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The only thing that could cushion the blow of the upcoming "Breaking Bad" series finale: a spinoff series starring Bob Odenkirk's character, attorney Saul Goodman, an idea that will be getting more and more of "Breaking Bad" series creator Vince Gilligan's attention as the postproduction work on the final eight episodes of "Bad" winds down.
"It's very much [a possibility]," Gilligan tells Yahoo! TV. "I mean, nothing [is] signed on the dotted line. Nothing's written in stone, but we are working away on it. My writer and producer, Peter Gould, who created the character of Saul way back in Season 2, he and I have been talking, trying to figure out what a Saul Goodman show would look like. What would be the details of it, the particulars of it? And we're getting together to hash that out every chance we get.
"It's still in its very early days. [We're] trying to figure out, for instance, whether it's a prequel or a sequel. We're trying to figure out what kind of story we want to tell as it relates to Saul. But any story that at some point or another showed Saul at his peak, his abilities and his networking skills, would, I think, show the criminal underbelly of a fictional Albuquerque that really had Saul Goodman wired into pretty much the heart of it," continues Gilligan, who's currently editing the last four episodes of "Breaking Bad." "This is a guy who kind of knows everybody … everybody in town, all the major players. And he has a hand in the business every which way he can. So we just have to figure out exactly what kind of story we're telling. Is it a story about his creation of his own character? Because Saul Goodman, as he explains in his first episode [of "BB"], is not his real name. He is a self-created character, much like Heisenberg. Do we tell the story of his origins? We're still trying to hash that out. But there are a lot of fun possibilities."
"Breaking Bad" fans have no doubt marked August 11 on their calendars — that's when the final eight episodes of the series begin airing on AMC — but viewers looking for new action with Saul, Jesse (Aaron Paul), Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), and Jesse's new dancer friend only have to wait until next week, when a new eight-minute, uncensored scene debuts on the "Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season" DVD and Blu-ray boxed set (Sony).
And the new video is no mere bonus material/DVD and Blu-ray boxed set filler: As teased in the Yahoo! TV exclusive clip above, the "Breaking Bad" writers created a new scene that fits into the action of "Gliding All Over," and which provides a pivotal bit of backstory on the relationship between Jesse and drug-making/dealing mastermind Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
In "Gliding All Over," the midseason finale that aired last September, Walt and Jesse had a tense meet-up at Jesse's home, and it was clear Mr. Pinkman had become deathly afraid of his former partner and high school chemistry teacher.
Without spoiling any of the fun of watching the entire new scene unfold on the Blu-ray/DVD, we'll just say that the clip reveals Jesse got fresh info that spooked him when Saul interrupted his private celebration with Skinny Pete and a bottle of Cristal.
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The bonus scene, called "Chicks 'N' Guns," was created especially for the June 4 Blu-ray/DVD release, which includes the first eight episodes of Season 5, as well as cast and crew commentaries on every episode, deleted scenes, outtakes, "Inside Breaking Bad" Web episodes, and featurettes on Season 5's train heist scene and Jonathan Banks's Mike Ehrmantraut.
"All credit goes to [my writers' assistants] Gordon Smith and Jenn Carroll for coming up with the story," Gilligan says. "And our producers came up with a really smart way to shoot it. It was our first day of production, before we even started shooting the first day of the final eight episodes. This was [done] using our actual motion-picture cameras. We still shoot on film. We're one of the very few shows left that still shoots on film, I'm sad to report, but we shot it on 35 mm negative, and we shot it with our A camera crew and our B camera crew; and Michelle MacLaren, our wonderful producer and director, directed it. That's why the scene looks so good."
Could this be the beginning of an additional "Breaking Bad" world, a collection of scenes created as add-ins to existing episodes, fleshing out storylines and characters even further? Could there someday be a whole Blu-ray/DVD boxed set of new scenes for existing episodes, or is that just wishful thinking on the part of fans who still mourn the loss, spectacular though it was, of Gustavo Fring?
"You know, that's a great idea. I love [the] wishful thinking," Gilligan laughs. "I'd love to see that happen. But there are certain economic realities, and making a series of additional scenes economically feasible to shoot would probably be tricky. I'm definitely not a business guy, but I can imagine there would be some pitfalls inherent in that. … Because of how much money it would cost to reassemble a crew, I've got to think that scenes like this are unfortunately going to be a little few and far between. But I definitely would love to revisit the 'Breaking Bad' universe [after the series ends]."
So if new scenes for "Breaking Bad" episodes isn't the way to make that happen, there's only one thing Gilligan and company can do: Better call Saul.
"Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray June 4.