The New York Times has released a profile on the upcoming AMC show Better Call Saul, set in the universe of the hit drama Breaking Bad. For months since the announcement of the Breaking Bad spinoff, fans have been dying to know how the show will relate to the plot of Breaking Bad. Will Walter White be in Better Call Saul? Does it take place before or after Breaking Bad? Today, the answers have finally arrived.
A recent post revealed that Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul won’t be starring in the first season of Better Call Saul, and maybe none to follow. But Vince Gilligan and star Bob Odenkirk have revealed how Better Call Saul will connect to the events of Breaking Bad. The show will be a prequel, set six years before Breaking Bad takes place. Six years before Saul Goodman and Walter White meet and Heisenberg begins his meth empire. This may not come as a surprise to Breaking Bad fans. But there’s one bit of news that will.
Bob Odenkirk is not playing Saul Goodman.
At least, not at first. According to new reports, Saul will start off as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer who can’t seem to find a decent case. As the show goes on, Saul Goodman is expected to emerge as Odenkirk’s character crosses over from straight-laced attorney to a crooked criminal lawyer. At the beginning of the show, long before the Breaking Bad saga, viewers will see McGill desperate for clients and caught up looking after his brother Chuck McGill, played by Michael McKean. Chuck was once a successful lawyer who has now become agoraphobic.
While Breaking Bad was a little light on romance, save for a few of Jesse Pinkman’s unlucky girlfriends, Better Call Saul seems to tease a little more love. Saul will be chasing after a beautiful female lawyer, played by Rhea Seehorn. Even though Seehorn is cold and unimpressed by Goodman’s advances, the determined criminal defender won’t give up.
You can see the first full length trailer of the Breaking Bad spinoff by clicking here.
Hardcore Breaking Bad fans are skeptical that Better Call Saul will be as good as Breaking Bad. But Bob Odenkirk has expressed similar concerns and explained why Breaking Bad fanatics have nothing to fear.
“I was worried about what it would do to my family and worried about whether I would end up being the guy who — um, screwed up — the legacy of Breaking Bad… And then I talked to my daughter, who is 13 and incredibly mature, she said, ‘It’s a big opportunity, we will be fine, and if it’s bad, really, how bad could it be?’ And I said well, it won’t be bad. It’s written by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould; the worst thing is it’s a really interesting misfire. If that’s the worst thing it is, I’d be more than happy to be part of that.”
What do you think? Will Better Call Saul threaten the legacy of Breaking Bad? Or will the show live up to the Breaking Bad name?