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‘Better Call Saul’: Giancarlo Esposito Speaks Out About Directing ‘Axe and Grind’ Episode

Following the airing of Better Call Saul’s latest episode, titled “Axe and Grind,” the show’s star Giancarlo Esposito opened up about directing the episode. While speaking to Variety, Giancarlo Esposito revealed how he ended up directing the Better Call Saul episode. “When I was working on ‘Breaking Bad,’ I had given Vince Gilligan my second film. Years later when we were getting ready to do 401 of ‘Breaking Bad,’ that infamous episode ‘Box Cutter,’ I asked him if he’d look at it and he said, ‘No, I haven’t had the chance.’ I said, ‘Well, you’ve been a busy bee.’ I never asked again. This was close to 10 years ago.”
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Better Call Saul's Giancarlo Esposito on Directing Kim's Point of No Return: 'She Drove Right Into a Dark Cloud'

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Season 6, Episode 6 of Better Call Saul, "Axe and Grind." Read at your own risk!]. Gus Fring was nowhere to be found on Monday's Better Call Saul, but Giancarlo Esposito was pulling all the strings from behind the camera. The actor has two feature film directing credits to his name (Gospel Hill in 2008 and The Show in 2017), but "Axe and Grind," a tense and suspenseful hour that lays tenuous groundwork leading into next week's mid-season finale, marked his television directorial debut.

Giancarlo Esposito Directs Pivotal ‘Better Call Saul’ Episode With Kim’s ‘Moment of Doom’

Click here to read the full article. SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched the sixth episode of “Better Call Saul” Season 6, titled “Axe and Grind.” Giancarlo Esposito didn’t appear in the latest episode of “Better Call Saul,” but that was because he was busy behind the camera directing this crucial episode, the penultimate entry in Season 6’s first half. “Axe and Grind” covered a lot of ground, taking place in Albuquerque, Germany, a long highway to Santa Fe and even a flashback to Kim Wexler’s (Rhea Seehorn) childhood. The episode started and ended with Kim, who hits...

'Better Call Saul' Season 6: Giancarlo Esposito on Directing This Week's Nail-Biter of an Episode

Editor's note: The below interview contains spoilers for Season 6 Episode 6 of Better Call Saul, "Axe and Grind." The long-running AMC series Better Call Saul might technically serve as a prequel to Breaking Bad, but has carved out a storytelling niche all its own in the realm of drama television thanks to unexpected twists and phenomenal performances. The show chronicles the journey of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), a former conman who aspires to become a decent lawyer, through his seemingly-inevitable descent into the role of crooked criminal defense attorney Saul Goodman. Throughout the prior five seasons, Jimmy's backstory has played almost in tandem with flash-forward scenes from his post-Breaking Bad life, as we learn more about the people who played such a formative role in shaping his burgeoning professional career in law (like his now-wife Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn, or his now-late older brother Charles McGill, played by Michael McKean). We also learn how Jimmy's path first crossed with that of former police officer and security expert Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks), and how he ultimately became a "friend of the cartel" rather unwittingly, thanks to tangling with members of the deadly Salamanca crime family, spearheaded by the unpredictable Lalo (Tony Dalton), who frequently clashes with rival drug lord Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).