Vince Gilligan Wants a Saul Goodman ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff

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AMC’s critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, one of television’s most fascinating character pieces, recently premiered the first episode of its final season.

Even though season five is already underway, fans still have until 2013 to enjoy the show – since AMC extended the show’s final installment to sixteen episodes (split over two years). However, considering the plethora of rich and interesting characters in the series, its shouldn’t come as a surprise that creator, Vince Gilligan, may not be entirely ready to let every one of his creations go. Recent comments suggest that the showrunner could spinoff one Breaking Bad member into an entirely new series – specifically smarmy lawyer Saul Goodman.

Portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, Goodman is one of the standout characters on the AMC show – due to a solid performance from the fan-favorite actor as well as an especially entertaining narrative premise. Not only does Goodman continually stoop to shady business practices in order to get his (typically) criminal clients off the hook, the lawyer’s incessant tongue-wagging, not to mention penchant for self-preservation, injects plenty of much needed levity into the show’s weighty plot.

It’s a combination that has Gilligan considering post-Breaking Bad misadventures for Goodman:

I would love to see a Saul Goodman spinoff. I can’t say that it is genuinely in the works at this moment, but certainly Bob Odenkirk and I have talked about it a little bit. I can’t promise that it will ever happen, but I think I personally, as fan number one of this world, meaning the first one to partake of these plot moments and whatnot, I personally would love to tune in and see a good Saul Goodman show.

I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.

Of course, a Saul Goodman spinoff would be a very (VERY) different show than the descent into criminality and madness that punctuates Walter White’s Breaking Bad storyline. Arguably, one of the most intriguing character pieces in television history, Breaking Bad has charted Walter’s evolution season to season, peeling back one layer after another – in order to explore exactly how far the one-time high school chemistry teacher would go to protect the people he loves.

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Instead, it’d be harder to flesh Goodman out – given that his role on the show is largely reserved for comic-relief and exposition. This isn’t to say that Gilligan and Odenkirk couldn’t find deeper elements to the character; however, it’s much more likely that (should the creator get a chance to tackle the spinoff) a Goodman-centric show would need some straight-faced supporting castmates – since Goodman would be the crazy one – and rely on a series of kooky scenarios instead of a heavy-hitting dramatic arc.

While talk of a Saul Goodman spinoff might be premature at this point, a “different” Breaking Bad franchise show isn’t necessarily a bad thing – and could actually be a fun detour for Gilligan, not to mention viewers, after the challenging and at times exhausting Walter White experience.


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Breaking Bad season 5 is currently airing on AMC.

Source: Indie Wire [via /Film]

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  1. Saul good.

    • I thought that the first time I heard his name on the show. Saul good man ! Hehe

  2. Better call Saul!

  3. It would be without a doubt an interesting watch and I’d imagine much different than the intense, gut wrenching viewing experience that Breaking Bad is.
    But if I had to pick a spin-off for Breaking Bad characters I’d rank it 3rd behind…
    1. Hank. Granted he’d have to survive this season but if he does it may be interesting to see his life as a DEA agent especially after the fallout of his brother in-laws escapades…
    2. Gus. This would have to be a prequel of course but it could go into his life in Chile and chronicle his rise to Drug Lord and Chicken King of the south west…

    • Walt is gonna kill hank.

      Breaking bad, not breaking good,

      Hanks history

  4. I’m all for it as long as they keep most of the same writers.

  5. If this is all we can get then I’m for it. Saul is an interesting character that could be a hub around which the stories revolve. That means they could do anything from a murder case to the obligatory fake injury lawsuit.

    My only concern is we are kind of drowning in lawyer shows already with all of the higher cable channels doing their versions. They would really have to make this one stand out.

  6. Saul is a great character! Adds allot of dimension to BB and is a lovable dirt bag…lol.

  7. Prequel. Ends the final episode on Walter White walking through the door as per in Breaking Bad. Would be wonderful and Bob Odenkirk really deserves more exposure. He has done a lot of excellent work, going all the way back to one episode in Seinfeld and a running spot in The Larry Sanders Show.

  8. i love breaking bad but this would be a really bad idea. hope it doesnt happen

  9. Saul Goodman spin-off…; s’all good man

  10. Just started watching BB to catch up with friends who had watched all seasons….and while everyone likes Saul…i find him to be the best character on the show. He’s quick witted, yet “ethical”……. Would love to see bob at some stand up comedy show, please post schedule. Did bob attend school with Jim belushi…..cuz I see a humor connection there.

  11. a great spin off would be of Mike, with Saul as a supporting character

  12. This could work! The writers could go with a “Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead” approach; what’s Saul doing while the major players do their thing?

  13. Wow, considering this may be the greatest show of all time, and Saul is one of the most interesting characters, I say go for it.

  14. Heck. Yes.

  15. I think it would be great ratings given the huge fan base,and the amount of entertaining stories from the best illegal representation in the southwest,also assures his character survives season 5.

  16. I think a Saul Goodman Spin off would be daring to Watch He will be undisputedly Tv’s best Lawyer unless if he Gets shot in the Face by the Car-tel

  17. I think I’ll watch anything Gilligan does – from now on…

  18. would be so cool
    but please please not a preqeul!!!
    just pick on where ever bb ends

    then we can have some special episodes that walter if he still is alive
    jessy etc
    then we dont need to say goodbye for ever :D

  19. I found Saul’s mug!

  20. I hope this becomes a reality. I’d like to see flashbacks of Saul and how he uses humor and wisecracks to cope with things that are going on and what made him that way. I could see him having a really interesting backstory.

  21. I have written in brief about Better call Saul in It might help you if you are about to start watching it without the knowledge of The Breaking Bad and Saul Goodman.