I have so many emotions about the fact that the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad will begin airing August 11th. On the one hand, I absolutely cannot WAIT to see how the increasingly devastating story will conclude, and on the other hand, I'm already mourning the loss of one of my very favorite television shows of all time.
All good things must come to an end, though, and I'm definitely in favor of Breaking Bad leaving on a high note rather than letting the series lose its bite over time. We may not want to say goodbye, but you know the goodbye is going to be a memorable one -- which is why I cannot believe creator Vince Gilligan has actually confirmed that he's working on a spinoff. Why risk diluting the show's acclaimed dark legacy with what sounds like a wacky sitcom?
I guess the ONE good thing about the in-progress Breaking Bad spinoff is that it indicates at least one beloved character is likely to survive these last episodes.
Just who is it that may be getting their own show, you ask? Is it Jesse Pinkman, soon to be starring in Yeah, BITCH? Or Skinny Pete in Unlikely Piano Man? Or maybe a hard-boiled prequel drama featuring Mike the ex-cop, titled Half Measures?
Not quite. As it turns out, Vince Gilligan and his Breaking Bad producer Peter Gould are "full speed ahead" on a Saul Goodman-centric spinoff. As in Saul Goodman, the hilariously crooked lawyer who changed his surname to echo the phrase 'S'all good, man!" As in, the one guy on Breaking Bad who can be counted on to provide some comedic relief as we follow Walter White down the rabbit hole.
The idea of a Saul spinoff has been in the making for a while. Back in 2012 Gilligan told IndieWire,
I can’t promise that it will ever happen, but I think I personally, as fan number one of this world, meaning the first one to partake of these plot moments and whatnot, I personally would love to tune in and see a good Saul Goodman show. I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.
Earlier this month Gilligan said that the concept had moved forward from the exploration stages, and that he'd like to pitch the spinoff to Sony with the plan of developing a series with Gould as the showrunner:
It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going.
As for what format it would take, it's likely to be a half-hour comedy -- but may even turn into a full hour drama:
As you can imagine with Saul Goodman as a character, a show like that would have to have plenty of humor to it. But also because he works for some pretty scary clientele sometimes, there'd be a bit of drama in it as well. We're trying to nail that down. As of yet, we haven't completely figured that out ourselves.
Gilligan's most recent comment on the spinoff is that the team is "creatively working" towards making it happen. Bob Odenkirk, who plays Goodman, is totally on board:
I would love to do it, I would do it in a second. If Vince wrote it, it would be awesome.
Honestly, I can't wrap my head around ANY kind of Breaking Bad spinoff. It's not that I don't love Saul's character, because I really, really do. But this is a powerful series that's been SO groundbreaking and outstanding -- hell, it was even recently named No. 13 in a list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America -- I just feel like it should be left alone once the final credits roll. The possibility of a half-hour comedy filled with Saul Goodman zingers reminds me of how Battlestar Galactica was so awesome, then Caprica was a big cheesy pile of lamesauce.
Please … let an amazing franchise die an honorable death, AMC.
Speaking of, it sounds like a Saul spinoff guarantees he won't get killed in the last episodes -- but Gilligan says we shouldn't be so sure:
I have to be coy as to whether it even could be a sequel. Because you never know, when the dust settles at the end of our final eight episodes, where everybody's gonna be and who's gonna be left standing.
What do you think of a Saul Goodman Breaking Bad spinoff show?
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