Good News And Bad News: The Latest On Breaking Bad Prequel Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC
Credit: AMC

After five extremely successful seasons of Breaking Bad on AMC, a spin-off of course seemed the logical place to go next. As production has begun on Better Call Saul, a show that takes place before the events of its hit parent show, it has been a series of good news/bad news for fans eagerly anticipating its premiere.

In our first spot of good news, Better Call Saul began filming in New Mexico earlier this month, with AMC president Charlie Collier revealing, “Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date”

AMC went on to tease a first look image from the set, featuring Bob Odenkirk as lawyer Saul Goodman, alongside Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and his Better Call Saul co-showrunner Peter Gould. You can check out this exciting sneak peak ABOVE!

Of the highly talented team, Collier promised, “We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures”

Gilligan will also direct the pilot of the ten-episode first season, which was initially supposed to air this November. The premiere date has now been moved to early 2015 though, which is bad news for the impatient ones amongst you.

More good news though, despite being yet to air, Better Call Saul has already been renewed for a thirteen episode second season, slated to hit our screens in 2016, with Collier explaining, “We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes.”

As for the multi-award-winning stars of Breaking Bad, reports at the beginning of June had suggested Bryan Cranston would “definitely” be making an appearance as Walter White in flashbacks or flashforwards. In a recent interview with Aaron Paul, however, Cranston’s co-star confirmed he would not be reprising his role of Jesse Pinkman in the spin-off, telling The Huffington Post, “To be honest, it’s not gonna happen. There’s rumours floating around that I’m going to be doing it, but that’s simply not the case. I mean, we’ve joked around it, but it’s a prequel. I have no idea how Jesse would show up. I’m much older now.”

So make of that what you will. I know that I, for one, would love to see appearances from both Cranston and Paul, even in the tiniest of cameos.

Better Call Saul may have huge shoes to fill, but so far its development looks promising! The series, which will also feature Jonathan Banks, Eileen Fogarty, and Michael McKean, will debut early next year.