While “Breaking Bad” fans eagerly await the final episode to find out the fate of Walter, Jesse and the rest of the gang, they’re also dreading the end, since it will be goodbye to characters they’ve gotten to know over the course of five seasons.
But the September 29 finale of “Breaking Bad” will not be a goodbye for at least one character. “Better Call Saul,” the proposed spin-off series for Bob Odenkirk’s dirtbag lawyer, is officially happening at AMC.
The network announced Wednesday (September 11), along with Sony Pictures TV, in an official statement that it will be a prequel to “Breaking Bad.”
Many of the fans who have been meticulously crafting their personal predictions on how “Breaking Bad” will end took rumors of a Saul Goodman spin-off series as a sign that the lawyer would survive the current series. The detail that “Better Call Saul” will be a prequel doesn’t let him off the hook for the remaining three episodes.
“As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title ‘Better Call Saul,’ ” the network and studio said in a joint statement. “Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character [played by Bob Odenkirk] before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.”
While Vince Gilligan will not be helming the show — that responsibility goes to “Breaking Bad” writer and producer Peter Gould — the showrunner will be working in some creative capacity behind the scenes.