‘Better Call Saul’: ‘Bagman’ Was Filmed within the Same Desert Where Walt and Jesse First Cook in ‘Breaking Bad,’ Vince Gilligan Reveals

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jimmy and Mike

As Better Call Saul races nearer to the tip of its run
and nearer to the start of the Breaking Bad timeline, sure
components are popping up that remind followers where
this story is heading
. There are character cameos and subtle
references
in every episode that eagle-eyed followers are fast to level
out.

Episode 8, “Bagman,” included one other acquainted face, solely
this time he was behind
the camera
. Showrunner Vince Gilligan returned to direct the episode and followers
couldn’t assist however discover that the general vibe was very harking back to Breaking
Bad
. And there’s a cause it had such a well-recognized feeling — the setting was
straight out of the unique sequence.

[Spoiler Alert: Spoilers forward for Better Call Saul,
Season 5, Episode 8]

Jimmy and Mike
Jimmy and Mike within the desert | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

The Cousins meet with Jimmy in a really important location

Gilligan sat down with AMC to debate creating the episode that followers can’t cease speaking about. As he revealed in the course of the interview, the desert setting appears to be like so acquainted to Breaking Bad devotees as a result of it’s the identical place the place Walter White and Jesse Pinkman take their RV for his or her first prepare dinner.

Gilligan discussed the scene when the previous and future collide with Jimmy assembly the Cousins for the bail cash change.

“It was so much fun seeing those two worlds collide,” Gilligan stated. “Most of the episode occurred method out within the boonies, method out on the To’hajiilee Indian reservation, which is so very lovely. And it needs to be famous that To’hajiilee, the place we shot the majority of the episode, is the place Walter White and Jesse Pinkman first prepare dinner meth within the pilot episode of Breaking Bad so it was like outdated residence week going on the market.”

Mike and Jimmy forge an vital bond within the desert, too

“Bagman” isn’t simply foreshadowing for what’s to return in Breaking Bad — it’s additionally laying the groundwork for relationships within the sequence, just like the one between Mike and Jimmy/Saul.

These two know one another from the times of Mike working as a parking attendant on the courthouse, however their bond turns into a lot deeper when Mike saves Jimmy’s life from the thriller thieves. Then Mike and Jimmy must trek throughout the desert collectively for higher or worse.

Gilligan stated, “When Mike exhibits up, I believe it’s in fact a
enormous aid to Jimmy, though he’s so completely in shock and so traumatized at
the purpose that Mike makes his presence identified. I don’t even know if Jimmy is aware of
what planet he’s on at that exact second.”

Jimmy figures out how a lot he wants Mike

Jimmy and Mike | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

He continues, stressing the gravity of change between Jimmy
earlier than the shootout and after. “I believe the discharge in all probability floods in later,
however at that second it’s simply trauma, shock and horror at what he’s simply
witnessed and lived by. But, yeah, you don’t need to be on Mike’s unhealthy
aspect, and, for those who occur to be on the identical aspect as Mike, what larger aid
than when that man exhibits up, as a result of he’s the one man that might have pulled
off that save.”

Ultimately, Mike saves Jimmy’s life twice — as soon as proper earlier than he will get shot, after which later as they stroll by the desert and he shares his provides, together with a tiny little bit of treasured water and making the suggestion that Jimmy shouldn’t waste his urine. This episode proves that Jimmy wants Mike round — and sure he’ll much more sooner or later.

Catch new episodes of Better Call Saul on Mondays at
9 p.m. on AMC.

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