I'm one of those people who has a Breaking Bad box set they've not yet got around to watching... although I intend to soon.

Somehow, I've managed to avoid all Breaking Bad spoilers beyond "the main guy is diagnosed with cancer", "it involves crystal meth" and "it isn't an incredibly dark origin story for the dad from Malcolm in the Middle" (so no spoilers in comments or answers please, thanks! Posting using a dummy account so no pre-moderation spoilers appear in my notifications...).

Should I avoid watching Better Call Saul until I've watched all of Breaking Bad? Or avoid specific episodes, or avoid certain episodes until seeing certain Breaking Bad episodes?

I know they take place in the same world and share characters and locations, I believe the plots are largely unrelated, but I don't know if there are any Better Call Saul scenes that reference, mention or give away key Breaking Bad plot twists.

  • Seeing that Better Call Saul is supposed to be set before Breaking Bad, it seems rather unlikely. But I admittedly haven't seen it yet and neither do I know if later seasons might not venture forward to a time that crosses over with Breaking Bad (if anyone does).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jul 26 '15 at 0:41
  • Yes, it is a prequel
    – nelomad
    Aug 16 '16 at 2:15

[Since you asked for no spoilers, I'll try to avoid specifics as much as possible.]

I've watched season 1. So far, there aren't any significant Breaking Bad spoilers. Better Call Saul is a prequel, so it's really the other way around: Breaking Bad contains BCS spoilers, so to speak. Mostly, BCS might contain foreshadowing that demonstrates how certain characters got to be what they are on BB, but I didn't see anything major that might spoil the fun.

BCS revolves around Saul Goodman who was a minor (though somewhat important) BB character and precedes the events of BB by a few years. A couple of characters from BB appear, but mostly, BCS contains all new characters. Its main focus (so far) is law and legal ethics, as opposed to BB.

The only exception I can think of is the very first scene of BCS which takes place after Breaking Bad and shows a certain character that survived that show and what has become of it. I don't know your spoiler threshold, but personally, I don't think this character's fate is a major Breaking Bad spoiler.

[That said, I doubt this would be the last flash-forward we see on BCS. Though the first BCS season contained little to none, BB spoilers might be unavoidable in future BCS seasons.]

  • As the BCS series draws closer to the BB timeline, it may start to merge with it. Then it’ll be difficult to avoid spoilers, like you said. I’ve managed to get to S3, but no further. I’d like to get back to it. I thought BB was awesome! May 8 '20 at 14:53

In Better Call Saul, we get a chance to watch how Tuco started his career. His intro in Breaking Bad is simply a drug lord who has lot of connections. But we never knew about how he started his drug distribution empire. And for those who watched Breaking Bad,

we know Tuco will die and who isn't glad enough to see him back.

But speaking about spoiling, actually for those who have watched Breaking, it's Breaking Bad that spoils Better Call Saul. I don't mean Better Call Saul is bad for those who watched Breaking Bad but actually it is more interesting if you haven't watched Breaking Bad. If you watch Better Call Saul and then watch Breaking Bad, then definitely Breaking Bad will be breaking new grounds. The reason why I say this is because some characters we see in Better Call Saul will then be seen again.

We know Tuco will be dead and how he dies in Breaking Bad. For those who didn't watch Breaking Bad they are lucky to see how the character develops into a powerful one (Tuco). The same goes for Mike Ehrmantraut.

So in Better Call Saul they would see those powerful characters develop and they won't be seeing them for like one or two seasons in Breaking Bad. But when they see them back in Breaking Bad as an even powerful role, now that is excitingly awesome. You never know what is going to happen next.

They kept us on the nerve with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Now for persons who watch Better Call Saul and then watch Breaking Bad -- that's where you get the advantage. You never know what is going to happen to all those characters. It actually improves the plot for the viewer. So for those who didn't watch Breaking Bad, now I feel jealous of you guys.

But that doesn't mean those who did not watch Breaking Bad are lucky, they do miss a lot of exciting scenes in Better call Saul. The reason is: We know who Gus Fring is but got no idea why Gus Fring lives such a normal life though he has a lot of money. Why doesn't he have a family.

Maybe because his friend was shot dead right in front of him by Don Eladio but but even after becoming so rich and having such high security why doesn't he have a family.

There is an ocean of thriller that can be created by Gus's past life history and only those who watched Breaking Bad will be excited to see this because how on earth will they know who Gus Fring is when they start to watch Better Call Saul first. How Saul had come in contact with Gus and Ed. Again a huge opportunity to make it more interesting for those who watched Breaking Bad. We never knew how Mike met Gus (though we now know how Saul met Mike).

And who wouldn't want to see Walter White and Jesse Pinkman doing a guest role in Better Call Saul. Though there is no conformation of them doing a guest role but just imagine a moment where suddenly Walter White appears in a supermarket and passes by Saul but they both won't notice. The new watchers won't understand this but watching Walter White just for a moment in Better Call Saul can shoot up the TRP rating for Better Call Saul to record heights.

So speaking, the creators have made it in such a way that if you watch Breaking Bad you miss something in Better Call Saul and if you haven't watched Breaking Bad then again you miss something in Better Call Saul.

  • Started 3rd season of BCS, haven't watched BB yet. I am hooked to BCS though. Is there any chance that BB is exciting than BCS?
    – HungryDB
    Nov 22 '17 at 11:58
  • @HungryDB ...100% chance. I love BCS, but i think it's a bit slower and more based on relationships. BB, say from season two on, definitely has more action and fast-paced. BCS takes a slower and more "refined" (for lack of a better word) approach to it's action.
    – BruceWayne
    Jan 26 '18 at 19:38

To answer your question simply, no. There can be no spoilers of BB in BCS because BCS occurs entirely before BB.

However, I'd go further and say that there are anti-spoilers that occur if you watch BCS first!

To explain: there are many characters in BCS that are not in BB. If we've seen BB first (as we would have if we watched the shows when they were released), then we would always have a question - what happens to that character? How/why does he/she disappear from the scene?

This puzzle adds a layer of mystery to the show - we, the viewer, have more information than the characters. If, on the other hand, we watched BCS first, we'd experience none of this and would observe the flow of the character's stories at the same time as the characters. That would lessen the experience.

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