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“Calling” all "Breaking Bad" Fans

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“Breaking Bad,” AMC’s award-winning drama, may have finished its run in Sept. 2013, but AMC has a new treat for fans: spin-off show “Better Call Saul.”

“Better Call Saul,” however, is a prequel series to “Breaking Bad,” and centers on the life of lawyer Saul Goodman before he met Walter White. Business Insider claims that “the series is how [Jimmy] McGill goes from a scrappy, hungry young lawyer to a well-known name [Goodman] in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

The show stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman and Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, as well as Michael McKean, Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn and Michael Mando.

According to producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, this series takes place in 2002. At this point in his life, however, Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, from Illinois.
“Jimmy McGill is the tadpole that becomes Saul,” says Odenkirk. “ [he] really wants to be a lawyer but when the show starts he is nowhere near as well-known as he wants to be.”

Gould states that McGill seems to want to do the right thing, but there is a certain “moral grayness” about how he decides to do things. He says that the reason that McGill wants to succeed so badly is because he has been in the shadow of his successful older brother, a lawyer at a “posh firm,” Hamlin, Hamlin, and McGill.
The producers share that the fact that McGill’s brother works at such a fancy firm is frustrating to McGill, as he has not been able to achieve similar success in his life. The two brothers also view things very differently morally.

Entertainment Weekly held an interview with Rhea Seehorn, who will play a lawyer who works with Jimmy’s brother. She stated that the show is “definitely ‘Better Call Saul’ season one, not ‘Breaking Bad’ season six,” echoing the creators’ desire for the show to be successful without relying on its connections to “Breaking Bad.”

There will still be some continuity between the two shows, such as the location, but she stated that “it’s definitely like you’re getting in a different car and taking a different road trip.”

She said that it would be helpful to know Saul’s history on “Breaking Bad,” but not necessary to enjoy the new show. Gilligan and Gould agree, stating however that there will be a lot of surprises for “Breaking Bad” fans.

As for the first two episodes themselves, The Telegraph writer Chris Harvey says that the first one starts out a little slow to establish Jimmy as a character, but rapidly speeds up by the second episode.


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