Season two of Better Call Saul just premiered on Monday. Recently, writer and director Thomas Schnauz spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about season two of the AMC series and how the show integrates elements from Breaking Bad.
Schnauz wrote and directed the season two premiere of Better Call Saul, titled “Switch.”
In the interview, Schnauz said that much of season two will deal with Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and his relationship with Kim (Rhea Seehorn):
When we started season two, I think a lot of the audience, and even the writers included, when we ended season one we thought, “OK, here comes Saul Goodman,” but the more we talked about it, we realized that Jimmy McGill has people that he cares about, one being his brother, even though his brother betrayed him and that was part of the reason he wasn’t going full Slippin’ Jimmy in the prior season. But as he moves forward, he cares a lot about Kim. There’s a love story happening here. He’s wearing Marco’s ring and he wants to go off and be that guy, but he realizes that if he wants this person he cares about in his life, he can’t really do that right now. So he has to keep being Jimmy McGill, the lawyer, for her.”
Schnauz also discussed the big Breaking Bad cameo (the appearance of Ken from the series’ first season) in the premiere episode:
Along with our idea board that starts our season, we have another board that is just every character fromBreaking Bad that existed and we could possibly have back in the world of Better Call Saul, and as we were talking about Jimmy and Kim doing this scam, we were like, “Well, the guy has to be a real douchebag. We need to be rooting for Jimmy and Kim.” It’s more fun to see them take down somebody deserving of being taken down, rather than just some poor schmuck, and as we were talking about this douchebag, the board is there and we were like, “Well, what about KEN WINS? He is the perfect douchebag.” People don’t have to recognize him from Breaking Bad. It’s a fun thing if they do and it certainly helps the storytelling. He’s such a fun actor and he was so great.”
Schnauz added that the small Breaking Bad Easter eggs make the show richer:
I love that we can do that. That’s what’s so fun about this show is we can put small things in. There’s graffiti on the wall in the dumpster room about a restaurant called Whiskerstays, which was one of Madrigal’s entities. We put little things in, but then there’s the bigger things in like KEN WINS that we get to do. We get to bring back Tuco, of course, which was a big reveal at the end of the first season. It’s great to have these fan favorites that we can bring back, but I think that’s the key thing, is that we want these stories to work for people who have never seen Breaking Bad. We don’t want people to watch the show and be lost. You don’t have to have watched Breaking Bad to know what’s on, but if you did, it just makes it that much richer.”
What do you think? Did you watch the season two premiere of Better Call Saul? Which Breaking Bad character would you like to see appear?