Slippin’ Jimmy is set to slide right back into our hearts — and possibly our wallets — in February, according to AMC. Better Call Saul, starring the fantastic Bob Odenkirk (who is currently reprising Mr. Show more or less, on Netflix in w/ Bob and David), will return Monday, February 15th at 10 p.m., which is on the heels of The Walking Dead’s winter return the night before.
Even if Better Call Saul hadn’t been renewed for a second season before its first, the Breaking Bad spinoff was a shoo-in for renewal. Its numbers were steady throughout the first season (especially when factoring in DVR views), but it also garnered a lot of critical acclaim. Though I respected the series a lot, I didn’t come to love it until the final episodes of Season 1, which brought Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk) to a boiling point. He now seems poised to become the Saul Goodman we know from Breaking Bad.
Yet Better Call Saul was always at its best in Season 1 when it was distanced from Breaking Bad. Tuco’s (Raymond Cruz) inclusion was fine, but it paled in comparison to Saul’s interactions with his brother Chuck (Michael McKean), whose character took an unexpected turn to end the season. And while I adore Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, his appearance often felt like it belonged in his own spinoff that would have been far more hard-boiled and noir than Better Call Saul was. Still, his work in the season’s penultimate episode, “Pimento,” made it one of the best hours of television this year.
The first season also ended on a beautifully poignant note that wrapped up with Jimmy — who had been struggling mightily with his moral compass — seemingly makes the decision to go to the dark side as Saul. It will be fascinating to see where Season 2 picks up, and how it will tell the next chapter of Jimmy’s life.
For more info on when your favorite series are coming back (or when new series are premiering), check out our TV premiere calendar. As mentioned above, Better Call Saul Season 2 will debut on AMC Monday, February 15th at 10 p.m. ET