'Better Call Saul' producer breaks down Gene's 'dangerous' move (2023)


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Warning: This story contains plot details from Monday's episode of Better Call Saul, titled "Nippy."

Last week's installment of Better Call Saul saw Kim (Rhea Seehorn) tear it all down and leave herself (as well as Jimmy) devastated. The final minutes skipped ahead to Saul (Bob Odenkirk) in full, bleak, amoral glory. So naturally, this week's episode of AMC's magnificently mercurial Breaking Bad prequel picked up with… neither of them, instead flashing forward to Gene, Saul's sad-sack-Cinnabon-manager alias who had been made by an unsettling cab driver named Jeff. When Gene canceled his second extraction with the Disappearer and told him that he would fix it himself, he wasn't kidding. And he was also suddenly feeling like his old self.

Presented entirely in black and white, and directed by Michelle MacLaren, "Nippy" unspooled Gene's quirky, intricate plan of damage control. He began by underhandedly befriending Jeff's mother, Marion (hello, Carol Burnett!), with a lost-dog gambit. When Jeff (Pat Healy) came home to find Gene sitting in the kitchen with Marion, he was... flustered, to say the least. Away from Marion, Gene offered to show Jeff and his buddy "the game" to buy his silence, and this game involved a meticulously plotted out department store heist. After the store closed, Jimmy would distract the friendly mall security guard (oh, hi, Jim O'Heir!) with a certain sugary treat while Jeff ran through the store after hours and strategically grabbed merchandise.

The plan went off with a hitch — that hitch being Jeff knocking himself out for a minute after slipping on the freshly shined floor — but illicit victory was ultimately achieved. The celebratory vibes quickly vanished, though, as Gene forcefully explained that this was a one-and-done operation, or he would take these two down with him. Later, Gene dropped by the department store, where he checked out a Goodman-approved splashy shirt-and-tie combo, only to reluctantly return it to the rack. Game over. Or just temporarily suspended....

Let's take a load off, grab a cup of coffee, tell Wisconsin to keep it, wish Lizzie good luck in the spelling bee, and fall in with someone in the bad crowd in Albuquerque — namely executive producer Alison Tatlock, who wrote the expectation-upending "Nippy."

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Last week, the show took viewers right from a devastated Jimmy to a godless Saul. This week, it surprised by delving solely into Gene, where there's a lot of unfinished business. Will this largely be the homebase timeline for the final three episodes, or will the story jump all around in time?

ALISON TATLOCK: Well, [laughs] that is a tough question to answer right now. So I am going to plead the fifth and say we will have to wait and see what happens moving forward.

[Writer-producer] Gordon Smith hinted that these final episodes will throw some curveballs, take some big, weird swings, and take fans down some roads they don't see coming. So just when fans think they have their footing, should they stay on guard?

Well, that is certainly true of this episode. We did consciously defy expectations and we would never do that if it felt inorganic or forced; we really try to honor where the story wants to go and where the characters are moving. And it felt right to us to, finally, in this season — much later in the game than we're used to — go into Omaha world. Even though some could argue it was the wrong time. To us, it felt like it was the right time. [Laughs] We did acknowledge that people might be yelling at us either internally or out loud, but it seemed like it would be worth it in the end. I hope it was.

This is a different Gene than shown before; he's been so meek and shut down. We've seen Gene write "SG was here," and yell, "Get a lawyer," but he truly comes to life and awakens a part of himself here that he's had to keep locked up. While he's doing it to neutralize a threat here, how dangerous is this game for him?

I think it is dangerous for him. He's taking a huge risk by channeling the energy of Saul Goodman while he's still undercover as Gene at the Cinnabon. It's dangerous, and perhaps also a little bit thrilling. And with that thrill comes a kind of invigoration and enlivening, as you say — a bounce in his step, both literal and metaphorical. We see the bounce start to come when he's walking down the hall in the mall and gaining confidence. And the more threatening tough side of Saul comes back as well.

There's a lot of scheming going on. What was the biggest challenge facing you and Michelle in bringing this episode to life?

This was a complicated episode. There were so many different elements. It was a crazy puzzle. It was a puzzle within a puzzle. It had not only the big montage sequence, which was a huge puzzle in itself, but the sequence on the monitors was almost like another movie within the movie. Planning out, plotting out, figuring out that sequence — filming all of those pieces — that would then be on the monitor behind Frank's head while Gene was sitting there talking to him and choking on his coffee was probably the biggest challenge among several others….

There's one other thing worth mentioning, which is that we did not have a department store. That department store was just an empty space in the mall, and our incredible team of designers — our production designer and our art department — built that thing from scratch. Every single item was created or purchased and brought in. So it was quite a feat. And as far as I can tell, you would never know. It looks absolutely like a real living, breathing department store when you see it on the screen.

More about Jeff is revealed in this episode, though the character is no longer played by Don Harvey; now he's played by Pat Healy. Was Don unavailable because of his commitment to We Own This City? And how painful was that to have to recast that role, given that you had used him in two earlier seasons, first with his eyes in the cab's rearview mirror and then his conversation with Gene at the mall?

Don did have a work conflict. I'm not at liberty to confirm the job that you mentioned. And, yes, there was quite a bit of discussion about how to handle this and how to move forward. I think it was tough on him, a hard decision, which we understood, and we were very sorry to lose him. We were very grateful to have such an amazing actor, Pat Healy, step in and bring his own interpretation of Jeffy into the world.

Don is more imposing and creepy in the role when he's confronting Gene at the mall. Pat's Jeff is a little quieter. Obviously, he's really thrown off guard by Gene befriending his mother and infiltrating his home, but did that casting switch at all tweak your approach to the character?

Every actor brings his or her or their own energy and own take. And to me, the whole thing felt right. I was on set watching Pat embody Jeff for the first time. And I will say I was initially relieved, because first you just want everything to be okay, right? [Laughs] So I was like, "Okay, we're in good hands. This is a very, very skilled actor. Phew!"

Then I became enthralled because his interpretation was so, I thought, compelling. You're right, there's a kind of a vulnerability and a tentativeness that he brought. And I buy that had he, Pat, been playing the scenes in the mall, he would've channeled a tougher and more threatening version of himself in those moments because he had the upper hand. Or so he thought. But we meet Pat Healy's version of Jeff when the tables have already turned. He walks into the kitchen and here's this creep, who he thought he had power over, sitting there with his mother, which I think one could argue would be anybody's worst nightmare. [Laughs] You don't want that guy sitting at the table with your mother; that can only be bad news. So immediately he has reason to be unsettled and to be shaken.

His mother is played by... Carol Burnett, which is fun. Carol is a huge Saul fan. Why was she ideal for this role?

We conceived of the role first in the room. We felt that in order for Gene to get the upper hand on Jeff, he would need to know Jeff's vulnerability. And often, one's vulnerability is one's loved ones. We thought that Jeff was kind of a loner-ish guy, not somebody surrounded by a lot of friends and family. It felt right to us that he was very much an adult man who would be, for a combination of reasons, living with his mom. And if he was living with his mom, then that character could be a mark for Gene. Once we had that conversation, the lightbulb went off, because not only is Carol Burnett a big fan of both Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, but we, of course, are huge fans of hers. She's not only a legend and a trailblazer in her own right, but also just an incredibly skilled and delightful actor. And we were very lucky to get her.

Marion is introduced as a sharp and strong woman; she points out to the deli employee that he gave her a quarter-pound too much pastrami. Is there any chance that she's onto Gene a little bit at the end or is there more to her story? Will we see her and/or Jeff again?

I guess we'll just have to wait and see…. We wanted Marion to be smart, and we wanted her to have a little bit of grit. The word that we used a lot in the room to describe Marion was "independent." We didn't want a shrinking violet. This was even before we knew that we would for sure have Carol Burnett. But whether we did or not, we did not want to create a character who immediately read as a victim. Or as somebody who was easy for Gene. We always want him and all of the characters to have to work. If it was too easy, it wouldn't satisfy us as storytellers or satisfy the audience.

So we knew from the beginning, she should be somebody who he thinks he can make it work, but she is smart, she is perceptive, and she's quite independent given her circumstances. However, she has a soft spot for the idea of this missing dog, and we imagine that off screen, Gene did a little bit of recon. And even though Marion, as far as we know, doesn't have a dog of her own that he was able to perceive, this would be an effective ploy. And it softens her to him. And to me, it reads as very genuine at the end.

Speaking of casting, Jim O'Heir plays Frank, the mall security guard. Are there a lot of Parks and Recreation fans at Saul? How did he enter your orbit?

He was the man for the job. We didn't know ahead of time that it would be him, but we knew what we envisioned for Frank. And we were just incredibly fortunate to get him because he was incredible. And not only was he great on the page, but he and Bob did a little bit of improvisation as part of the montage. And they had crossed paths in Chicago as improvisers and just had such a great time together. And we're so lucky to have gotten him. He's amazing.

To distract Frank while Jeff wakes up, Gene bursts into a crying speech and says, "My brother's dead. I got no wife, no kids, no friends, if I die tonight, no one would care…. I'd be a ghost. Less than a ghost, I'd be a shadow. I'd just be nothing. I mean, what's the point?" How quickly does that speech turn a little too real for Gene — and is he starting to realize, 'What is the point of this life I have in hiding?"

Yes. Gene starts to reveal his true feelings about his life, even as he is using them to manipulate Frank. So it is truly both at the same time.

Two things can be true.

Yes! It's an interesting psychological phenomenon that Jimmy and now Gene has access to, which is not only to use emotion to get what he wants, which you could argue almost any child knows how to do, but in his case, to reveal deep, buried, heavy, hidden truths that he's never said out loud before, to use those to get what he wants and what he needs — talk about a Hail Mary. It's not like he does this every day. He does it under great duress in case of emergency. It's like his emergency ammunition.

Another potent scene is when Gene emphatically lays out to Jeff that they are done. Of course, it's critical for Gene to guard his security, but are Walter White's words of "We're done when I say we're done" after Saul said, "You and I are done" still echoing in his head, given his mention of Walt?

I think you're right. Gene invokes Walter White quite specifically at one point in this episode, and we know from the end of [last week's episode] that we're treading in that story line — our Jimmy/Saul story line — into the true Saul Goodman era. We learn in this episode in a couple different ways that that experience is still looming large for him, even though he's never voiced it before as Gene.

At the end of the episode in the department store, Gene holds up a Saul-esque shirt and tie, and then seems to have that pained realization of a forbidden life and puts it back. But he puts it on the end of the rack. Is it meaningful that he didn't put it all the way back or just a cool shot?

I think it's both. Of course, a detail like that is a group discussion and comes often, not always, out of the writers' room. In this case, it was in the script. And then Michelle realized it so beautifully because she very much understood that it was both, that it was going to be a striking shot, ending the episode on the costume of Saul Goodman without the man himself ready to fully step into it.

But also just the look on Bob as Gene's face at the very end when he has to part with that beloved shirt and tie reminded me of a strange adult Omaha version of Romeo and Juliet. [Laughs] He does not want to have to part with his beloved, but he knows that he has to. And so with longing in his eyes, he turns and walks away, but leaves the skin behind.

It's bold that the whole episode is in black and white. Will the Gene-era story remain in black and white? And was there discussion about switching to color once you settled in this time period?

I love that the episode was all in black and white. We were excited and had talked about that it would be interesting to us both in the story way and cinematically to do an entire black-and-white episode, and this is where it landed. And that was just cool artistically. We had a very enlightening Zoom session with [co-creator] Peter [Gould] and our DP and Michelle, where Peter shared images with us from black-and-white movies that he loves. So there was a real honoring of some film history as we delved into this one.

We talked extensively in the room, just in terms of the trajectory of the season, about what would be color, what would be black and white when, when Gene might appear, the fact that he doesn't appear in [the season 6 premiere] and that we hold that off, and now here he is. But in terms of moving forward, I can neither confirm nor deny.

What is your cryptic tease for next week's episode?

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We're going to keep you on your toes.

And what adjective would describe that episode?

Hmmm… Harrowing.

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'Better Call Saul' producer breaks down Gene's 'dangerous' move? ›

Better Call Saul producer breaks down Gene's 'dangerous' move in 'Nippy' "With that thrill comes a kind of invigoration and enlivening," says executive producer Alison Tatlock.

Are the Gene scenes in Better Call Saul after Breaking Bad? ›

Before the prequel confirmed exactly when the Gene sequences were set, the consensus was that they were at least within three years of Breaking Bad's conclusion. This is exactly why Gilligan and Gould kept the truth about the Better Call Saul timeline hidden from audiences for so long.

Where did Gene move to Better Call Saul? ›

Jimmy enlisted the help of Ed Galbraith, 'The Disappearer' - a vacuum salesman who secretly works setting up people with new identities in far flung parts of the country, for a hefty fee. Jimmy took on the name of Gene Takovic and moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he began working at a Cinnabon in a shopping mall.

Who is Gene Breaking Bad? ›

Saul Goodman
AliasesSaul Goodman Gene Takavic Viktor St. Claire
NicknamesSlippin' Jimmy Charlie Hustle (by Howard)
OccupationAttorney (criminal defense, elder law) Cell phone store manager
FamilyCharles McGill Sr. (father) Ruth McGill (mother) Chuck McGill (brother)
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What is the significance of the Cinnabon scenes in Better Call Saul? ›

The fact that Saul Goodman is spending his time after Breaking Bad managing a the Better Call Saul Cinnabon in Omaha is a direct callback to the final conversation had between Saul and Walter White before they parted ways for good.

Is Gene Takovic pre or post Breaking Bad? ›

Better Call Saul's story is split between two timelines: pre-Breaking Bad and post-Breaking Bad. The latter timeline is Saul's life after he is relocated from Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the end of Breaking Bad. In that future timeline, he's a Cinnabon employee named Gene Takovic living in Omaha, Nebraska.

Was Kim Wexler in Breaking Bad? ›

Kimberly Wexler is a fictional character from the television series Better Call Saul, a spin-off of Breaking Bad. Kim is primarily portrayed by Rhea Seehorn, and was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

What happens to Gene at the end of Better Call Saul? ›

The episode, season, and series ends with Gene Takavic getting caught by the authorities and, under his legal name of Saul Goodman, getting sentenced to prison for the crimes he committed in Breaking Bad.

What is the point of the black and white scenes in Better Call Saul? ›

Director Peter Gould's use of black and white to draw the viewer's eye and aid in the framing of his shots is spectacular. He reminds the viewer of classic black and white films while also underscoring and symbolizing Saul Goodman's journey out of darkness and toward the light.

Why does Jimmy become Gene? ›

He goes from young lawyer Jimmy McGill to the corrupt Saul Goodman and then finally to Gene Takovic, the persona he adopts to avoid the law after the events of Breaking Bad.

Who is the evilest character in Breaking Bad? ›

1 Jack Welker

Jack Welker (Michael Bowen) is the leader of a neo-Nazi gang and the most evil Breaking Bad character. He is a man who is motivated by the moment. He may seem like a man motivated by money, but he is motivated by pride and pleasure.

Who is the saddest Breaking Bad character? ›

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Who is the LGBT character in Breaking Bad? ›

Sexuality. Much of Gus' motives are driven by revenge for the death of his partner Maximino "Max" Arciniega by the Mexican cartel. Gus and Max's relationship was long implied to be more than business before their confirmation as lovers by showrunner Peter Gould in 2022.

Why did Nacho shoot himself in Better Call Saul? ›

Nacho agrees to sacrifice himself and take all the blame for the attempt on Lalo's life. He does this to ensure said father will be protected, something Mike swears to do personally.

Why does the guy wear tin foil in Better Call Saul? ›

Chuck (played by Spinal Tap's Michael McKean) is a recluse on extended leave from his legal firm who lives without electricity and wraps himself in a shiny “space blanket” to ward off the effects of exposure to Saul's mobile phone.

Why did Gene cut the wire? ›

Gene finds Marion as her wheelchair/scooter is stuck in the snow while he's posting "Lost" flyers for his dog, Nippy. Gene's back to his old ways, setting up the snow to stall her long enough for him to make nice with her, then cutting a wire to her chair so that she has to ask him for help.

Why is Wexler not in Breaking Bad? ›

Distraught by Howard Hamlin's murder and her not inconsiderable part in it, Kim quits her job as a lawyer and breaks off her marriage with Jimmy, rightly pointing out the poisonous nature of their partnership. This breakup explains why Kim doesn't appear in Breaking Bad.

Does Saul mention Nacho in Breaking Bad? ›

Though Nacho never appears in Breaking Bad, Saul mentions him when Walter White and Jesse Pinkman kidnap and hold Saul at gunpoint to coerce him into representing Badger, who has been arrested for selling drugs. Believing Walt and Jesse were sent by Lalo he says in a panic, "It wasn't me, it was Ignacio!

Is Gene Takovic the manager? ›

Cinnabon appears in the first episode of every season of Better Call Saul, except for season 6. It is located inside a large Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall. Jimmy McGill, living under the false identity "Gene Takavic" is the store manager, depressed with his situation and longing to unearth his true passion as a lawyer.

Why does Kim cry when Jimmy reads the letter? ›

Through flashbacks, Better Call Saul revealed the Wexler family lived in constant poverty, and Kim's mother was cruel and uncaring. Hearing how deeply Jimmy's brother loved him perhaps struck a nerve that reminded Kim of the family connection she never experienced.

Where is Wexler in Breaking Bad? ›

Despite Kim and Jimmy's unconditional love for each other, Kim left him and Albuquerque after one of their schemes went horribly wrong, causing her to believe that they were bad for everyone around them. She subsequently retired permanently from her law career, and divorced Jimmy later that year.

Does Kim Wexler love Jimmy? ›

They've always loved each other, but love isn't always the answer,” Gould says. “That's the thing that Kim says in Episode 8. [Jimmy] says, 'But I love you.

Why did Saul take 86 years? ›

Saul had a sweet deal to go to prison for seven years. When his day in court came, he decided to be honest and got 86 years to life instead.

Who killed Mike Ehrmantraut? ›

The Breaking Bad fifth season episode "Say My Name", which ends with Walt killing Mike, received critical acclaim, with many critics singling out Jonathan Banks and Bryan Cranston for particular praise.

How did Gene get caught? ›

The episode's present-day story is simple enough: Gene finally gets caught (inside a dumpster, fittingly enough, as Marie Schrader points out). Then Saul cuts himself a ridiculously favorable plea deal by previewing his line of jury-deadlocking BS for a hotshot prosecutor with a perfect case record.

Who is the Cinnabon guy in Better Call Saul? ›

Jimmy McGill adopted many tacky roles in Better Call Saul, but his time as Cinnabon Gene was about more than just tacking icing onto cinnamon buns.

Why is Better Call Saul so colorful? ›

As with Breaking Bad, BCS uses color as an important signifier for the various characters in the show. The color palette used in BCS is categorized like this: “Good” characters wear blues, navy, and greens. “Bad” characters wear reds, oranges, and the colors of the New Mexico desert.

Why does Jimmy wear a pinky ring? ›

Jimmy and Marco were close childhood friends, pulling scams as a dastardly duo. They relived the old days in Better Call Saul season 1, but Marco died shortly after. The deceased's mother then gave Jimmy her son's pinky ring as a token, and the lawyer still wears it during Breaking Bad.

What personality disorder does Jimmy McGill have? ›

Antisocial personality disorder

Sometimes he even exceeds normative morality to the point of altruism (like when he saves the twins' lives from Tuco's revenge in Season 1, how he takes exceptionally good care of his brother Chuck during his illness and how he risks his career to save his assistant Huell from jail).

Are Gene and Jimmy the same person? ›

During the black-and-white scenes that took place after the Breaking Bad timeline, we see Jimmy managing a Cinnabon in Omaha, Nebraska under the alias of Gene Takovic. Like every other Jimmy McGill persona, he's careful and calculating in his delivery and presentation.

Who is Walter White's worst enemy? ›

From the end of season one to the beginning of season two, Walt's greatest adversary was Tuco Salamanca, a power-crazed drug dealer who never tolerated disrespect from his own crew.

Who is the hated character of Breaking Bad? ›

For the majority of Breaking Bad's run, Skyler White was the subject of immense vitriol -- moreso than any other member of its morally gray cast. Fans of Breaking Bad viewed Bryan Cranston's protagonist Walter White as the everyman.

Who was worse Gus or Walter? ›

Walter, while smarter, had some series issues which Fring didn't. Fring was more disciplined. He had a better logical mind than Walter and never let his ego get in the way of winning. He was more methodical in his approach and had a higher level of self control.

What is the most disturbing Breaking Bad scene? ›

The most gruesome and gory scene in the series occurs in episode two when Walt and Jesse have to disolve a dead body. A man walks out of a room with half his face blown off. A severed leg is seen in the background during this briefly.

Which Breaking Bad characters never meet? ›

Skyler and Jane

Interestingly enough, the two most important ladies in Walt and Jesse's life never met each other. Jane is introduced in the second season of Breaking Bad as Jesse's next-door neighbor and eventual love interest.

What is the most liked Breaking Bad episode? ›

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Who is the pretty girl in Breaking Bad? ›

Krysten Ritter is an American actress who played Jane Margolis on Breaking Bad and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

Is Walt Jr Autistic? ›

Walter Hartwell White Jr.

(also known as Flynn) is a fictional character in the crime drama series Breaking Bad. Played by RJ Mitte, Walt Jr. is the son of protagonist Walter White and his wife Skyler. He has cerebral palsy, as manifested in speech difficulties and impaired motor control, for which he uses crutches.

Who are the two assassins in Breaking Bad? ›

Marco and Leonel Salamanca, commonly known as the Cousins, are major antagonists in the TV series Breaking Bad and supporting antagonists in its prequel series Better Call Saul.

Why wouldn t Hector look at Gus? ›

Not looking at Gus is a sign of disrespect. Hector hates Gus but doesn't have a lot of ways of showing it. He's been reduced to a little man in a wheelchair while Gus just keeps growing in power and influence. Since he happily shot Gus' lover, Max, he has to know that Gus revels in his misery.

Was Mike sad about Nacho's death? ›

Mike feels guilty about how Nacho was used, and his atonement for Nacho's death clearly informs his relationship with Jesse in Breaking Bad. It's that guilt that drives Mike to meet with Manuel at his place of business, to inform him of his son's fate.

Who kills Lalo? ›

Lalo is killed by Gus in the season-six episode "Point and Shoot". Gordon Smith said the writers considered having Mike kill Lalo but this idea was discarded to let the "biggest big bads" in the series—Gus and Lalo—confront each other.

What mental illness did Chuck have? ›

One of the subplots of the show follows Chuck's obsessive compulsive order (OCD), a mental illness where people suffer from intrusive thoughts and compulsions.

Is Chuck's Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity real? ›

It's clear in the show that the symptoms are real and debilitating — but it's also clear that they're mostly in Chuck's head. EHS, the show implies, is simply a manifestation of Chuck's mental illness.

Is electromagnetic sensitivity a real thing? ›

EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever its cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual.

What was the point of Nippy episode? ›

"Nippy" is a reference to Gene's supposed lost dog that he used as an excuse to meet Jeff's mother, Marion. This episode takes place entirely in Omaha, Nebraska, the only episode of either Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul to take place entirely outside of Albuquerque, primary setting of both shows.

Why does the Gene turn on and off for? ›

Gene regulation is an important part of normal development. Genes are turned on and off in different patterns during development to make a brain cell look and act different from a liver cell or a muscle cell, for example. Gene regulation also allows cells to react quickly to changes in their environments.

Are the black and white scenes in Better Call Saul after Breaking Bad? ›

While some viewers might associate black and white primarily with classic films and television series, Better Call Saul makes the counterintuitive choice to set its modern day sequences in black and white and the main thrust of its story, taking place prior to the events of Breaking Bad, in color.

Does Better Call Saul show what happens after Breaking Bad? ›

While most of Better Call Saul takes place prior to Breaking Bad, the series does provide glimpses into Saul's post-series life under the assumed identity of Gene Takavic, a Cinnabon manager in Nebraska.

How long after Breaking Bad are the Gene scenes? ›

Gene's timeline is approximately equal two months; Breaking Bad timeline takes exactly two years to complete.

Was El Camino a flop? ›

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie drew 6.5 million viewers in the US on its opening weekend, making it one of Netflix's most successful original films of the year.

What happens to Skyler after Walt dies? ›

Skyler And Marie Might Have Broken Bad Themselves

When her life fell apart and Walt disappeared, Skyler lost her assets and moved in with her kids in a small apartment with a job as a taxi dispatcher.

Did Jesse hate Walt at the end? ›

No. From the moment Walt had him dragged out from under that car in the desert, Jesse never forgave his former partner. From that moment on, Jesse felt nothing but hatred and resentment towards him.

Does Walter White appear in Better Call Saul? ›

The final season of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's Better Call Saul brought about the highly anticipated return of Breaking Bad's iconic, beloved duo, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

How many years does Better Call Saul take place? ›

Better Call Saul follows the transformation of Jimmy McGill, a former con artist who is trying to become a respectable lawyer, into the personality of the flamboyant criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (a play on the phrase "[It]'s all good, man!"), over the six-year period prior to the events of Breaking Bad, spanning from ...

What is the longest episode of Breaking Bad? ›

Ozymandias (Breaking Bad)

How did Marion find out Gene was Saul? ›

In drafting Marion (Carol Burnett) to bail out Jeff, Gene tripped the wrong curiosity wires in that sharp, not-to-be-underestimated Marion. With the help of Ask Jeeves, she realized that he was actually Albuquerque conman Saul Goodman.


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