Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould drew a picture of the trials his crew faced during filming of the series finale. In addition to significant challenges filming during COVID-19, the production also needed to secure a realistic looking set for the federal courtroom where Jimmy’s trial is taking place. According to Gould, although the New Mexico Supreme Court provided them with such a courtroom, it was only available on weekends, forcing the crew to postpone their filming schedule. In addition, the weather created its own problems.
“We had a huge snowstorm that actually got a lot of the crew stuck in one place,” Gould said. “We shot at a prison that was freezing cold and was also a working prison – it was very sobering and harrowing, let’s put it that way.”
Gould went on to detail the weather-related issues that plagued the finale, adding, “We were out in the desert filming a scene that was supposed to take place in sweltering heat… and it was actually freaking cold desert and it was way too hot. And this time we shot in the desert, it was way too cold so we just can’t win.”