In 2013, Badfinger’s song “Baby Blue” played out our last moments in the world of Breaking Bad, despite the announcement of a spin-off series in the works. Later on it was announced that a new show, focusing on Walter White’s crooked lawyer, Saul Goodman, would take place before, during, and after the events of Breaking Bad. With the first episode roughly a month away, here’s five things I hope to see when we all tune in.
1. Post-Heisenberg America
With the promise of events taking place after Felina, I’d like to see how the world takes to the revelations that came from the rise of Heisenberg. A major fast food restaurant was revealed to be a front for meth distribution, a school teacher became a drug kingpin, and depending on the status of loose ends (Jesse, the confession tape, the security cameras at the compound) the story the public knows can change drastically. While it might be known that Walter was Heisenberg, imagine finding out he was also responsible for the retirement home explosion, the crash of flight 515 and the grisly murders of several inmates.
2. The Story of Mike Ehrmantraut
In one of the first clips for Better Call Saul we see Mike working as a toll booth operator when he meets Goodman. Considering his history as a police officer, he’d have to do something pretty bad to end up there. So, what was it? When Hank Schrader tried to interrogate him he mentioned an “interesting” exit from the force. will we find out what happened? When did he get into the PI business? How did he and Saul end up working together? Jonathan Banks dropped out of Community for this, so I’m hoping we’ll see him as a series regular and learn more about Mike’s past and career.
3. When did he meet this character?
Aaron Paul stated he’s in serious talks to reprise his role as Jesse Pinkman, and while I would love to know how Saul and Jesse crossed paths, what I really want to see is Saul’s first meeting with Gustavo Fring. Gus is one of the greatest villains of all time, but we only know him when he’s a success. What was he like before Los Pollos Hermanos and his drug empire? What was he like when he was struggling? Let’s hope Giancarlo Esposito is up for reprising his role.
4. The Transformation
In the first scene from the trailer Saul is sneering and yelling about atonement. from there we see he’s clearly not having a good time working as James McGill. In the trailer he seems like a beaten down man, not the confident, quip spitting lawyer he was on Breaking Bad. even when Jesse and Walt threaten him after their first meeting, he’s quick to point out the holes in their demands. The problem with spin-off’s is that often times the character doesn’t change, and they fall flat due to this problem. With Better Call Saul we’ll see him progress and change into the person we loved (or hated) on Breaking Bad, and I’m curious to see what events shaped him along the way.
5. Saul in court
Obviously we’re going to see it at one point, but I’m still curious about how Saul’s skills play out against other lawyers. He can deal with drug dealers and criminals with ease, but what’s Saul like dealing with people on the opposite end of the law? Vince Gilligan described him as a guy who would do anything to stay out of court. What is this great fear Saul has about going to court?
What about you reader? What do you want to see in Better Call Saul? Let us know in the comments below!