You asked for it, and you got it. AMC will premiere their Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, in February of 2015. Watch the teaser from AMC, here.
Better Call Saul is the prequel, which I am glad they cleared that up, to the award-winning series Breaking Bad. The show is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer.
When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad, and whom I am extremely glad they brought back. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.”
The series also stars Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, and Michael Mando as Nacho. AMC plans for these characters to represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law, which will continue the moral dilemma theme of Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad creator and showrunner, Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer and producer, Peter Gould, created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season. Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes. The debut season will consist of 10 episodes.
I wonder if, when Better Call Saul becomes wildly popular, Gilligan and AMC will begin splitting the seasons in half, much like they did with Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men.
For now, there are no plans to have Walter White make a cameo, or Jesse Pinkman, for that matter, but there have definitely been rumors. Also, if this is going to be a prequel that will partly feature Mike Erhmantraut, it would only make sense that we will see Gus Fring…only with more face. One thing is for sure, I am insanely excited for this new show. I absolutely loved Breaking Bad and still binge watch re-runs.
What do you think of this teaser for Better Call Saul? Will you be watching? Let me know in the comments below.