'Better Call Saul': Our 'Breaking Bad' spin-off wish list
AMC announced Wednesday that they plan to spin off Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman after Breaking Bad finishes its run. The hour-long show, eventually to be turned into a series, would focus on Goodman before he met Walter White and Co. Here are some thoughts on what we’d want to see.
1. If it’s a prequel …
Two words: Mike Ehrmantraut. Since it’s before Breaking Bad, Jonathan Banks could definitely return. (Whatever on-screen makeup magic they plan to use on Odenkirk would work on Banks too.) And even though Mike was mainly Gus Fring’s (Giancarlo Esposito) guy, he did occasionally lend his fixer skills to Saul. (Esposito should appear as well, but Mike would have to be the middle man, as Saul never met Gus until Bad.) Plus, we’d need to see the making of the “Better Call Saul” commercials that are so popular around Albuquerque.
2. If it’s actually a sequel …
Look, AMC said it was going to be a prequel, and right now, we believe them. But sometimes people lie. And in this case, lying is beneficial to the audience. We don’t want to know for sure that Saul survives — there are three more episodes of Bad left. But if he does, it would be interesting to see what life holds for Goodman post-Heisenberg. Is he still peddling his shady-but-brilliant legal acumen? Is he in the witness protection program until whomever is left alive at the end of Heisenberg’s reign seeks him out? Has he decided to leave the past behind and run for governor of New Mexico?
3. But we really want the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead version …
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard, chronicles Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the point of view of the King’s courtiers, who befriend Hamlet, spy on him, and eventually die. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see all of Breaking Bad from Saul’s perspective — interweaving other clients he works with when Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) don’t need his services? Everyone could return and continue playing the roles they love, and Breaking Bad lives on in a different form. (And when EW asked Bad creator Vince Gilligan about this idea at Comic-Con, he said, “That’s interesting.” So, you never know. It could happen.)
Watch Vince Gillian address the Saul spin-off at Comic-Con below:
What do you want to see in the Better Call Saul spin-off?