Reading Too Much Into ‘Better Call Saul’: This Week’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Callbacks And ‘X-Files’ Connections

04.28.17 2 years ago 4 Comments

Welcome back to our weekly breakdown of the minutia of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Better Call Saul. While Alan Sepinwall provides his always excellent coverage of the series (here’s his write-up of the most recent episode), here we will look at some of the details viewers may have missed, callbacks to Breaking Bad, references to other shows or movies, and theories on the direction the series is heading. We scour Reddit threads, Twitter, listen each week to Kelley Dixon’s Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, and attempt to curate the best intel about each episode.

While this week’s episode, “Sunk Cost,” was short on Breaking Bad callbacks (although there were a couple), there were nevertheless some fascinating and noteworthy details from the episode.

The Teaser

The teaser in this week’s episode is actually a flash-forward to the Breaking Bad years, which might be difficult to discern without the context provided at the end of the episode. The tattered sneakers, the bullet holes in the stop sign, and the weeds in the tire also signify a passage of time. The Los Pollos Hermanos truck passing through basically illustrates that Gus Fring will eventually own that route with the help of MIke Ehrmantraut, as we learn later in the episode.

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