It’s a go — Saul’s got his own show! AMC confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for an hourlong Breaking Bad spinoff series with the working title “Better Call Saul.”
But if you think that guarantees that Saul survives whatever’s about to shake out in Breaking Bad‘s final three episodes, well, not so fast. According to the statement: “Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.”
“Knowing Vince and how seriously he takes the show, he will kill Saul if that is what should happen — so you should know that!” Odenkirk recently told us of Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan. “He would not hesitate to do that because there is a gossipy story about a potential sequel. He will do with Saul what is right for the character and what is appropriate for the story and he will not be motivated in any way by other professional possibilities.”
“I definitely do feel a lot of responsibility, first and foremost to get the ending of Breaking Bad right,” Gilligan told us in July, “and then, I tell ya, I would love to see a Saul Goodman spinoff. We’re plugging away on that.”
The confirmation is welcome news to fans of Breaking Bad and Odenkirk’s breakout character — and likely to Gilligan himself. He admitted that he felt a great deal of pressure to replicate Bad‘s lightening-in-a-bottle success.
“When something like this wraps up, you’re so proud and so lucky to have been a part of it, but you hope to have at least 15-20 years left in your career and that you’ve got better things in the offing, still,” he explained of his future plans. “So how do I follow up this grand slam that I just hit at my last at-bat, to use a baseball metaphor? I think the best answer is, whatever you do, do it quickly. Just get on to the next thing and don’t think too hard about it.”
In other words: better call on Saul.
New episodes of Breaking Bad air Sunday nights at 9/8CT on AMC.
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