Better Call Saul lead Bob Odenkirk discussed which major Breaking Bad crossover character was his favorite.
Created by Vince Gilligan, Better Call Saul follows Jimmy McGill’s transformation from con man into lawyer. Audiences first met McGill as lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. Because Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad, a few characters were bound to crossover.
According to Odenkirk, one cameo stood out above the rest. Robert Forster played Ed Galbraith on both shows. In Breaking Bad, he helps Goodman and Walter White escape. On Better Call Saul, he and McGill share a phone call at the beginning of season five.
“He was one of the greatest people I’ve ever met in show business,” Odenkirk told Variety. “An incredibly sweet person who genuinely loved show business and loved acting and was so thankful and happy every day on the set.”
Unfortunately, Forster passed away in 2019. However, Odenkirk appreciates their time working together, even though they filmed their interactions on Better Call Saul separately.
Now as Better Call Saul enters its last season, fans wonder what Breaking Bad surprises are in store for audiences.
Better Call Saul Revisits Breaking Bad
Though he was tight-lipped about how season six unfolds, Odenkirk confirmed lingering connections between Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. Writer Peter Gould told the actor that season six will allow fans to “see Breaking Bad and the story of Breaking Bad in a different way.”
“It will be different from what you think you know,” Odenkirk told Esquire. “I always considered Saul a bit of an ancillary character in Breaking Bad. So I’m surprised to hear that. But I would never underestimate Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s ability to twist a character or a story point to mean something entirely different.”
Additionally, Odenkirk revealed his favorite part of playing Jimmy McGill: “the way Jimmy learns about himself and exhibits this sense of self-awareness.” The actor found it easier to play the role the more jaded he became. Odenkirk feels that this self-awareness is key in his evolution into Saul Goodman. His decisions as a result allow him to become “ethically unmoored.”
“If you dig deep down Jimmy McGill is a good guy,” the actor explained. “But, like Walter White, he does have an ego and his ego is hungry for respect and appreciation in a way that I don’t think the world ever really can satisfy in a person, except in incremental moments. And I think it’s a foolish thing to pursue. And I would love to see him have that realization. I don’t think he will.”
How does Better Call Saul factor into the bigger picture of Better Call Saul? Find out when the hit series returns to AMC in 2022.