Last weekend, writer-producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould unveiled the first pictures and details for the spin-off. Here’s what we can expect from Better Call Saul:
Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, and more will join Bob Odenkirk.
AMC announced the official series regulars for Better Call Saul. Bob Odenkirk will be joined by Jonathan Banks, who will reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut. The new cast members will include Michael McKean (as Chuck, Saul’s brother), Rhea Seahorn (as Kim), Patrick Fabian (as Hamlin) and Michael Mando (as Nacho).
Better Call Saul won’t be much of a prequel after all.
Though the show does take place before the events of Breaking Bad, it won’t lead directly to them. Set in 2002, Better Call Saul will take place six years before Walter White goes rogue. In the words of Vince Gilligan, "I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece."
Better Call Saul follows Saul Goodman before he became Saul Goodman.
The spin-off will start off when Saul is still Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer struggling to make ends meet. The series will chronicle his work with Mike and his transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts the "criminal" in "criminal lawyer".
Chances of Walter making an appearance are slim to none.
Though they didn’t rule out the possibility completely, Gilligan and Gould said that we won’t see much of Walter White in Better Call Saul. The duo said that he would only make an appearance if it makes sense. Cranston fans can rejoice, though. It was hinted that Bryan may return as a director, if not as an actor!
Some of our other favorite characters might make an appearance.
We’re excited to see Mike Erhmantraut return to our screens, but seeing more Breaking Bad characters wouldn’t hurt. Vince Gilligan said that there’s a possibility everyone’s favorite villain, Gus Fring, will be a part of the show. "With Gus, there is so much more to say about that character, and we certainly love Giancarlo," added Gould.
What’s better? Lavell Crawford hinted that Huell might make an appearance as well!
Better Call Saul will follow Breaking Bad’s non-linear format.
If there’s one thing Gilligan knows how to do, it’s telling a story in non-linear format. Though he didn’t state it outright, the writer did say, "You saw from Breaking Bad that we like non-linear storytelling and jumping around in time. I would point you in the direction that anything that’s possible in Breaking Bad is possible in Better Call Saul."
The show will be visually different from Breaking Bad.
Coming from the same writer-producers and featuring some of the same actors, Better Call Saul will inevitably have some things in common with Breaking Bad. The aesthetic, however, will not be one of them. So, the neo-Western visuals are out. What will take their place? “Peter came up with an idea book of frame grabs from classic movies, like The Conformist. We talked a lot about Kubrick,” Gilligan hinted.
Better Call Saul will rope in the best of television directors as well.
The stellar cast will also be joined by some of television’s finest directors. The premiere, directed by Gilligan, will be followed by episodes directed by Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones), Adam Bernstein (Fargo), Colin Bucksey (Breaking Bad) and Terry McDonough, who directed the very first Breaking Bad episode featuring Saul.
With all this and more to look forward to, it’s safe to say we’re excited for Better Call Saul. With Gilligan and Gould at the helm, the dark comedy is bound to be a thrilling roller-coaster ride. 2015 can’t come soon enough!