There is only one episode left for ‘Better Call Saul’ to come to an end, with the peculiarity that Vince Gilligan, co-creator of the series and also head of ‘Breaking Bad’, was in charge of directing the chapter that we have been able to see this week and will not do so with the next one. That is why he has granted an interview to Rolling Stone in which he affirms that It’s time to leave this universe behind.
“You have to leave it”
Gilligan acknowledges that he does not rule out returning to this world later and that he has selfish reasons for it, but he is also clear that it is a fairly small universe, so the time has come to focus on doing something new:
I can imagine visiting again. Selfishly, I would like to do it, so that this continues. But without naming anyone, I look around and see some of the worlds, the universes, the stories that I like, whether on television or in the movies. And I think there’s a certain point, and it’s hard to define, where you’ve done too much in the same universe. You have to leave it. And some universes are much larger and more elastic. Ours is a very small one, Albuquerque, New Mexico, versus some of these worlds and series of movies and TV shows. What scares me the most is becoming a one trick guy. Yes, I could do more things with this universe. And maybe one day I will, especially if I fail at everything that comes after. Then I’ll crawl back. But right now, whether or not there’s more room to grow – and there probably is – I feel like it’s time to do something new.
It is clear that Gilligan it will be very difficult to offer something new at the height of this universe. In fact, since the premiere of ‘Breaking Bad’ in 2008, he only left it to co-create ‘Battle Creek’, a 2015 series that was quickly canceled and of which only 13 episodes aired.
Among his previous works, several episodes of the already mythical ‘The X Files’ stand out, and he was one of the two authors of the ‘Hancock’ script. I doubt it will happen, but hopefully they will finally make a sequel to the movie starring Will Smith, though I highly doubt Gilligan would be interested in that. For now, he would have nothing again.