Leap of Faith:
Breaking Bad is a beloved series, which means that Saul is coming out of the gate with a tremendous amount of scrutiny and anticipation, which isn't necessarily the norm for a fledgling show.
"I'm so proud of Breaking Bad, so this is like tightrope walking," Gould said. "If you look down you fall. We made this choice to follow this character because he intrigues us and we didn't feel like we were done with the world. It's daunting, but we have to go for it."
"It's a leap of faith or stupidity," Gilligan added. "It's a challenge, but we're having fun. We're breaking episode 8 out of 10 now. It's like solving a Rubik's Cube...Though having said that I've never solved a Rubik's Cube in my life..."
Essentially, we know where Saul's going to "end up", so part of the puzzle is keeping things engaging and at least to some degree unknown. "There are limitations," Gilligan conceded. "We can't have him lose an arm in episode one..."
"It reminds me of season 5 and the machine gun in the trunk," Gould reflected. "We knew that was the right image, but we had no idea how we were going to get there."
Delaying the Launch:
It created somewhat of a stir in the press when the series premiere for Better Call Saul was pushed back.
"I take full responsibility for that," Gilligan said. "We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud as a TV writer. It was my worry when I joined The X-Files because I'd been a feature film writer. We had a pace on Breaking Bad that was deliciously stately and it was nothing that the network wanted, but we have a way of doing things that is slower than most TV shows and we think that pays dividends. When people said that Breaking Bad felt tightly woven, the largest factor for that being the case is that thanks to Sony we had the time to see things through. We could have made the premiere date [for Saul], but we didn't know that the story would work through Season 2 if we did that. We only know the one way to do it and that's the reason Breaking Bad's final season was broken up into two. We didn't elongate artificially, it was just the time that we needed."
Better Call Saul will premiere in early 2015 and is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire) with Breaking Bad alums Thomas Schnauz and Stewart A. Lyons as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.
As previously announced, Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes. The debut season will consist of 10 episodes.
Roth Cornet is an Entertainment Editor for IGN. You can follow her on Twitter at @RothCornet and IGN at Roth-IGN.