Between the original series, sequel film El Camino and You better call Saulthe Breaking Bad universe encompasses approximately 127 hours of television. That’s pretty much the limit of how long you can spend in that world, according to Vince Gilligan.
“One hundred twenty-seven hours makes sense to me because that’s how long it took that poor bastard to decide to cut his arm,” Gilligan told reporters on Wednesday, citing mountaineer Aron Ralston’s story and the 2011 film based on his ordeal. In other words, he and co-creator Peter Gould don’t want to test their viewers’ patience by putting things together.
“It’s a lot to ask of an audience,” Gould said during… You better call Saul’s final session with the Television Critics Association. “I couldn’t be happier and prouder at work, but I have some other things I want to try. I love the cast, I love Albuquerque, I love the whole group, so it would be great to keep the band together as much as possible.”
Gilligan also said he has no plans to revisit the world he made with Breaking Bad. “You have to know when to leave the party,” he said. “You don’t want to be the man with the lampshade on his head. …I know I was asked the same thing at the end of Breaking Bad and I gave the same answer, but I have to prove to myself that I am not a one-trick pony.”
Stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn also said they would likely seek different types of roles after Saul, but would love to continue working together. “My brain is moving more toward how I can find a way to work with these people again,” Seehorn said. “I know Bob and I plan on working together again — I’m just going to have him write stuff for me.”
The Saul team, of course, hasn’t given any details about the series finale, which will air on August 15. Gould wrote and directed the final episode, and Gilligan said he’d love to get it in front of an audience.
“It’s a delight,” Gilligan said of the latest episode. “How concerned are we? I’m not nearly as much as I was with Breaking Bad. Maybe I’m getting older, but I have other things to worry about. But I can’t wait to see how people react.”
Odenkirk added that he’s not worried, “and I haven’t been since I read it because” [Gould] and the writers found a way to live up to the heart of the show.” He admitted he was a little worried at first because Breaking Bad “was such a monster show. I was concerned it was throwing the wrong dimension into our show when we found our feet, but I don’t think it happened. And I think the ending gets right to the heart of what this show is. ”