What better way to prep for the long-awaited Better Call Saul than to reminisce with our old meth-making pal Walter White? On Wednesday, AMC announced a Breaking Bad marathon starting August 10th and running until October 5th, with episodes airing every Sunday night from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST.
This binge-worthy schedule is a perfect opportunity for newcomers to catch up on the series, but as The Hollywood Reporter notes, the marathon will also offer some quality extras for hardcore fans – including never-before-aired interviews with the show’s crew and cast, along with behind-the-scenes commentary and footage. While Better Call Saul was recently delayed until early 2015, the spinoff – which is currently filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico – has already been renewed for a second season, expected to air in 2016.
Ever since Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan announced plans for the new series, he’s been teasing the possibility that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) could appear on Saul – at least in cameo form – since the show was originally planned as a prequel to the events on Bad. Earlier this week, co-showrunner Peter Gould told the New York Daily News that the upcoming series (which focuses on the life and crimes of criminal lawyer Saul Goodman) will flash back and forth over the course of several decades, allowing more chances to bring back Bad characters.
“One of the great things about having a timeline which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad, and after Breaking Bad,” he said. “That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad.”
But Gould also adds that he and co-showrunner Gilligan “want to make a show that stands on its own, is its own story and is a brand extension.”
“We could never dream of the kind of success that Breaking Bad had and the love we got from the fans. But [with Saul], at a certain point, you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it.”