AMC has announced the release date of the highly anticipated “Breaking Bad” spin-off entitled “Better Call Saul,” which now confirms that the show is more than just a rumor. Representatives of the network have confirmed that the premiere will land sometime in November, but no official date has been released. This announcement comes less than 6 months after the brutal and gritty series finale of “Breaking Bad” was aired on AMC, breathing life back into fans of Saul, Jesse, and Walter White, who felt like a part of their life was taken from them when the series ended.
Many have wondered how Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad”, would approach a spin-off focused on Saul Goodman and not Walter White’s meth empire. AMC has confirmed that the show will be a prequel that specifically focuses on the life of corrupt and charismatic criminal defense attorney before he ever comes into contact with White and is forced into relocation in order to escape prosecution. Gilligan says that the new show will have a completely different feel “even though there will be some overlap on the Venn Diagram that exists between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul”.
While they would love to incorporate Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) into the story line in inventive ways, Gilligan wants the show starring Bob Odenkirk to stand on its own by having its own existence. Both Cranston and Paul have confirmed that they are up for doing cameos on the show, but writers are keeping their intentions tightly under wraps and nothing has been confirmed. There has, however, been confirmation that some characters from “Breaking Bad” will become regulars, one such character being Goodman’s talented private eye Mike Ehrmantraut. Fans will just have to wait until the show airs to see the approach that Gilligan and the writers chose to take.
Some critics are worried that “Better Call Saul” will sour the legacy of “Breaking Bad”, a show that many say was ended at just the perfect time. Gilligan is confident that the comedic tone of the series will ease the worries of “Breaking Bad” fans and that the public will be satisfied living in Saul’s world of sleazy criminal defense when fall comes around. For now, all those who are anticipating the premier of the spin-off can do is wait for the official dates to be confirmed while they predict which cast members will be regular characters and guests on the new series.