‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Breaking Bad’: When Will the AMC Shows Overlap?

Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad fans want to know when (or if) the two hit shows will overlap. Viewers know that Better Call Saul character Jimmy McGill transforms into slimy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. But the when and how are of much debate among serious BCS and BB fans.

What Time Periods did Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad Take Place?

The official era Breaking Bad took place was never revealed. But simple math tells us the Breaking Bad storyline begins in 2008 because Walter White was born September 7, 1958, and the pilot opens on his 50th birthday.

There were some occasional slipups where the writers got the time frame wrong.  For instance, on Breaking Bad, Uncle Jack talked to Walt about the killing of Bin Laden. In real life, Bin Laden’s death took place in 2011 – two years after Walter White’s death.

Better Call Saul takes place in 2002, according to the producers.  BCS production went to great lengths to use only cars and technology from that period.  As hard as the show tried to stay true to that time, many fans spotted things like headphone brands that didn’t exist then.

The last episode of Better Call Saul is set around May 2003. This means we are still five years away from the two shows officially overlapping.

Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad Crossover Characters

Many characters from Breaking Bad already appeared on Better Call Saul. Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) are the most notable.

There have also been characters from Walter White’s life make appearances. People like Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser), Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz), and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) were featured.

Last week, we saw the introduction of Gale Boetticher (David Costabile). He was a major character on Breaking Bad and the catalyst that led to the demise of Walter White.

As the two shows begin to close in on each other, we are sure to see more characters and Easter eggs from Breaking Bad emerge.

What Better Call Saul fans are waiting for…

The Pink Teddy Bear comeback!

We can expect to see the pink teddy bear that wound up in Walter White’s pool from the plane crash return. The pink stuffed animal with the missing eye was very prominent in many Breaking Bad scenes.

The pink teddy bear was seen in a mural painted by Jane Margolis (Krysten Ritter), Jesse Pinkman’s girlfriend. The same type bear was also for sale in a store when Walter faked his naked nervous breakdown. And the bear was sprinkled into the show countless other times in the background.

The symbolism of the pink bear was never revealed on the show. Will the teddy bear be seen on Better Call Saul carried by the daughter or niece of a major character?  If so, it might be foreshadowing that that character dies in the future plane crash.

Hank Schrader – Will he appear on Better Call Saul?

Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) was a fan favorite in Breaking Bad as Walt’s brother-in-law. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him appear in Better Call Saul. Hank works in the Albuquerque division of the DEA.  It would be no coincidence that he could be working on case files involving Gus’s cartel. After all Hector Salamanca, Tuco’s uncle, are known criminals and drug dealers.

The Return of Ed, the Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

In Breaking Bad, Ed (Robert Forster) was the man that could give people new identities and make them disappear forever into a new life. With so many people on Better Call Saul that are not on Breaking Bad, we can expect to see Ed show up to make one of the characters disappear.

Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad – When Will the AMC Shows Overlap?

Don’t expect to see Bryan Cranston making a cameo appearance as Walter White anytime soon. Show creator Vince Gilligan said that coincidences will only happen on the show if they are to the detriment of a character.

At this point in the timeline, there is nothing the high school chemistry teacher would have done to cause harm to a character. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul avoid coincidences. Instead, they skillfully rely on chain-of-event sequences where a small bad decision leads to horrendous results.

The most we could hope for is for AMC to make a “time jump” and advance the show by several years like they are about to do in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead. Short of that, the show might do a flash forward to show a scene taking place in the Walter White universe.

Until then, we have several more years to wait for the two shows to meet. Don’t hold your breath. Watch AMC tonight for the latest Better Call Saul and check back with Soap Dirt often for more TV show spoilers.