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The long-awaited premiere for Better Call Saul Season 4 is nearly here, and, as the release date of 6 August draws closer, Vince Gilligan has finally revealed what sort of things we might be able to expect from AMC's Breaking Bad prequel.
Up until now, the show has focused on con-man turned small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill and his transformation into Saul Goodman, the morally challenged lawyer of Breaking Bad's power-obsessed protagonist Walter White, beginning its story arc in the year 2002.
And while it's has had absolutely no trouble at all standing on its own since its release in 2015, for this latest installment, Better Call Saul is about to mix it up and do something it's never done before.
To our delight, the fourth outing of BCS will be venturing into the Breaking Bad era, set between 2008 and 2010 - even featuring scenes that took place during the original show's timeline.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Gillian said: "We have a subplot that very squarely gets into Breaking Bad territory and brings us into the world - or at least points us on a path toward the world of Walter White and the territory of Walter White. I can't wait for folks to see that."
Gillian didn't add much else, other than that the scenes would at least involve Bob Odenkirk's character as his BB pseudonym of Saul, rather than as Jimmy McGill.
If you remember, Saul first appeared in Breaking Bad in the middle of Season 2, in an episode that went by the same name of his own show, and he was briefly featured throughout BB's five-season run.
We even got a glimpse of Jimmy McGill, when he was heading to Omaha from New Mexico in a bid to turn his life around.
So the producers have got plenty of scenes and iconic moments to explore within the Breaking Bad timeline, all with the potential to be explored further by shooting the scenes again through the eyes of Saul.
"I picture two giant circles moving together, converging into an ever-largening Venn diagram, and that Venn diagram represents the overlap between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul," said Gilligan.
Don't get too excited, though, because this doesn't mean that Walt (Bryan Cranston) will be back on our screens any time soon.
In a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, both Cranston and his co-star Aaron Paul (who played Jesse Pinkman) said they'd be up for reprising their roles as Walt and Jessie, but didn't allude to anything being filmed.
On the other hand, Gilligan did say he trying to figure out a way to include the duo in the series, so let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Season 4 of Better Call Saul will premiere on 6 August on AMC.
Words by Megan Walsh
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