[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the series finale of Better Call Saul, “Saul Gone.”]
There’s a lot to be requested, when one among tv’s nice achievements involves an finish. So the morning after the Higher Name Saul sequence finale aired, co-creator Peter Gould and stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn very generously spoke with reporters through Zoom for a press convention that explored so many facets of the ultimate episode, “Saul Gone.”
Beneath, Gould, Odenkirk, and Seehorn reply perhaps not all, however no less than a number of of the most important questions from the tip of the season, from the selection to proceed filming in black and white, what was minimize from the finale, and when the concept to have Jimmy find yourself in jail first got here up (and why that just about triggered issues with one other Breaking Unhealthy property).
The Crew By no means Acquired Any Pushback Over Going Black and White
From the start of Higher Name Saul, Jimmy/Saul/Gene’s post-Albuquerque life was filmed with out coloration, however for the majority of the present’s run this simply meant a number of scenes a season — it wasn’t till the ultimate stretch of episodes that the producers realized what adhering to that inventive alternative would imply. “We have been just a little scared about having a lot of the present in black and white,” Gould mentioned. “So for a very long time, there was the the concept of moving into Gene’s timeline after which switching into coloration.”
Nevertheless, continued Gould, “that basically felt flawed, as a result of it’s just a little like Wizard of Oz, to go from black and white to paint. I believe that might have perhaps gave the flawed really feel to these scenes. So we took the plunge and mentioned, it’s all gonna be black and white. And you understand what, we didn’t get a single little bit of pushback from the studio or the community, which I believe may be very spectacular, that they allowed us to take action a lot of the present in black and white. Hopefully, the viewers went together with it. I really like black and white.”
Have been the Remaining Scenes Troublesome to Shoot?
“It was the simplest scene we ever shot,” Odenkirk laughed whereas requested concerning the remaining scenes, wherein Jimmy and Kim reconnect, and he wasn’t precisely joking. “It’s actually simply a whole lot of emotions from six years of working collectively and enjoying these individuals, and it’s one of many few occasions that one among them isn’t form of attempting to control the second… This was deeper than that.”
So, Odenkirk mentioned, “However I do suppose these are two individuals who belong collectively, who’re snug with one another in a deep approach, which is a superb factor for a long run relationship. I believe that was the simplest scene to play since you might simply let go of all of the manipulation and wanting one thing to be completely different or arguments that they may must be making. They might simply exist subsequent to one another — one thing they very a lot love to do.”
Stated Seehorn, “It was the final scene we shot, the final scene we shot of the sequence and there’s a whole lot of actual circumstances the place the Venn diagram of what you’re imagined to be enjoying overlapped.” And he or she agreed with Odenkirk that “they’re with out artifice and with out armor and form of maskless to one another, which is the very best a part of their relationship — that they have been in a position to be that for one another.”
Seehorn praised how “completely written” the scene was, saying that “He tries to make her snicker just a little bit, in some way letting her comprehend it’s okay, as a result of he can see that she’s scared for him. It’s such an financial scene — Peter’s so nice at not overwriting it and trusting us and trusting the viewers.”
Gould confirmed that “I had paired that scene down. There have been variations of that scene that I had written the place there was much more mentioned and much more catching up and it simply saved getting leaner and leaner as I labored on it as a result of in a bizarre approach, they don’t need to say that a lot to one another. They’ve come to a conclusion. And so it was, it was capturing. It was extremely transferring.”
There was one robust ingredient to the sequence, although, in keeping with Gould: “The cigarettes have been an actual issue, as a result of each Bob and Rhea have been coughing and my eyes have been working — I had cigarette smoke down my throat for a few days afterwards. It seems so cool. Nevertheless it’s actually not good for you. So thanks, Bob and Rhea for for being prepared to smoke.”