Spin-off series centred on Walt's dodgy lawyer is set to premiere next month (February)
Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman will not appear in the first season of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off series centred on Walter White’s dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman.
The spin-off series is initially set in 2002, six years before Saul meets Walter. When we meet Saul he’s actually called James “Jimmy” McGill and hustling for supposed “legal” work with private investigator Mike, played by Jonathan Banks, another character familiar from Breaking Bad.
“In the spirit of full disclosure, Walt and Jesse will not appear in season one,” the show’s co-creator Peter Gould confirmed at a TV industry seminar over the weekend, Entertainment Weekly reports. “Having said that, everything else is on the table.”
However, Gould’s co-creator Vince Gilligan refused to rule out the possibility that Walter and Jesse could appear in Better Call Saul eventually. “The short answer is: The sky is the limit and any of these characters could conceivably show up in future seasons,” he explained. “But the intention is it will feel proper and organic, because if it feels like a stunt then something has gone terribly wrong in the writers’ room.”
Gilligan added: “Jesse will be tricky, because he’s so young [during the period when Better Call Saul is set]. To be completely honest, I want to see them all eventually. There’s a constant tension of, ‘Man, this would be fun to do, but would it just be a stunt?’”
US cable network AMC has recently announced that it will air the first episode of Better Call Saul on February 8 – with Episode Two to follow 24 hours later on February 9. In the UK, the series will arrive on Netflix in the same month, at an exact date to be confirmed.
Better Call Saul‘s first season will consist of 10 episodes, and AMC has already commissioned a second season comprising 13 episodes. The spin-off series is being steered by Gould, one of Breaking Bad‘s executive producers, and Gilligan, who created the award-winning drugs drama starring Bryan Cranston.
Earlier this month (December) AMC released the first official poster for Better Call Saul. Check it out here.