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09th Oct 2023

Breaking Bad creator divulges details on huge new show

Rory Cashin

Vince Gilligan

The new show will be a reunion with one of the stars of Better Call Saul.

It is very rare for any Hollywood writer to be responsible for the creation of one of the best TV shows ever made. It is next-to-impossible for a writer to be behind TWO of the best shows ever made. But that is exactly the case with Vince Gilligan, the guy behind both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Gilligan’s CV before these two shows seems a bit random, starting off as a writer and director for some of the best episodes of The X-Files (including the episode “Drive”, starring Bryan Cranston!), as well as being a co-writer on Will Smith’s cranky superhero movie Hancock.

With the final episode of Better Call Saul airing in August 2022, all eyes have been on the writer/director to see what he’d be doing next, and from his own description, it sounds like he’ll be returning to The X-Files genre of TV. In his chat with Variety, Gilligan announced the following:

“I wouldn’t call this heavy science fiction, I would call it mild science fiction. But it does have a sci-fi element to it, at its core. And there’s no crime, and no methamphetamine. It’s going to be fun and different. I have no prediction as to how folks will react to it — whether they’ll love it or hate it, or somewhere in the vast in-between.

“But I know it’s a story that interests me, and Rhea [Seehorn] will be playing a very different character than she played on Saul. The weird thing is that it takes place in Albuquerque, except it’s a whole different world. There’s no overlap that I can see. She’s playing a character who is not Kim Wexler, but hopefully people will roll with that. I’m nervous. It’ll be interesting to see how folks react to it.”

When pressed further on any specific plot details on the as-yet-unnamed show, Gilligan revealed:

“The world changes very abruptly in the first episode, and then it is quite different. It’s the modern world – the world we live in – but it changes very abruptly. And the consequences that that reaps hopefully provide drama for many, many episodes after that.”

When we’ll actually get to see the show is yet to be disclosed, as the writer’s room for the production is only now gearing back up post-writer’s strike. But fingers crossed we get to see it sooner rather than later!

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