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UPDATE: ‘Better Call Saul’ To Be Set in the Year 2002, 6 Years Before ‘Breaking Bad’

UPDATE: 'Better Call Saul' To Be Set in the Year 2002, 6 Years Before 'Breaking Bad'

Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) will be partying like it’s 2003. Make that 2002. Today at the TCAs, AMC announced a number of cast and plot details that we can expect from the upcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul.” 

Set six years before the events of “Breaking Bad” (which is believed to take place over the course of the years 2009 to 2011), “Better Call Saul” will follow Saul’s evolution from Jimmy McGill, the “small-time lawyer searching for his destiny” into the scheming lawyer we know and love by a different name. 

UPDATE: While the “Breaking Bad” time period was never officially established by the show, creator Vince Gilligan confirmed to the TCA crowd that “Better Call Saul” is officially set in 2002. “We have to be a little more specific than we used to,” Gilligan said. “It is indeed a period piece.”

Will it stay in 2002? “We like jumping around in time…” Gilligan said. “I would definitely point you in the direction that anything that’s possible in the world of ‘Breaking Bad’ is possible.”  

“Better Call Saul,” which has already been picked up for 23 episodes over two seasons despite not premiering until early 2015, will co-star Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. The show is being run by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and “Bad” E.P. Peter Gould. 

READ MORE: Indiewire’s TCA Wish List: From “True Detective” Season 2 to ‘Better Call Saul’

Will Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) make an appearance? That’s a possibility, said Gould. But, he added, “We’re trying to make something that stands on its own, and has an entertainment value beyond seeing our old favorites. We try to balance these things out — but I agree, there’s so much to be said about Gus.” 

“We’re still feeling our way through this,” Gilligan added, before taking responsibility for the show’s delay to 2015 because he’s “slow as mud.” 

More details to come as Gilligan and Gould take the stage…

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