Reported by Zac Platt.
Good news folks! Looks like we may have something to live for in a post Breaking Bad world after all. AMC and Sony Pictures have confirmed that Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman will indeed be getting his own spinoff appropriately titled Better Call Saul. The spinoff has been alluded to by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan here and there over the last few months but we now have confirmation that it will be a prequel showing Saul’s evolution prior to getting in the Meth game with Walt and Jesse.
With the possible exception of Giancarlo Esposito’s Gustavo Fring, Saul is easily the character with the most interesting potential back-story. Odinkirk’s character is always a treat on screen, perfectly balancing the tension and comedy that fans have grown accustomed to in Breaking Bad. It’s also a good idea to keep the spinoff away from treading the same ground. With Breaking Bad being entered into the Guinness World Records for being the most critically acclaimed show of all time, it’s probably a safe bet that Vince Gilligan and his fellow writers will want its core story to stand on its own rather than diluting it across an expanded universe.
That’s not to say that we shouldn’t expect the same great plotting and character work we’ve come to expect from Vince Gilligan. In an interview with Yahoo TV back in May, where Gilligan discussed his ideas for the potential spinoff, he pointed out Saul had admitted that wasn’t his real name and compared him to Walter White’s Heisenberg as being a “self created character”. This spinoff might just show us how Saul first came across this “phantom disappearer” we keep hearing him mention, and as long as Gilligan is still involved, it’s probably safe to say it will be a hell of a ride finding out why.