Breaking Bad," showing Jimmy McGill living under a new identity as Gene Takavic, the manager of a Cinnabon in Omaha, Nebraska. This allows viewers to understand the full arch of Saul Goodman's character spanning before, during, and after the events of "Breaking Bad." It's worth noting that "Better Call Saul" was created to stand on its own as a series, so while there are many connections and Easter eggs that fans of "Breaking Bad" will enjoy, new viewers can also watch and appreciate the show without having seen "Breaking Bad." The creators of both series, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, have woven a complex narrative fabric that enriches the overall storytelling of the universe they've created. This makes "Better Call Saul" not just a simple prequel but a richly layered show that enhances and deepens the narrative scope of "Breaking Bad."
Answered on June 16, 2024.
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