'Better Call Saul': 9 Subtle 'Breaking Bad' References You May Have Missed
As a prequel to Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould don’t shy away from callbacks in Better Call Saul. Some of those references are in-your-face, like Saul Goodman’s (Bob Odenkirk) fate as a Cinnabon manager in Nebraska. Then there’s the countless Breaking Bad characters that reprise their role in Better Call Saul.
But there are other nods to the original series that are more subtle. Did you catch these references to Breaking Bad in episodes of Better Call Saul?
Zafiro Añejo tequila
Brand continuity isn’t lost on Gilligan and Gould in either story. In Breaking Bad, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) poisons a bottle of the fictional tequila Zafiro Añejo to get back at Don Eladio.
That same blue bottle and elaborate topper show up in Better Call Saul when Jimmy and Kim scam stockbroker “Ken Wins.” Fans will recognize him from Breaking Bad — his car gets set on fire after he steals Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) parking spot.
Jesse Pinkman’s tag in ‘Better Call Saul’
Paul and Cranston are expected in the final episodes of Better Call Saul. But Jesse Pinkman has already made an appearance in the spinoff.
In one scene, Jimmy uses a phone booth with “JP” graffitied on it. It might sound like a stretch, but that same tag — “JP” with an inverted exclamation mark — is on the wall of Jesse’s house in Breaking Bad Season 4.
Better Call Saul Season 6 part one premieres on April 18, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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