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That Saul Goodman Breaking Bad spinoff may be both prequel and sequel

So far, all the official announcements about Better Call Saul—the Breaking Bad spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk’s lovably slimy attorney at law, Saul Goodman—have characterized the project as a prequel that would cover Goodman’s pre-Walter White days. But then again, they had to say that, because the question of whether Saul Goodman would even have any post-Walter White days was yet to be resolved. Now, in an interview with IGN, Odenkirk has blurred the lines a bit, saying that producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have “talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.” So we may get to see both Saul Goodman’s origin story and the aftereffects of his year as Walter White’s strip-mall consigliere.

The precise formula for Better Call Saul is still being tweaked in other ways, presumably to maximize its purity and thereby its appeal to a shadowy cabal of Eastern European buyers. When the IGN interviewer referred to reports that cast the spinoff as “70-percent comedy, 30-percent drama,” Odenkirk told him that no, he’s got the percentages all wrong: “It’s going to be 70-percent drama and 30-percent comedy,” Odenkirk said. Such machinations are normal for a TV show in development. For example, Breaking Bad itself was originally going to be the story of a high school chemistry teacher who lives a contented but vaguely unsatisfying life, with every episode was going to consist of Walter White staring off into the middle distance while he gives a lecture about hydrogen bonds. “But what if he wore a hat?” mused Vince Gilligan, and a hit was born.


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