Is the Breaking Bad universe somehow connected to The Sopranos?
Better Call Saul, the acclaimed television prequel to the hit show Breaking Bad, is known for its intricate storytelling and memorable characters that keep fans finding new interesting details even after the finale that was released almost a year ago.
Recently, fans have found a cool detail that was discovered in one of the episodes of the show.
This detail might be a clever reference to The Sopranos, a show widely regarded as one of the greatest television crime dramas.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan of Better Call Saul, The Sopranos, or both, this detail is sure to capture your attention.
The scene from the 1st episode of season 2 of Better Call Saul is surprisingly similar to the scene from The Sopranos’ 13th episode of season 4.
In both scenes both protagonists (Jimmy McGill and Tony Soprano) are lying on a floating mattress in the pool. In both scenes the protagonists’ love interests are standing in front of them (Kim and Carmela) and they even have relatively similar outfits.
Moreover, the shots are of the exact same angle in both scenes.
Actually Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has publicly acknowledged The Sopranos’ influence on his show. He has also credited James Gandolfini’s portrayal of Tony Soprano as a key inspiration for the character of Walter White.
Gilligan has spoken at length about how The Sopranos paved the way for Breaking Bad in terms of pushing the boundaries of what a television drama could be and creating complex, morally ambiguous characters.
Fans have already found some supposed references to The Sopranos in Breaking Bad before. For example, there is an episode in BB’s season 5 named Live Free or Die.
Sopranos has an episode with the same name and in this episode includes an important breakfast diner scene, so does the Sopranos episode.
What about the episode when Skyler and Walter separated, and Walter moved out to his own place? A legendary scene with the pizza on the roof.
Guess what, The Sopranos featured a similar episode. Well, Tony didn’t throw the pizza up on the roof but the scene is really similar.
While there are many unconfirmed references, overall, it’s clear that The Sopranos had a significant impact on many TV-shows, both in terms of its style and storytelling, and in terms of its willingness to tackle difficult and controversial subject matter.