Vince Gilligan Talks About Life Post-Better Call Saul

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Better Call Saul’s co-creator Vince Gilligan shed light on what’s next from the Breaking Bad universe ahead of the Better Call Saul finale next week. During the interview, he was asked if there’d be more to the story – to which he admitted he could “definitely imagine revisiting it.”

“Selfishly, I’d like to do so, to keep this thing going. But without naming any names, I look around at some of the worlds, the universes, the stories that I love, whether they’re on TV or in the movies.” he continues. However – he goes on to say that “there’s a certain point, and it’s hard to define, where you’ve done too much in the same universe. Just leave it alone.”

Gilligan revealed that his biggest fear in returning to the universe he created – which started with Breaking Bad in 2008, would be “becoming too much of a one-trick pony. Yes, I could do more with this universe.”

Later in the interview, when asked how it felt to reach the end of the story – which includes Breaking Bad and the 2019 film El Camino – after 15 years – Gilligan was surprisingly upbeat. He said, “it hasn’t really hit me.”

“Perhaps it hasn’t hit me yet. I think it’s hit Peter, I think it’s hit the writers and the actors. Maybe it’ll be a delayed reaction.” he adds. He jokingly refers to a scene from the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul – which sees Kim breaking down in tears on a bus after revealing her complicity to Howard’s widow following his death earlier in the season. 

“I hope it won’t be quite as intense and quite as public as what Kim goes through on that rental-car shuttle.” Gilligan remarks.

Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton, and Giancarlo Esposito. The Better Call Saul finale will premiere on Netflix on August 16 – and might we expect another cheeky cameo from a certain crystal meth kingpin?

Matt Bailey

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