One of the most persistent rumors about "Breaking Bad" in recent years has been that Bob Odenkirk's character Saul Goodman would be getting a spinoff series once "Bad" was over. That rumor resurfaced again this month, with Rolling Stone reporting that Odenkirk recently joked, "A TV show is ultimately judged by its spinoff."
The show, which would most likely be titled "Better Call Saul," would be a dream come true for fans of both Odenkirk and "Breaking Bad." But before fans get too excited, they need to ask themselves a few very important questions about this possible spinoff.
1. Will it be a prequel?Will the series take place before or after the events of "Breaking Bad"? If Saul dies in "Breaking Bad," does a prequel series still make sense? If it's a sequel, how related will the plot of "Better Call Saul" be to "Breaking Bad"?
"Breaking Bad" was so compelling, because it traced Walt's huge transformation from mild-manned science teacher to ruthless drug kingpin. Will Saul Goodman also go through a major shift in his personality?
2. Will Saul remain a lawyer? Does the show work if he doesn't?"Saul could become the mayor of Las Vegas," Odenkirk has theorized when asked about the show in the past. "He could become the most respectable citizen in the city. Or he could go to L.A., because he's flashy and he likes being in the spotlight, and you know, L.A. lawyers can get in the spotlight."
3. What other "Breaking Bad" characters will join Saul?As this article suggests, a Saul-centric series that doesn't also feature Badger, Skinny Pete, or Huell simply isn't worth considering. Here's one problem: Badger might be too busy with an upcoming project opposite Anna Faris to appear on the proposed Saul series.
4. Does Saul have a family?And if so, does he actually like them? What are they like? A happy Saul most likely won't be a funny Saul.
5. Is this show a comedy or a drama?Where does the conflict come from: disgruntled clients, competing law firms, or inter-office shenanigans? Are those conflicts inherently funny or darkly dangerous? "Breaking Bad" is innately a drama with some black comedy thrown in for good measure; does that blend of humor and tragedy work for a Saul Goodman series?
6. Will David Cross be involved?David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are like the peanut butter and jelly of comedy: They work well on their own, but they work so much better together. The two men have been collaborating on various comedy projects for years, such as HBO's "Mr. Show," and they make a great comedy team. If David Cross doesn't have a recurring role on Saul's show, then maybe the show just shouldn't move forward.
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