‘Breaking Bad’ creator says ‘Better Call Saul’ is ’85 per cent drama’

Spin off show will delve deeper into character and go beyond comedy

Bob Odenkirk and Vince Gilligan have offered fans an insight into how Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will work, stating that the programme will focus more on drama than expected.

Odenkirk will reprise his role as Saul Goodman in the new series, which is expected to air in 2015, but fans of the character expecting a programme filled with laughs from the hit series light relief will be surprised to learn that things in Better Call Saul may be a little different.

“It’s total drama, man. It’s 85 per cent drama, 15 per cent comedy,” showrunner Gilligan told Hollywood Reporter in a new interview.

This is a view backed up by Odenkirk, who says he is happy to be able to get under the skin of the lawyer. “One of the cool things about playing Saul now is that I get to have those moments [of depth],” he said. “I’ve certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul.”

Better Call Saul will follow the origins of Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman. When we meet Saul he’s actually called James McGill and hustling for ‘legal’ work with fixer Mike Ehrmantraut. Due to a shifting timeline, the show is initially set in 2002, six years before Saul meets Walt.

The show will reach the screen in February next year with a first season run of 10 episodes. A second season has already been commissioned which will consist of 13 episodes.