Although the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) came to a close in 2013, the story of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) has only just begun. It’s been almost a year since Better Call Saul premiered on AMC, taking the Breaking Bad universe to a different emotional place by exploring previously unseen backstories of its more popular characters. It proved so popular that fans have been clamoring for a follow-up season ever since. Luckily for them, the second season of the hit series is only a couple of weeks away.
Season 2 of Better Call Saul promises to take the arc of the character we saw last season — for better or worse — and expand upon it one year later. A new clip from the second season has hit the web, showcasing just how much Jimmy McGill has changed since audiences last saw him.
The clip (via EW) showcases how Better Call Saul manages to take a mundane scene and turn it into a serious indication of character growth. Jimmy pulls his beat-up old car outside of the nail salon that also houses his law firm. Upon walking into the business, he greets the workers and clients with his characteristic slick charm. Jimmy then reaches the end of the building where his office is located and makes a move for a cup of cucumber water. Although the owner of the salon reprimands him, Jimmy merely smirks, throws his tie over his shoulder and drinks the forbidden liquid straight from the spout.
By comparison to last season, Jimmy has become much more assertive and much less concerned with acting like an upright citizen. His willingness to blow off the manager of the salon and blatantly disrespect her demonstrates the changes to his character in the fallout of last season. He — and his newfound ally — Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) have seen the worst of the Albuquerque criminal underworld, and they’re now ready to take a slice of it for themselves.
It will be interesting to see just how much Better Call Saul is willing to let Jimmy act like the bad guy this season. While he’s most certainly established himself as a criminal and would never qualify as a stand-up guy, the fact that the first season briefly showcased his miserable new life in Nebraska, after the events of Breaking Bad, seems to set the character up for some level of redemption when all is said and done. Saul Goodman may have established a reputation as a liar and a cheat, but by comparison to the evil Walter White had done, one could argue he’s a fundamentally better person. Then again, it’s always possible that Jimmy will do something during the events of Better Call Saul‘s second season that will turn viewers against him and make him deserve his modern day, paranoid isolation — only time will tell.
Better Call Saul season 2 premieres on February 15, 2016 at 10 p.m. EST on AMC.