“It’s all good, man!” When AMC announced that they were going to make a Breaking Bad spinoff surrounding Walter White’s lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), there were a number of people out there who thought the new TV show was going to be a bad idea. Firstly, it was following a character that wasn’t really as interesting as Walter White (Bryan Cranston) or Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Secondly, it was going to be a drama instead of a comedy, like the title Better Call Saul would suggest. And lastly, it was going to be a prequel to Breaking Bad, which typically are not as good as the original.
All of these elements sounded like a recipe for disaster. When the new TV show premiered earlier this year, negative criticisms of its concept quickly went away because Better Call Saul was actually good! Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould figured out a way to make Saul Goodman (AKA Jimmy McGill on the TV show) an interesting and sympathetic character. They also surrounded him with strong characters like his older brother Chuck (Michael McKean), his good friend Kim (Rhea Seehorn), and the return of Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) from Breaking Bad. After the surprisingly excellent season one, Better Call Saul will soon be back for season two in 2016.
AMC dropped two new 30-second teaser trailers that gives viewers the overall tone of season one and hints to what’s to come in season two. The first teaser is titled “The Right Thing” and follows Jimmy on his way into the courthouse. We hear key phrases from season one – like “giving slippin’ Jimmy a law degree is like giving a chimp a machine gun” – that shaped the character throughout season one. Jimmy wanted to do the right thing, but trying to stay true to himself screwed him over when his brother betrayed him. And now Jimmy just wants to win, regardless if it’s the right thing to do.
The second Better Call Saul teaser features Jimmy getting his hustle on as a lawyer and the different faces he has to wear to get the job done. Although neither of these preview feature any new footage from the show’s new season, both teasers look great and should get fans excited for Saul’s return next year.
Part of the reason why Better Call Saul works is due to Bob Odenkirk’s charm and talents as an actor. In fact, Odenkirk was so good as Jimmy McGill that he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series this past year. Unfortunately, Odenkirk lost out to Jon Hamm, who won for his role as Don Draper on Mad Men. Still, there’s always next year…
While there’s no official airdate for Better Call Saul season 2 yet, it is expected to premiere on AMC in early 2016.