Most TV spinoffs retain some sort of familiarity with their flagship shows, be it a central motif or breakout characters, as is the case with Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Although Bob Odenkirk stars on both shows, he’s not exactly playing the same character, and that was cause for concern for co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. But to their major surprise, some people actually favor Jimmy “pre-Saul” McGill to his future shyster.
When Better Call Saul was in development, Gould and Gilligan had the misconception that people would tune into the new prequel expecting to see the Saul Goodman persona front and center, and I was definitely one of those who thought that’d be the case in those earlier days. But, to their great pleasure, people quickly got used to seeing the put-upon Jimmy McGill, who spent most of Season 1 trying to prove to everyone around him that his skills were better than the reputation that preceded them. Here’s how Gilligan put it when talking to THR.
Is it really Jimmy that women are attracted to, or is it “Jimmy lying about being Kevin Costner?” Because I’m pretty damned certain that the Chicago Sunroof doesn’t come into play there at all. There’s definitely something charming about Jimmy, from his underdog status to the way in which he genuinely wants to make something better of himself, especially by the time you get to the end of the season and realize exactly why he’d been kept down all these years. He’s like the puppy dog at the very back of the shelter, just waiting to be appreciated.
That fan-favored essence is in danger of getting tarnished by the time Season 2 comes around, though, since we last saw Jimmy telling Mike that the thing that stopped him from not keeping their $1.6 million take from the Kettlemans – basically human decency – was never stopping him again. That makes it sound like “next stop, Saul Goodman!” is coming, but maybe Jimmy has some more growing to do before making that next step. The fact that he didn’t take his future pseudonym by the end of Season 1 was another big surprise to the creators. Here’s what Gould had to say about it.
Considering AMC put in an order for two seasons before Season 1 even began, it probably allowed them some freedom in developing the story, knowing that they could stretch any particularly plot points out as needed. Now if only we could get Bryan Cranston involved somehow.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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