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Meet James McGill, attorney at law, played by writer/actor/producer Bob Odenkirk (How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad, Fargo). McGill is not yet known as the criminal lawyer that we all know and are familiar with from Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad, takes place roughly six or so years before Walter White is ever even diagnosed with Cancer, and will follow lawyer James McGill as he becomes criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. Just like we watched Walter White, a mundane high school Chemistry teacher, transform into ‘the danger’, Heisenberg, in Breaking Bad.
Vince Gilligan (X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, Breaking Bad) will direct the premiere episode of Better Call Saul, just like he did for Breaking Bad, to set the overall feel and tone for the show. While the production is still taking place in Albuquerque, the creators didn’t want the show to be a carbon copy of Breaking Bad, According to Gilligan, “Peter (Gould) came with an idea book of frame grabs from classic movies, like The Conformist, we talked a lot about Kubrick. We’re doing our damndest to make it as different as possible.”
And as for all of the hubbub about whether or not we’ll see Bryan Cranston (Malcolm In the Middle, Seinfeld, Breaking Bad) showing up on set to work for any future episodes of the prequel spin-off: as a director, it’s likely. As Heisenberg, himself, “If it makes sense we’ll do it, if it doesn’t make sense, we won’t,” says Gilligan.
Better Call Saul will star Bob Odenkirk as James McGill/Saul Goodman, Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Michael McKean as Chuck McGill, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Michael Mando as Nacho Varga, and Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin.
Check out Better Call Saul‘s extended trailer and don’t forget to tune in to AMC on Sunday/Monday, February 8th and 9th at 9PM, Central Time, for the two night premiere! Season one will give us 10 hour-long episodes, and yes, Better Call Saul has already been renewed for a second season, and it will have 13 episodes.
I hope you’re all as stupid excited as I am about seeing Saul on your television screens again!
I have missed him so.