The details on Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off which will center on Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's legal weasel Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), are still fuzzy, to say the least. Will it be a prequel, or a sequel (Saul did survive BB's final season, after all)? Will it even be ready to debut next year? Yahoo TV talked to former Breaking Bad staff writer Peter Gould, the man who created Saul Goodman and thusly, is leading the charge along with Vince Gilligan on the spin-off, for a few answers.
What can you say right now about the spinoff? It's still planned for next fall?
There's no date that's definite, but we're working on it. I’m very excited to work with Bob and with Vince and some of the other people we're putting together on the team. I think we're going to have something that's pretty unique. I don't think it's going to be exactly what people are expecting, let's put it that way.
We certainly feel a great responsibility to the fans, but all we can do is proceed as we have been and try to make the best show we can. I'm very excited about it. Frankly, I can't say very much at this point, but I think it's going to be pretty unique.
In addition to that excerpt, Gould also admitted he's been spending time in courtrooms for research, which implies this new series may actually place Saul in that setting, one BB never showed him in. That may suggest a more procedural, case-of-the-week format for the show, but Gould's cagey response regarding whether it's a prequel or a sequel suggests he and Gilligan may be cooking up an interesting narrative structure that when fully revealed, will quell the fears that Better Call will just be yet another sub-par spin-off.
Read the full interview, where Gould talks about the origin of Saul in the writer's room and the day Aaron Paul learned Jesse was supposed to die, here.