Fans of “Breaking Bad” have been clamoring for any news on the show’s spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” ever since the new series was announced. Set to premiere in February 2015, the show follows the early career of Walter White’s lawyer from “Breaking Bad,” Saul Goodman (a character who largely provided comic relief to the series). Fans already know that there will be quite a few differences between “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” but now star Bob Odenkirk has weighed in on the show’s new take on the character and background.
"Everything is new to me. I didn't know any of this story about the character. I'm learning a lot about this guy, and everyone's going to learn a lot about him because it's all new story," Odenkirk told E! "[Executive producers] Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have brought what everyone loved about ‘Breaking Bad’ to ‘Better Call Saul,’ all those cliffhanger moments, the tension, it's all there and I think the fans are going to be super glad to have that back in their life."
Odenkirk’s comments confirm what fans already know, that the show will be a completely new experience. Five years prior to the action in “Breaking Bad,” when “Better Call Saul” begins, Saul is not even the character’s name. An earlier promo introduced the character as Jimmy McGill, a seemingly more upstanding version of Goodman, who is only starting to get involved in the dirtier side of the law. A line from the promo jokes about how Goodman/McGill is not looking to represent criminals, an obvious foreshadowing of the lawyer’s “Breaking Bad” role.
What will cause Saul Goodman to need to, well, become Saul Goodman? Fans have a long wait before the can find out how Jimmy McGill becomes the character “Breaking Bad” fans have come to know and love. “Better Call Saul” premieres in February 2015 on AMC.
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