It probably won’t be long before we all start to go through serious Breaking Bad withdrawal. Oh, sure, the series wrapped up months ago, but the satisfaction of a drama well concluded will eventually wear off and those of us who anticipated the series’ return each year will find ourselves reminding ourselves that Breaking Bad isn’t coming back this year. On the bright side, there is Better Call Saul to anticipate. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan had some vague but interesting things to say about the spinoff project, which will come from writer Peter Gould and center on Bob Odenkirk’s character Saul Goodman.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Vince Gilligan has mastered the art of discussing TV shows while treading right to the edge of spoiler territory without actually crossing the line. That applies to the interview he recently did with Entertainment Weekly, during which he discussed Better Call Saul, AMC’s planned Breaking Bad spinoff, which Gilligan says will be a “different kind of show.” He also discusses the drama involved in comedy, and offers some vague clues about the timeline of the series, which could offer both past and future looks at the morally-challenged attorney Saul Goodman.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
When EW asked if any of the action would be set in “the Breaking Bad era,” Gilligan was vague but indicated that the possibility exists, saying, “Anything is possible, and I can’t make any promises that we will indeed see that kind of stuff, but I can tell you from a writer’s point of view, it’s very freeing and emboldening to have those opportunities available to you.”
He goes on to suggest Jonathan Banks as a possible candidate in terms of potential returning Breaking Bad stars. Banks played Mike in the series, a known associate of Saul Goodman. Gilligan goes on to speak theoretically about other characters dropping by, but notes the obvious availability issues that are likely to play a factor among the Breaking Bad actors, who’ve moved on to other projects.
And finally, from this last comment, it seems like the aim of the series isn’t to simply extend Breaking Bad, as Gilligan talks about Better Call Saul being its own kind of show, apart from Breaking Bad…
I think just the fact that comically-inclined actor Bob Odenkirk is headlining Better Call Saul — factoring in Saul’s comical character nature as well — is an obvious indication that the tone of this new series will be more humorous than Breaking Bad, and could veer far enough away from the origin series’ premise enough that we might even eventually forget to make the connection between the two shows, in time. With that said, I’ll be curious to see how this series is initially received when it debuts, especially if any notable percentage of viewers tune in expecting a new Breaking Bad and find something different instead.
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