‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5: Bob Odenkirk Reacts to That Gene Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
Better Call Saul: Bob Odenkirk as Gene

Better Call Saul opened its fifth season with the longest scene of Gene Takovic but. Gene is Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk)’s alter ego. After the occasions of Breaking Bad, Gene is working at a Cinnabon in a Nebraska mall in hiding. People hold recognizing him from his Saul Goodman adverts in Albuquerque although. 

Better Call Saul: Bob Odenkirk as Gene
L-R: Don Harvey and Bob Odenkirk | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Normally the Gene scene is simply the teaser for the start of the season, however the Season 5 premiere spent a very good portion of the episode with Gene in black and white. Odenkirk himself reacted to that scene when he spoke with reporters on Jan. 16. Better Call Saul airs Sunday nights at eight p.m. on AMC.

‘Better Call Saul’ is perhaps coming to the tip of Gene’s story

When a cab driver acknowledged Gene as Saul Goodman, not less than that was in non-public between the 2 of them within the automotive. This time, an Albuquerque native confronts Gene in public within the mall. Gene calls Ed (the late Robert Forster) to tug him out of hiding, however then reconsiders.

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Bob Odenkirk | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“Gene’s cracking up,” Odenkirk stated. “I don’t think he can take it. He can’t do it. He can’t keep his mouth shut. He can’t be silent. He can’t be this other person. He can’t do that.”

Bob Odenkirk thinks Gene ‘Better Call Saul’

It’s all the time harmful when somebody acknowledges Gene. Saul had ties to Walter White, so each the legislation and the cartels may very well be in search of him. Odenkirk thinks it’s inevitable that Saul will come ahead.

Bob Odenkirk | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“Oh, I don’t think he can stay in that character,” Odenkirk stated. “I think he’s got to say, ‘I’m Saul Goodman’ to somebody who knew him or to the world. I just wonder, I’m not as great with the specifics of the rules of the universe as Peter and Vince so what would happen if he did come out from hiding?”

It may very well be that sufficient time has handed since Breaking Bad that no one’s making an attempt to name Saul anymore.

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Bob Odenkirk | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

“Would he get arrested? I don’t know. I mean, he was Walter White’s lawyer. He had a lot of bad guys after him. Maybe there’s a sense that those bad guys stopped looking for him. I don’t know. Do they think he still has money from Walter White? So I don’t know what the rules are there.”

Gene reminds Bob Odenkirk of a well-known man in hiding

Saul’s Gene id reminded Odenkirk of political activist Abbie Hoffman. Saul is barely in hiding to guard himself, however go together with him on this.

“He presumed an identity because the FBI was after him and he moved to upstate New York and he led protests regarding the dumping in the rivers. He just did what he did. I think he had a nose job and he grew a beard and stuff, had a different name but he basically started being in the world who he was before he tried to hide. He actually did that for a couple years. He was in the newspaper. They didn’t find him, and then they did or he turned himself in, I don’t know. If you look him up, you’ll see his story. I imagine one of the hardest things to do is to become someone else and have a different name and try to keep anyone from knowing who you were.”

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul roundtable, 1/16/2020

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