Bob Odenkirk Says BETTER CALL SAUL is 85 Percent Drama, 15 Percent Comedy

     October 28, 2014


Based on what we’ve seen of Better Call Saul thus far and the fact that Saul Goodman was a major source of comedic relief on Breaking Bad, I assumed the show would be more comedy than drama.  However, according to Bob Odenkirk, that’s not the case at all.  It’ll actually be just 15 percent comedy and 85 percent drama.

The spin-off series will take place five years before Saul’s dealings with Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  At that time, he was going by the name Jimmy McGill and, based on the teaser we got back in August, he wasn’t interested in representing guilty clients because there’s too much aggravation involved.  Hit the jump for more on what Odenkirk had to say about the show.

better-call-saul-bob-odenkirk-michaelmckeanHere’s what Odenkirk told THR about the tone:

“It’s total drama, man.  It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy.”

Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan once considered make Saul’s solo show a half-hour comedy, but instead, they chose the hour-long format, and apparently opted to take a more drama heavy approach as well.

Odenkirk also discussed the benefit of turning Saul into a main character.  Whereas a secondary character is required to react, the lead character is driven by personality:

“That doesn’t happen so much with secondary characters because they don’t need to have that depth … One of the cool things about playing Saul now is that I get to have those moments.  I’ve certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul.”

Better Call Saul doesn’t premiere until February, but AMC already ordered a second season.  Here’s that teaser trailer if you want to get a sense of what’s coming: