The new series will be a prequel to ‘Breaking Bad,’ which airs its final episode this month.
Here’s a slight reprieve for Breaking Bad fans dreading the impending end of the series: its legacy will live on in spin-off form! Bob Odenkirk‘s Saul Goodman will star on Better Call Saul, HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Deadline is reporting, a prequel series that will reveal what everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer was up to before getting mixed up with Walter (Bryan Cranston.)
The news was officially confirmed Sept. 11, after months of speculation and negotiations between AMC and Sony Pictures Television.
Of course, this isn’t all good news for Bob’s character.
Saul Goodman Dying On ‘Breaking Bad’?
The existence of a prequel is only fueling fans’ speculation that Saul will be killed off before Breaking Bad wraps its fifth and final season.
HollywoodLife.com spoke with Bob at the July 31 premiere of Breaking Bad‘s final season at NYC’s Lincoln Center, and we asked him point-blank if Saul will be appearing on the series finale. His answer couldn’t have been any more vague:
“I may or may not be,” he told us. “I didn’t read the parts I wasn’t in.”
As for the possibility of a spin-off, here’s what he told us at the time:
If I made people happy and they want to see [Saul Goodman] more, I’d love [to star in a spin-off]. It’s all up to Vince, who created the character. So, for me, I approach this job as an actor. It was a challenge. But if a spin-off were to happen, it’s all in his hands to create it and I will learn and do what he wants that character to do.
I guess Vince Gilligan‘s got some work ahead of him!
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