One of the biggest question marks in the upcoming television landscape is: what, exactly, is "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" going to be like? Well, thanks to a brief teaser released by AMC, we now know a little more.
The clip is very, very short and consists mainly of co-creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan chatting amiably with fellow co-creator and show-runner Peter Gould (who created the Saul Goodman character on the original series). There's a bit of new footage but this clip is more designed to bring you into the fold of the new series and orient you as to the series' goals.
"We are about half a decade before the events of 'Breaking Bad,'" Gilligan explains. "Before Walter White meets Saul Goodman." Gould chimes in, "He didn't start out this way." That's right. When the series begins, Saul Goodman (played, once again, by Bob Odenkirk) isn't Saul Goodman, but rather mild-mannered attorney Jimmy McGill. Gould continues: "How do you become Saul Goodman? And why?" Gould then tantalizingly rolls out another question: "What kind of problem do you have that becoming Saul Goodman solves it?"
We then see a brief bit of actual "Better Call Saul" footage before that damnably far away date of "February" is once again promised.
And while there are still some questions that we have about the new series, this teaser has done the best job yet in terms of establishing what it's going to be about and what the stakes are. Gilligan in particular seems to acknowledge the fact that even though the series is set before the events of "Breaking Bad," there's still a lot of mystery to be mined from this particular oddball.
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