After months of being teased, this Sunday and Monday will mark the series debut of AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. But, while anticipation for the return of everyone’s favorite corrupt lawyer is high, there’s also reason to wonder how much “Breaking Bad-ness” we should reasonably be expecting from the new show.
In a new interview, Better Call Saul series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould took a moment to address those similarity concerns for the Breaking Bad spin-off.
Said Gould (via THR):
It’s tough, we have this glorious thing — a built-in audience that knows this character and that’s interested in the world of the show — but the truth is, this isn’t Breaking Bad.
Elaborated AMC chief Charlie Collier:
The fact that there are surprises along the way for the Breaking Bad fan, that’s phenomenal. But we really are trying to launch it like season one of Saul, not a continuation of Bad.
But hopefully [the fans] will find enough excitement and challenge to this show where they will say it’s fun and they can’t wait to see what happens next… Really Breaking Bad was a group effort. So having it say from the creators of Breaking Bad made perfect sense to me. And why dodge that association? It really is the same world. It’s just not the same show.
It’s undeniably true that most everyone’s initial feelings about Better Call Saul were all focused on it being soulless cash grab attempt at capitalizing on the success of Breaking Bad. But, as more and more has come out about the show, it’s becoming clear that Gilligan and Gould very much wanted to explore more of Odenkirk’s famous character. However, the big question is whether or not Saul can sustain a show all on his own.
In Breaking Bad, the character was the tasty side potato to Walter’s juicy steak. Potatoes on their own don’t really make a meal unless they’re stuffed with some protein themselves. So, what we all need to be hoping for is a Better Call Saul stuffed with bacon bits and something fresh instead of just the same old Saul we saw at the end of the famous series a couple years back.
Better Call Saul premieres this Sunday at 10/9c on AMC.