[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 in all 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 features of the ultimate episode, “Saul Gone.”
Under, Gould, Odenkirk, and Seehorn reply perhaps not all, however a minimum of a number of of the most important questions from the top 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 induced issues with one other Breaking Dangerous property).
The Workforce 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 shade, 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 artistic alternative would imply. “We had been somewhat scared about having a lot of the present in black and white,” Gould stated. “So for a very long time, there was the the concept of stepping into Gene’s timeline after which switching into shade.”
Nevertheless, continued Gould, “that actually felt fallacious, as a result of it’s somewhat like Wizard of Oz, to go from black and white to paint. I feel that will have perhaps gave the fallacious really feel to these scenes. So we took the plunge and stated, it’s all gonna be black and white. And what, we didn’t get a single little bit of pushback from the studio or the community, which I feel could 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 like black and white.”
Have been the Remaining Scenes Troublesome to Shoot?
“It was the best scene we ever shot,” Odenkirk laughed whereas requested concerning the closing scenes, during which Jimmy and Kim reconnect, and he wasn’t precisely joking. “It’s actually simply numerous emotions from six years of working collectively and enjoying these folks, and it’s one of many few occasions that one in all them isn’t type of attempting to govern the second… This was deeper than that.”
So, Odenkirk stated, “However I do assume 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 feel that was the best 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 have to be making. They may 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 numerous actual circumstances the place the Venn diagram of what you’re alleged to be enjoying overlapped.” And he or she agreed with Odenkirk that “they’re with out artifice and with out armor and type of maskless to one another, which is the perfect a part of their relationship — that they had 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 giggle somewhat bit, by some means letting her realize 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 stated and much more catching up and it simply stored getting leaner and leaner as I labored on it as a result of in a bizarre approach, they don’t must say that a lot to one another. They’ve come to a conclusion. And so it was, it was taking pictures. It was extremely transferring.”
There was one robust ingredient to the sequence, although, in response to Gould: “The cigarettes had been an actual issue, as a result of each Bob and Rhea had been coughing and my eyes had been operating — I had cigarette smoke down my throat for a few days afterwards. It seems to be so cool. Nevertheless it’s actually not good for you. So thanks, Bob and Rhea for for being keen to smoke.”