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Jimmy Kimmel says Better Call Saul is like that extra pizza you’d forgotten you ordered. Bob Odenkirk says Better Call Saul is 20% Comedy and 80% Drama.
“Better Call Saul is about transformation. Well, you know. Like, Breaking Bad was about a guy becoming another guy. Well, in this case, it’s about a fella named Jimmy McGill becoming Saul Goodman.” – Bob Odenkirk
Do you need to watch Breaking Bad before tuning in for Better Call Saul? Not necessarily. But it would help. The new series’ title character, Saul Goodman, is from the Breaking Bad universe, as is the character of Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). As far as the other characters go, it’s kind of all up in the air at the moment. We may see some other characters that are familiar to us, but for the most part, Better Call Saul could actually be it’s own entity.
How is that? Isn’t Better Call Saul a spin-off of Breaking Bad? Yes. As mentioned in my first (ridiculously excited) post about Better Call Saul, it is a spin-off. But it’s a prequel spin-off. Better Call Saul takes place roughly six or so years before Walter White is ever even diagnosed with Cancer. So it also isn’t likely that we’ll ever see Heisenberg in the series, unless it spans past the whole point in Breaking Bad, where Saul is introduced to Walter White in season two, episode 8, in an episode appropriately titled, “Better Call Saul”. However, Bryan Cranston is already slated to direct an episode of the new spin-off. And hey, maybe we’ll see Los Pollos Hermanos at some point throughout the series. At least some sort of familiar locations might be used– we can always look forward to that!
So I’m not going to say you HAVE to watch all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad before this Sunday… But if you’re looking forward to Better Call Saul, because the trailers and teasers have intrigued you, or if you enjoy the first episode, and for some random reason haven’t seen Breaking Bad already, I strongly encourage you to run to Netflix immediately and get a move on! It’s easily one of the greatest things you’ll ever binge watch! That way you can enjoy the little nods and Easter eggs from Better Call Saul‘s writers and show runners along with those of us that have a Crystal Ship-sized hole in our hearts since Breaking Bad ended.
How many glorious episodes do I have to look forward to? Better Call Saul has 10 hour-long episodes in it’s first season. But fear not, AMC already ordered and gave the green light for a season two, and it is currently at 13 hour-long episodes.
Where and when can I watch Better Call Saul? The premiere episode, “Uno”, is this coming Sunday night, February 8th, at 10PM/9PM Central, right smack between the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead on AMC. The following night, Monday, February 9th, AMC is airing “Uno” again at 9PM/8PM Central, followed by the second episode of Better Call Saul, “Mijo”, at 10PM/9PM Central. After the two night premiere event, Better Call Saul‘s regular night will be Mondays at 10PM/9PM Central.
What if I don’t have AMC or live in the U.S.? Then you’re in luck! I’m assuming since Netflix played such a big part in the success of, and currently hold the exclusive streaming rights to Breaking Bad, they, AMC, and Sony Pictures Television, along with both shows’ creators, cut a similar deal for Better Call Saul, but with a twist! It has been magically arranged for the entire first season of Better Call Saul to be available in the U.S. and Canada for streaming shortly after it’s season 1 finale. If you’re in Europe or Latin America, the new episodes of Better Call Saul will be available for streaming within just a few days of their original air date. The first two episodes of Better Call Saul are currently scheduled to be released for streaming to residents in Europe at 7AM, the following morning of their air dates in The U.S. (February 9th/February 10th).
And here is a look at the show, itself, as well as the incredibly catchy theme, “Better Call Saul” via AMC.com:
“Better Call Saul” performed by Junior Brown
Better Call Saul stars 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. The two-night premiere begins February 8th at 10PM/9PM Central on AMC.