AMC definitely wants more Breaking Bad any way they can get it, and they feel their best route is the spin-off series Better Call Saul, which would follow everyone’s favorite sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The network is aiming to premiere the series in summer/early fall 2014, but apparently show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are still deciding when the spin-off should take place. Fans know that Saul ends up in a very different spot than when he first appeared, and they’re understandably interested in both his origin and his future.
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In the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, we saw that Saul had given up any hope of retaining his law practice, and he went to start a new life in Nebraska. Previously, it seemed like Better Call Saul would firmly be a prequel series, but Odenkirk tells IGN that Gilligan and Gould are looking at other options:
Well, I’ve talked to Vince (Gilligan) and Peter (Gould), who are writing and creating the series, about this and I’ve said that a lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know they’ve talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.
Odenkirk also says the writers are set to get to work in a few weeks, and that the show will be 70% drama and 30% comedy.
I know I’ll watch the show (or at least the first couple of episodes), but part of me wants to leave well enough alone. Even though Walt is dead and Jesse is in the wind, the universe still feels fragile, and trying to change or augment it through a spin-off series is risky. I don’t feel the need to see anymore, and the end of Saul’s arc is a good ending for the character. His punishment—losing everything including his identity—fit the crime, especially when he joined “Team Kill Jesse”. A new series could be entertaining, but it still feels unnecessary.