Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) will get at least 10 additional episodes to turn into Saul Goodman during Better Call Saul’s run. The Breaking Bad prequel / spinoff has truly come into its own in its second season, proving that there’s still plenty left to explore when it comes to Jimmy’s moral quandaries, and walking the line between being playing by the rules and playing to his strengths.
AMC announced Tuesday that the show will return for Season 3, with showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould also returning. The series is set six years before Jimmy/Saul meets Walter White, so the show could conceivably continue to run until that point. At the same time, it doesn’t necessarily feel built for that, although Season 2 is really just starting to explore Jimmy’s connection with Mike, which has so far provided some of the series’ most stellar moments.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV, said of the renewal,
“What Vince, Peter, Bob and the entire team have accomplished with ‘Better Call Saul’ is truly rare and remarkable. They have taken one of the most iconic, immersive and fan-obsessive (in the best possible way) shows in television history and created a prequel that stands on its own. Watching Jimmy McGill’s thoughtful, melodic and morally flexible transformation into Saul Goodman is entertaining and delighting millions of fans, whether their starting point was ‘Breaking Bad’ or not. This series has its own feel, pace and sensibility and we can’t wait to see what this incredibly talented group comes up with next in season three.”
The show has also proved to be solid in the ratings for AMC, at a time when they are relying heavily on spinoffs like Saul and Fear the Walking Dead to carry forth their popular legacy series. And while they do also have the Tom Hiddleston-starring miniseries The Night Manager coming up in April, it’s AMC’s sister channel SundanceTV who has, increasingly, been providing more unique and entertaining series (like Hap and Leonard, Rectify, and The Returned). Still, Saul is one of the best shows on television, and it’s great news that we’ll have even more of it to look forward to.
For more on Better Call Saul, read our extensive interview with Gilligan and Gould about the music for the show, plus check out my TV Performer of the Week articles on Jonathan Banks’ performance as the great Mike Ehrmantraut, as well as Odenkirk’s seminal work as Jimmy McGill.
You can also read about the fates of over 150 cancelled and renewed TV shows with our TV Lifeline. Better Call Saul airs Monday nights on AMC.