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Faces & Names: ‘Better Call Saul’ set around 2002

The “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” will be set in “about the year 2002,” executive producer Vince Gilligan said Friday.

“We tried hard on ‘Breaking Bad’ to not be too specific to when it was, but now we kind of have to be,” Gilligan said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday. “I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece. It feels like yesterday, but it was 12 years ago.”

The timeline answered one of the big questions about the show: When exactly it will take place. But Gilligan said the show may jump in time, just as “Breaking Bad” did.

During the wide-ranging panel, Gilligan and executive producer Peter Gouldtalked about the origin of the Saul Goodman character. Gould said he came about because of an opening in the “Breaking Bad” universe that arose when Tuco, who was to have terrorized Walt and Jesse throughout Season 2, had to be killed off due to scheduling conflicts.