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Saul Brings Back the Cousins; Michael Slovis Speaks With THR

This week, “Bali Ha’i” writer and co-executive producer Gennifer Hutchison reveals why the show brought back the Cousins, while Michael Slovis speaks with The Hollywood Reporter about directing the episode. Plus, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould chat with Vulture about influences on the show. Read on for more:

• Gennifer Hutchison, the writer of “Bali Ha’i,” tells Variety about bringing back the Cousins: “As we got closer and closer to the actual production, we got more excited about the idea of seeing them a little earlier in their lives before they turn into the scary murder-bots that we know and love them as on Breaking Bad.”

• Michael Slovis, who directed “Bali Ha’i,” tells The Hollywood Reporter, “If you look at the formal frames of Saul, you look at the fact that the camera is on the dolly 90 percent of the time, you look at how we’re using zoom lenses to do slow zooms in — we’re not afraid of those on Saul.”

Vulture speaks with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould about “how cowboys, Coppola, a classic painting, and more influenced Better Call Saul and its predecessor, Breaking Bad.”

Salon theorizes, “Like The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, Better Call Saul is about watching a flawed man do flawed things and hurt the people around him, but it’s also about how struggling for one’s humanity is a central part of living, as any person.”

Indiewire says the show is “doing a lot of unusual things exceptionally well, not least of them successfully expanding the universe of a show as revered as Breaking Bad. And as a wholly original creation, Kim Wexler is one of its greatest triumphs.”

The Toronto Star notes how “Better Call Saul’s relationship with art has become a portal into Jimmy and Mike Ehrmantraut.”

Decider has a crush on Rhea Seehorn, who plays “the composed and tight-lipped lady lawyer, police officer, and detective we’ve seen so many times before. So why are we obsessed? Because Kim Wexler feels like an actual person.”

TV Geek Army asserts that “‘Rebecca‘ is a case study in why ‘smaller’ stories, stories where nobody gets whacked, where indeed there’s no violence at all, can be amazingly powerful story telling.”

• For recaps and reviews of Season 2, Episode 6, “Bali Ha’i,” check out A.V. Club, Cleveland.com, Den of Geek, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, HitFix, IGN, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Observer, TV.com, Vulture, Wired and Yahoo TV.

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