It has been discussed by Vince Gilligan, wanted by fans, and now it will finally be coming to your television screen. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Breaking Bad will have a spinoff show featuring everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman.
Breaking Bad creator and show runner Vince Gilligan has discussed the possibility of a Saul Goodman spinoff show on many different media outlets over the past month as the final season of Breaking Bad came upon us. The official announcement for Better Call Saul was made yesterday through a press release by AMC and Sony Pictures Television.
AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.
In case you were worried, AMC will not be looking for a younger actor to take over the role of Saul Goodman as Bob Odenkirk has been confirmed to be playing the role. Also, Saul Goodman character creator Peter Gould will be the driving force behind the show.
I have to admit, when I first heard Gilligan talking about the possibility of a Saul Goodman spinoff show I was hoping that it was all an attempt to get fans hopes up that he wouldn’t die. Then when his inevitable death happened in the final episodes of Breaking Bad Gilligan would come out the next day and say they have decided not to pursue the spinoff idea.
However, making it a prequel show will introduce a different perspective on the life Saul led before ever being tangled up with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. I’m looking forward to seeing the pilot or, at the very least, a more detailed description of the show to get a feeling for what we can expect. The list of characters that will make their way from Breaking Bad to Better Call Saul is surely to be a small list, since most of these character made their connections through Walter.
Two characters that I would like to see more of and could certainly fit into this spinoff idea are Skinny Pete and Badger. Skinny Pete is a character that we get a sense had a clean past but had a fall down to where he is currently, so depending on how far into the past this prequel takes place the creators could have space to explore his character.
Do you think that Better Call Saul is a good idea for a Breaking Bad spinoff show? Is there anything that you would like to see from the show? I’m sure you have thoughts so let them be known in the comments below!