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Better Call Saul's Rhea Seehorn's new sci-fi show is set to kick-off with a huge first episode

Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan is returning to his sci-fi roots with his next series.

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul.
Image credit: AMC

Nowadays, Vince Gilligan is mostly known for creating Breaking Bad and working on its spinoff Better Call Saul alongside Peter Gould. But his origins as a screenwriter for TV are tied to science fiction, as he regularly served in The X-Files. Now, he's returning to the genre (sort of) with Better Call Saul alum Rhea Seehorn.

A new meaty update on what's actually going on with his next show arrived through his recent chat with Variety for the tenth anniversary of Breaking Bad. While most of the piece deals with his memories of the Bryan Cranston-led show and how he remembers it a decade later, the interviewer managed to extract some valuable info about his return to the sci-fi realm.

Turns out, the as-yet-untitled series won't be "heavy science fiction." Instead, he promises a big first episode in which the world "changes very abruptly," affecting everyone all over. He confirms there's a sci-fi element at its core, but it appears the show will instead focus on how the characters react to a massive change in their lives. If you ask us, this is sounding a whole lot like HBO's The Leftovers, which could be great, especially if Gilligan injects some of his signature humor and inventiveness into it.

Regarding Rhea Seehorn's role in the story, it appears she'll be the lead for sure, and Gilligan says that she "will be playing a very different character" from Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler. As a bonus tidbit, he shared the show will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, again, but fans of the Breaking Bad universe shouldn't look hard for any connections. In fact, we highly recommend watching some of Vince Gilligan's X-Files episodes instead to approach this new series with the right mindset.