Forget Christmas; the limited chunk of time every year that our presence is graced with the best show on TV – Better Call Saul – is the most wonderful time of the year. Controversial statement: The show is (at times) better than it’s predecessor: Breaking Bad. Season 4 is right around the corner, and series star Bob Odenkirk talked to Entertainment Weekly about the show. Spoilers for the show will follow if you are not caught up.
The show will deal with the death of Chuck, which “will reverberate strongly throughout the new season.” Odenkirk mentions that there will be some heavy stuff between Jimmy and Kim, and that he actually pushed back on some things because the spiral from Jimmy to Saul is too painful and wanted to resist going that way as long as possible.
“If you’re intrigued by the Jimmy-Kim relationship, this next season is gonna knock you out,” Odenkirk said. “There are scenes between Jimmy and Kim that are on another level that you haven’t seen on this show. They’re outside of character that a real couple needs to have… and it makes his life in Breaking Bad all the more tragic because she’s not in his life.”
The show is truly phenomenal – a master class at the “slow burn”. If more people had better attention spans, it would be more appreciated than it already is. Now get off my lawn.
The show almost wasn’t what it is though. It was almost a half hour sitcom. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan elaborates:
“We sold it to Sony and AMC without knowing what it was,” Gilligan said. “We thought it might be a half-hour sitcom. We thought about ripping off Dr. Katz. Week in and week out famous comics would come in with their legal problems. But we knew nothing about writing straight-up comedy.”
What the final product became was definitely the better choice. They have given the audience no reason to ponder”what if” Saul was something else – we are too enamored with the current form.
I just hope Better Call Saul doesn’t tread water too long. Likeable, down on his luck Jimmy McGill does have to become slimy con man Saul Goodman eventually. But I am of the mind that the show doesn’t have to end when that happens. It can just flash forward.
We get one post-Breaking Bad scene every season. It is in black and white, and it shows Saul’s sad life after Walter destroyed it. We get a little more of the puzzle every season. At first I thought they were just fun little Easter Eggs. But what if that was the catalyst to continue the story after we see Jimmy’s transformation to Saul? Better Call Saul could be a prequel and sequel series to Breaking Bad. If one franchise can successfully manage to have its
cake Cinnabon and eat it too, it is this one.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, all of the previous seasons are now on Netflix, so you have plenty of time to catch up in time for season 4.
Season 4 of Better Call Saul premieres Monday, August 6 on AMC. Will you be watching?