‘Better Call Saul’: These Two Scenes Made ‘Bagman’ the ‘Single Hardest Thing’ Vince Gilligan Has Ever Directed

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut an Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman

Since its launch in 2015, Better Call Saul has been nominated for a number of Emmys. Aside from the performing, the present is regarded for its directing and writing. Co-showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, together with screenwriters like Gordon Smith, have created one of the vital compelling reveals on tv. But season 5 introduced some distinctive challenges, significantly for Gilligan and Smith. They agree about two scenes from the season 5 episode “Bagman,” saying they have been probably the most tough to shoot.

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut an Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman
Jonathan Banks and Bob Odenkirk in ‘Better Call Saul’ | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Vince Gilligan says directing ‘Bagman’ was tougher than ‘El Camino’

Many followers regard Gilligan as one of many geniuses behind Breaking Bad. Together with Gould, the 2 have created what may be the right spinoff. Ironically, Gilligan will get the entire credit score for Better Call Saul, however Gould runs the present.

Gilligan returned to the sequence to direct “Bagman.” As one of the vital compelling episodes of the season, there have been two scenes Gilligan needed to get good.

“[‘Bagman’] was the only hardest factor I’ve ever directed in my life — and this was coming off of my first film, El Camino,” Gilligan informed AMC. “I thought that would be the hardest thing ever, and that was certainly the longest thing because it was a movie, but this Episode 508 was as tough a job as I’ve ever had.” There are two scenes particularly that challenged Gilligan.

There’s lots happening in ‘Bagman’ 

In the episode, Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) met up with the Salamanca Cousins within the desert relating to Lalo’s (Tony Dalton) bail. Things gave the impression to be going properly till Jimmy was caught within the crosshairs of a shootout. Fortunately, the unknown assailants have been dealt with by Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). Then, there was just one drawback.

They have been stranded within the desert. 

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With no technique to contact Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and let her know he was OK, Jimmy and Mike trekked by the desert to keep away from working into their attackers once more. When Mike noticed one of many shooters, it was time to cease working and begin preventing.

The shootout and automotive crash in ‘Bagman’ introduced a problem for Vince Gilligan and screenwriter Gordon Smith

During his interview with AMC, Gilligan talked about what made “Bagman” such a difficult episode to direct. 

“The shootout was probably the biggest single set piece scene I’ve ever directed,” he started, persevering with:

So even in 72-degree climate, with loads of Gatorade available and whatnot, inside a soundstage, that will have been a tough scene for me to do. On the absolute best day beneath the absolute best circumstances, that shootout would have been the largest factor I’ve ever finished as a director, and, on high of that, we needed to do it manner out in the midst of nowhere with an ideal many privations arrayed in opposition to us. It was powerful.

Regarding Jimmy’s assailant’s crash, Gilligan mentioned:

You should have an ambulance on web site. You should have guys able to put out fires, actually. I imply, simply the logistics that went into this — and I take no credit score for any of this. Being a director is the perfect job on this planet since you provide you with no matter photographs you wish to get and then you definately draw them out possibly on a chunk of paper and then you definately wander away and have a sandwich. It’s an ideal job. I might extremely advocate it.

During a Q&A on Twitter, a fan requested Smith which scene was the hardest to make a actuality within the “Bagman” episode. Smith agreed with Gilligan — the shootout and the automotive crash have been “difficult and scary.” 

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