It may have only just begun filming, but Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has already been ordered for two full seasons. Now comes news that the show – originally believed to be a prequel – will actually jump around in time across several decades, opening up the possibility for returns of the likes of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Breaking Bad co-creator Peter Gould explained: “One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad, and after Breaking Bad. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on the show.”
While Gould and co. want to see Bryan Cranston return to their world, they are insistent that the show will not rely on his appearance. “We want to make a show that stands on it own, is its own story and is a brand extension,” he said. “We think we have a story that is worth making. We could never dream of the kind of success that Breaking Bad had and the love we got from the fans. But with Saul at a certain point you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it.”
While he acknowledges that he feels “enormous pressure” to follow the phenomenal success of its predecessor, Gould is encouraged by the show already getting dedicated to a two season order. “It’s tremendous for us because we get to plot out two seasons. And the way we work is similar to Breaking Bad as it is very serialized and each episode builds on the last. And that gives us a much bigger canvas to play with.”
The first season of Better Call Saul arrives on AMC next year, with the second in 2016. Bob Odenkirk returns as the titular lawyer Saul Goodman and Jonathan Banks returning as Mike Ehrmantraut. They will be joined by newcomer Michael McKean as Dr. Thurber.