The ancient, cranky, superstitious cook in the Orange Tavern. No one remembers when she was young.
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I’ve seen the excellent first three episodes of BETTER CALL SAUL — each episode better than the last — and started thinking about the series’ future. How to avoid the prequel curse? The trouble with prequels, everyone knows, is that we already know the “end”. We know Saul survives BREAKING BAD, so we know he survives BETTER CALL SAUL, and that robs the latter series of fundamental dramatic tension. Things can’t get epically bad for Saul because we know he lives to become Walter White’s self-assured lawyer, so I’ll never fear for his life and well-being as deeply as I feared for Walt’s.
But co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are too smart for this. There’s a simple solution they’ve already teased in Episode 1. I haven’t read any articles about the series at this point, so for all I know this is a common theory, but here’s my guess: BETTER CALL SAUL won’t end before the chronological beginning of BREAKING BAD. The series will end with Saul’s life after BREAKING BAD, at which point it’s virgin narrative territory, and the full dramatic tension returns, and anyone who survived BREAKING BAD — including Jesse Pinkman — can return to play a role.
Now that I’m typing this, it seems ridiculously obvious, especially since the series opens with Saul working at Cinnabon in the throes of post-BAD anxiety. I’m probably the millionth person to think of it. But I’m jazzed with the idea, and I’d bet money that’s the way it ultimately goes: BETTER CALL SAUL will finally be both a prequel and a sequel.
The overnight wind chill truly reached only -25 F, but still, Captain America was frozen solid after plunging into the frigid bucket…
There he might have remained, encased in solid ice, were it not for his discovery and rescue. And who braved the wintry cold to save our icy hero? Was it director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury? No! It was Mush-head, the Greedo action figure who, in the early 1980s, was horribly mauled by the family dachshund.
Using what I believe was Hammerhead’s laser gun, Mush-head melted the ice and pulled Captain America to safety…
After sleeping much of the day, Cap awoke in a comfortable bed to soothing music… but something wasn’t right. When no one answered his worried questions, he escaped to the nearest computer and learned, to his astonishment, that he had been frozen far longer than he imagined.