Not many TV shows get a second season order before a single episode has been broadcast, but then not every series is the hotly anticipated spin-off from Breaking Bad, and AMC have faith that Better Call Saul will be a hit. The news was a double-edged sword as it came with an announcement that the series would be delayed until early next year.
Co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould commented on the delay and were quick to assure fans that this was more to do with their creative process than production problems.
“We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud, I still feel I’m very slow for television.” - Vince Gilligan
“We had a pace on Breaking Bad that was deliciously stately for television. We have a way of doing things that is slower than most television shows.” Peter Gould
I think I speak for every fan of Breaking Bad when I say, we would rather wait a few extra months for something worthy to inhabit the same richly textured world, Gilligan and Gould’s process might not be indicative to the fast paced nature of television but I doubt AMC were willing to rush them.
In a press release from AMC, the official synopsis was revealed which sets the events of series six years before Breaking Bad.
“The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. 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 Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “Criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven with dark humor.”
Bob Odenkirk reprises his role as Saul Goodman alongside Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, the press release also revealed additional cast members Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean will recur as Saul’s brother Chuck. Ever since the spin-off was announced fans have been wondering if we might see cameos from some of the Breaking Bad cast members. The creators haven’t ruled out the possibility, but Peter Gould was keen to stress the new series wouldn’t be wheeling out cameos for the sake of it.
“These are all characters we love. Having said that, we’re trying to make something that stands on its own and has an entertainment value of not just seeing old favorites. It’s not a clip show. We try to balance these things out.”
Personally speaking, I would like to see a bit more of Gustavo Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) backstory unfold in the spin-off as he was a fascinating albeit terrifying character and one we’ve only scratched the surface of.
Better Call Saul arrives on AMC early 2015.