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the low-key genius who made “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” possible

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On September 29, 2013, with the episode titled “Felina” written and directed by Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” said goodbye forever, a series that had started without much noise in March 2009 within the AMC sign and that over time became one of the best in history (it was only in third place behind “The Wire” and “Mad Men” in the survey organized by the prestigious BBC in October 2021 on the 100 best series of this century with a vote from more than 200 specialists from around the world. ).

Although in 2019 Netflix released “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”, a film written and directed by Gilligan himself that closed without enough results some issues that were still pending, the characters of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a professor with Fifty years completed. a one-year-old chemist diagnosed with lung cancer who begins cooking and selling methamphetamine to pay for treatment amid a precarious financial situation, and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), a young student of his who becomes his main partner and assistant , they were already part of television history thanks to that legendary series that combined elements of thriller, family drama and contemporary western aesthetics.

With “Breaking Bad,” Gilligan (now 55 years old) became one of the most famous showrunners (an industry term used to define the creator, general producer, head writer, and sometimes director of a series), although it must be given noticed. that it came from having a luxury teacher: none other than Chris Carter, the person who directed that classic that was “The Secret X Files”. Under his supervision, Gilligan wrote 30 episodes and directed a few between 1995 and 2002. Then, of course, he launched independently and never stopped.

The “Breaking Bad” phenomenon was devastating. Not only was it improving in terms of ratings week after week, year after year, but it later became a cult, reference work, scholarly studies and even books. When a neophyte today wants to enter the league universe, they are less likely to start there.

The next project and Gilligan surprised him when he announced that he would make – with his old collaborator Peter Gould as a partner – “Better Call Saul”, a kind of spinoff and prequel to his great creation, based on the character of James “Jimmy” Morgan . McGill, later known as Saul Goodman, originally a patient criminal lawyer and fellow artist who appeared as a minor character in “Breaking Bad” in a financially fruitful but decidedly shady business relationship with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

Also set in Albuquerque (the capital in the state of New Mexico), but between 2002 (six years before the original series) and 2004, “Better Call Saul” first generated some resentment among Gilligan’s fans, but showed that soon it would be. an entity and flight of his own: McGill/Goodman went from being a caricature and comic relief as he was originally considered for “Breaking Bad” (the original contract only appeared in three episodes) to a character with psychological and attractive nuances numerous. .

The series has improved over time, not only because of the strange and symbiotic relationship established between the protagonist (an excellent performance of a sociopath dominated by resentment and a desire for revenge by Bob Odenkirk) and the lawyer Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), but also because of the subplot that confronts different factions of gangsters and drug traffickers with unusual characters such as Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), former police officer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Lalo and Héctor Salamanca (Tony Dalton and Mark Margolis) ) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), among others. In the aforementioned BBC “Better Call Saul” poll he was ranked 23rd, but his “historical” aspect will surely continue to grow over time.

“Better Call Saul”, which a few days ago closed the first part of its sixth and final season again with a record audience in the United States on AMC and AMC + (in Argentina it is available for streaming on Netflix), is approaching the end. , which in many ways means connecting with the beginning of “Breaking Bad”.

The last episode (13) will be on August 15, but now the specialized media (who handled exclusive information or are in charge of detailing each of the Easter eggs and crossovers between the two series) have revealed that both will also be in a chapter 10 through. performed on July 25.

The truth is that we are waiting to return to the series with the eighth episode, directed by one Vince Gilligan and co-written with Peter Gould, in just over a month (Monday, July 11 in the United States and Tuesday , July 12). on Netflix ) to see how it will continue after the terrible end of the midseason ( midseason ) which we will, of course, avoid teasing so that those who are still a little behind the continuation of the series will have the enjoyment (and the impact) complete.

What will happen to Kim Wexler, a character who has never been seen or mentioned in “Breaking Bad” and how the drug war will be resolved, are some of the many unknown things that will be revealed in the next few weeks and will only be given on the final stitch with a great series like “Better Call Saul” but – as the two show producers say – they will give new meaning to some issues that we thought we knew or understood about “Breaking Bad”.

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