After an impressive first season that scored seven Primetime Emmy nominations (including Outstanding Drama Series), AMC’s Better Call Saul is gearing up for the premiere of season 2 in February 2016. Continuing the misadventures of small time attorney James McGill (Bob Odenkirk) before he adopted the Saul Goodman persona Breaking Bad fans know and love, the second season finds McGill at a fork in the road where he must choose between the honest path or reverting to his infamous “Slippin’ Jimmy” troublemaking ways.
To get fans ready for the new episodes, AMC has already released a handful of images featuring Jimmy and his trusted accomplice Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). Today, they continue their marketing campaign with a new teaser (watch it above) that shows off new season 2 footage.
Though the preview is brief (only 30 seconds), it packs a lot in that short amount of time. In the opening, Jimmy asks his friend Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) where “doing the right thing” has gotten him throughout his life, hinting at the themes Better Call Saul will be tackling. During the first season, McGill learned the hard way that acting morally isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and now he’s decided to form his own – shadier – path to get on top and advance his legal career.
It would appear that viewers will get their first glimpses at Jimmy’s transformation into the criminal lawyer who worked with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, as the trailer indicates at some point in season 2, McGill will fake evidence (a completely unethical thing to do) in order to get ahead in a particular case. Despite Kim’s disapproval of his tactics, it doesn’t sound like Jimmy will be swayed back to the light anytime soon, given his question “who among us is without sin?”
The trailer also incorporates pull quotes from various critics to illustrate that season 2 is going to be just as memorable a ride as the first one was. With expressions such as “marvelously original,” “entertaining and smart,” and “great comedic noir” being used to describe the episodes, the high expectations for the second season’s debut will only be raised. Better Call Saul was a rare example in popular media of how to successfully pull off a prequel series, and even though fans know Saul Goodman ends up managing a Cinnabon in Omaha, his story is one of the more interesting to watch unfold on TV. It’s nice to see that the first season apparently wasn’t a fluke.
By now, audiences shouldn’t be surprised that Vince Gilligan seems to have once again spun dramatic gold out of his tales in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For years, he’s had a great grasp on how to craft compelling narratives around fascinating individuals that keep viewers guessing on a week-to-week basis. Even with all the accolades he’s received, Gilligan is not one to rest on his laurels and is always looking for a fun challenge. While fans still have to wait about a month to judge for themselves, it looks like Gilligan continues to top himself.
Better Call Saul season 2 premieres on February 15, 2016 at 10 p.m. EST on AMC.