AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul returns in February, and when the network released the first trailer for the new season last year, it foreshadowed the shady future that awaits Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill. The newly released key art for the second season reaffirms the scam artist-turned-lawyer will be facing an uphill battle as his morals and ambitions continue to clash. Check it out below.
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AV Club posted additional images from Season 2, and the Better Call Saul AMC blog features the latest promo that highlights McGill’s shenanigans from last season. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, the fantastic series is worth a watch before its S2 premiere next month. Additionally, fans can now purchase the Better Call Saul: Season One Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set, which features 3D packaging and a collectible postcard vinyl of “Better Call Saul” performed by Junior Brown, plus more than 10 hours of special features.
AMC renewed Better Call Saul for a second season before season 1 even aired. AMC President Charlie Collier confirmed the network’s commitment of 13 more episodes in a statement via the LA Times in late 2014.
“We happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes. When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”
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Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan splits Better Call Saul show-running duties with fellow Breaking Bad alum Peter Gould, the man responsible for creating the Saul Goodman character. Season 1 earned seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and won two Critics’ Choice TV Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series (Bob Odenkirk) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Jonathan Banks) and the TCA Award for Outstanding New Program.
As Coming Soon notes, Better Call Saul debuted last February as the season’s no. 1 new series on cable among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. It’s the third highest-rated first season series in cable history among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The new season will feature Jimmy’s transition fully into Saul Goodman, with Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut by his side. The series also stars Michael McKean as Jimmy’s brother, Chuck McGill, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin, and Michael Mando as Nacho Varga.
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Last year, Bob Odenkirk spoke about the second season of the critically acclaimed drama and the show’s similarities with Breaking Bad.
“In the end, Breaking Bad ended up being a deep exploration of a character — Walter White,” observes Odenkirk, “and Better Call Saul is going in that same direction of being about a character mutating and discovering who he is on a deeper level. I can’t believe how many people watched us without prejudice and gave us a chance to create a new scenario in an admittedly very slow way, and let us sort of feel it out.”
While Bob has been mum on whether we’ll see the emergence of drug lord Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) next season, he did confirm that Season 2 promises to deliver high drama.
“I do think Season 2 of Saul goes faster, because these writers have a confidence in what they’re writing and who the characters are.” Odenkirk notes. “I hope we find out that Jimmy-slash-Saul is a good guy. I know when he starts, we can feel a lot of empathy for him. But in the case of Breaking Bad, what we found out was Walter White was not a good guy.”
Better Call Saul Season 2 premieres Monday, February 15, at 10/9c. U.K. fans can catch it one day later. Watch the teasers below.
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