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Better Call Saul -- Breaking Bad spin-off confirmed


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#1 Francis Buck

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:01 PM

Link.

And it's going to be a prequel, so Saul might still die before BB ends! (though I doubt it)

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this. Obviously Saul's a great character, Odenkirk's awesome, and Vince Gilligan is a great showrunner. But it just seems very odd. I personally hope that Gilligan doesn't devote his time entirely to this, and instead just oversees. I'd rather see him move on to some brand new material. I'm fully prepared to eat crow if this ends up being amazing.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:04 PM

ZERO interest in this at all. It'd be like having Littlefinger spin-off books or something. This is a very bad idea.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:06 PM

And what exactly is wrong with me having a spin-off book series?

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:09 PM

I'm still hoping for a Huell spinoff. I could watch the guy all day

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:09 PM

I'm up in the air about this, too. It can be good and I have faith in Gilligan but it still seems like an odd choice. I hope they prove me wrong, also.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:14 PM

And what exactly is wrong with me having a spin-off book series?

You're too fantastic of a character. Remove the ambiguity and mystery and you become like everyone else.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:17 PM

You're too fantastic of a character. Remove the ambiguity and mystery and you become like everyone else.

it's all a part of the game. But no, seriously, I would rather see Todd get a prequel.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:20 PM

Peter Gould was the one who created Saul's character, so I'd imagine he will have more direct control of the series than Gilligan. It could work, I mean it'll likely be better than anything on AMC after Breaking Bad and Mad Men finish up.

Forget the actual meat of the story, if the acting, cinematography, writing and soundtrack are on or near the level of breaking bad, I can't see it failing.

Edited by Hector Salamanca, 11 September 2013 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:35 PM

As a cynical, no longer practising criminal lawyer, this is the best entertainment news I've heard in a long time! Awesome!

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:40 PM

Could this lead to the "return" of Gus and Mike?

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:36 PM

Could this lead to the "return" of Gus and Mike?


I certainly hope not... There would be absolutely zero tension with Mike or Gus as we know how their story plays out. I am not a big fan of the prequel idea...

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:29 PM

i dont imagine it as a show where there is much of a long running story at all. i think it only works as a case of the week type show

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:35 PM

I'm really turned off by this being a prequel. Other than his criminal connections, what is there about Saul's past that screams 'possibilities?' Honestly, what he would do after BB has me far more interested. Maybe he goes to Bolivia. No, not the Bolivia of the 'shallow, dirt hole' variety but actual, real Bolivia.

Prequel Saul just seems like it would be treading water until the inevitable meeting with Jesse and Walt.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:43 PM

Get Bill Burr to co-star and I'd think about it.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:55 PM

I'm really turned off by this being a prequel. Other than his criminal connections, what is there about Saul's past that screams 'possibilities?' Honestly, what he would do after BB has me far more interested. Maybe he goes to Bolivia. No, not the Bolivia of the 'shallow, dirt hole' variety but actual, real Bolivia.

Prequel Saul just seems like it would be treading water until the inevitable meeting with Jesse and Walt.


Maybe its misdirection and its just being called a prequel for now to avoid spoiling any part of the end of Breaking Bad.

Otherwise, well it could just be a weekly procedural type show without any long arcs or plots.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:37 PM

Maybe its misdirection and its just being called a prequel for now to avoid spoiling any part of the end of Breaking Bad.

I certainly hope so!

Otherwise, well it could just be a weekly procedural type show without any long arcs or plots.

I just don't know if Saul is interesting enough by himself to keep such a show viable. Maybe post-BB Saul, but pre-BB Saul? I don't know.

Either way, I'll watch at least a few episodes.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:38 PM

I hope it's an origin story and we see Saul make a significant transformation ala Walter White.

As opposed to a "client of the week" show where Saul is just Saul.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:18 AM

Maybe its misdirection and its just being called a prequel for now to avoid spoiling any part of the end of Breaking Bad.


This is what I'm thinking/hoping.

I hope it's an origin story and we see Saul make a significant transformation ala Walter White.

As opposed to a "client of the week" show where Saul is just Saul.


Although that angle could also work if it starts with him not being anywhere near as corrupt. Thing is how much earlier in his life will it be? We have to keep in mind the actor will keep getting older while trying to remain a few years younger than he was 4 years ago. This is why it maybe not being a prequel would make more sense (unless of course he dies).

I think the key thing will not to expect it to be breaking bad. That will lead to disaster as it sounds like it will be a very different type of show. Hopefully it won't be the Caprica to BSG (although there is still a chance for BB to have a shit ending too)

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:48 AM

Happy with this. Saul's my favourite character on Breaking Bad.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 05:14 AM

Come on people, this will be hilarious. Especially if they get Bill Burr involved.



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