After 13 years, 106 episodes, two separate series and three discreet identities, seedy lawyer Saul Goodman will finally step down Tuesday Better call Saul comes to an end, its universe finally and inevitably collides with that of the show that spawned it, breaking Bad.
“I don’t think it used to be like that, but all of a sudden there’s a lot of pressure with a finale,” says Peter Gould, the man who created the character of Goodman and with whom he helped create the spin-off series breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan. “And believe me, I feel it.”
Gould won’t give details, but he’s confident the finale, which airs Tuesday, will be a “very satisfying” story ending and “particularly appropriate” for a show that sees its main character go from being a small-time con-man to being an actor a legitimate lawyer from a friend of the Mexican drug cartel to a donut baker in hiding before finally being lured back into a life of crime.
“We in our world are very happy with that,” he says. “But that’s no guarantee of how the outside world will see it.”
Gould first introduced Goodman, brilliantly played by Bob Odenkirk, towards the end of the second season of breaking Bad. But the fast-talking lawyer was still a long way from being a fully realized character at this point.
“I was intrigued by this guy and wanted to see him again,” he says, “but I was worried, and I think some other people were worried that we were going to interrupt the show because he was going to be too silly or too out there.” “
Gould admits that part of his motivation for letting Saul hang around was selfish. “You get a character pay when they respawn, which is always good. But more than that, there’s an emotional stake you have in their existence and I felt a strong connection to Saul.”
At first he was more of a clown character, with his rapid-fire babble, loud suits and brightly colored shirts, his office with its styrofoam pillars, and the American Constitution painted on the wall behind his desk. And Odenkirk, with his background as a comedy writer and stand-up writer, approached it that way.
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/never-close-the-door-better-call-saul-s-creator-on-life-after-the-show-s-finale-20220815-p5b9wt.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_culture “I would never close the door all the way,” says Saul Goodman creator Peter Gould